Some first-round fallout …

It's going to take a couple of days for my to completely digest my thoughts on the season, but in the short-term, I do have a couple of pieces up on FanHouse that you may or may not have already noticed.

First, a somewhat lengthy Q&A with Ben Wallace, who was candid about his departure, his love/hate relationship with Pistons fans and what he thinks of the current team:

Matt Watson: It seems like the fans [in Detroit] still get on you, but looking at it in hindsight, I think that it's pretty clear now that -- even though people didn't realize it then -- when you left, that was the end of the Pistons as we know it. They had some success after, but do you feel vindicated at all?

Ben Wallace: I mean, it was ... (pause) ... it was tough. It was a tough decision to make because I came here and they allowed me to go out and do what I do and I appreciate the fans every night for coming out and cheering for me when I was here. It was just time for me to move on. I mean, me and the coach (Flip Saunders) were bumping heads, and you know, that's not me. I want to go out and play basketball, I want to have a little fun, so it was time for me to move on.

But when I left this team, it was still a good solid team. I think they made some changes over the years that really hurt them. The Chauncey Billups trade, I think that hurt him because they got nothing in return. They got Iverson but he's hurt, he's not playing, so he's not helping the team, so really they don't have anything. I enjoyed my time here with the fans, man. We're always going to have that love/hate relationship.

Also, and this one was frustrating to write, here's something on the surreal experience of watching Auburn Hills turn into Cleveland West:

"It was a little bit amazing, to be honest," said Mo Williams after the game. "Coming out to warm up, you hear all those Cavs fans there and it was kind of a joke going around the locker room, 'Hey man, we're at the Q!' ... I mean, I've never experienced something like that in my life."

Said Delonte West: "We came out of the tunnel to a standing ovation. And normally you come into a hostile environment and you hear boos and name-calling, but we came out to a standing ovation. There were numerous times where we made a shot where you just heard more cheers than boos. That does wonders to a team's confidence."

More to come, but that's all for now.

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