Ben Wallace: Chemistry trumps talent

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Terry Foster of the Detroit News recently talked to Ben Wallace about what made the 2000s Pistons so successful, and not surprisingly, Wallace pointed to the fact that all of the players knew each other’s games and got along well:

At a time like this, Wallace can’t stress enough the important of camaraderie. He remains a firm believer chemistry trumps talent.

That’s what Wallace believes propelled the Pistons to two NBA Finals appearances, one title and six consecutive trips to the Eastern Conference finals.

“We won some big games and we lost some tough games, but we knew each other,” Wallace recalled. “I was not going to say something nice about them to make myself look good. I really liked those guys.”

I don’t think Wallace’s comments to Foster were intended this way, but they aren’t a ringing endorsement of what has appeared to be a lack of chemistry all season with the Pistons.

Teams with less talent win quite often in the NBA (the 2001-02 Pistons are a great example of this), and the Pistons certainly have enough talent to win more games than they have so far. With Wallace, Tayshaun Prince and Rip Hamilton all still on the roster, I’m not sure how long the old guard will silently suffer with the losing.

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