The media covering the Pistons last night was on point during their interview with Ben Wallace, and Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press detailed all of Wallace’s thoughtful answers about the Richard Hamilton situation. The whole article is worth a read, but this question and answer stood out to me:
Q: Are you aware of what made it personal between Q and Rip?
Wallace: “I’m pretty sure I know. I’ve been around a lot. I know the situation. I know what went down and what was said and how it was said. But ever after that I never thought it would get to this point. You’re going to deactivate a guy that’s already not playing. An All-Star, a guy that did so much to help this organization get to the top when we were winning. And know we’re not as good as we were. I think it’s a slap in the face. That’s the final punch thrown. What are you going to do now? Of course he’s not going to play if you call and ask him to play. It’s personal. Nah he not going to play. You’re going to have to trade him now. You’re going to have to move him.”