Ben Gordon strikes the right tone with his response to Phil Jackson's comments

After the Detroit News reported Phil Jackson’s ‘they don’t look like they’re trying‘ comments earlier this week, I wondered a lot about the response of the Pistons.

Teams that are trying typically get pissy at that sort of thing. Teams that truly aren’t trying typically just let that stuff roll off their backs. I was glad to see that Ben Gordon heard them and I think his response is the type of thing Pistons fans should be glad to hear. From Vince Ellis of the Free Press:

“I think guys should definitely look at that and look in the mirror,” Gordon said. “Phil Jackson is a great coach. … So that coming from him says a lot. I’m taking that and I’m going to make sure that doesn’t happen again for me if he was talking about me.”

I think as this season unfolds, it’s becoming more and more clear what Joe Dumars liked about Gordon and Charlie Villanueva. There’s plenty to question about the money he spent on them and the moves he made in conjunction with signing them. But both guys have responded nicely to bad seasons this year and both guys seem to have the pride and temperament Dumars has sought in the past.

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