I'm not exactly sure what the majority of fans think in regards to Ben Wallace the player. From the vote we had on the post a few days ago, it seems most, 80% actually, are happy that he's back with the Pistons. He was a major part of our last rebuilding phase and instrumental in the 2004 championship team. If not just a likable guy, he's a familiar and comforting face around these parts.
But what kind of player are we expecting? Some might think he's washed up and over the hill. Others might think he possesses "value" considering we got him for the VM. Then there are those who think you gotta get to White Castle before the weirdos show up.
Pistons coach, John Kuester, thinks Big Ben has a little more than what people might think:
"Ben will surprise some people this year. There’s more in that tank than people realize."
Is this a case where the fuel meter says you need gas, but you really have like 15 miles to empty? I imagine that's the equivalent to be exactly what most expect this season -- a few minutes off the bench. Or does this mean he has enough left where he could legitimately compete for a starting gig? How about somewhere in between?
I wouldn't be surprised one bit if a healthy Ben Wallace plays more than 5-10 minutes a game, but I don't think I'd go as far to say he's a possibility to start. Most Pistons previews seem to agree, as he's being listed as third on the depth chart of "centers."
What do you think Coach Q meant by this comment? Is this just him being overly optimistic? Getting our hopes up?
The season can't start soon enough for us all to find out what this entire Pistons team is made of. It probably won't be a championship season, but it's definitely going to be fun to watch and learn about the new pieces.
Let's hear your thoughts on this.