Ben himself hasn’t spoken as of yet, and nobody knows what he’ll do/wear tonight, but yesterday GM John Paxson got his say in on the matter.
He’s obviously taking the Skiles side of things, which isn’t a huge surprise – word is there may be a fine coming.
When a coach comes out and makes an important declaration like “no headbands”, people listen.
“We have to address this now, and we’ve started that process,” Paxson said. “Our relationship is fairly new. But Ben doesn’t strike me as a guy that wants to disrupt what a team is all about. He’s been a part of too many good teams that have played together.
“We have to be a little careful in terms of changing something for one player at this time. If I knew this was going to be an issue a month or two ago and Ben had expressed that to us, that might’ve been a way to handle it. Right now, we’re in a tough position. We have the rule for the right reasons.”
“He’s still a guy that we are totally counting on. We want him to get acclimated and comfortable and playing at a high level. Obviously, we still think he can do that.”
That last few sentences implies that at some point, the Bulls might not think Ben can still do that.
But what happens then? With what’s happened, the way he’s played, and that contract, it’s gonna be hard to move him, unless maybe DET wants him back.
Speaking of the Pistons, Ben’s first trip back to the Palace isn’t until January. Should be interesting to see what happens – we expect lots of boos and even more signs about grass being greener, etc.
Of course, by then Ben could be playing in Europe or permanently suspended, or even playing in South America. Japan has a basketball league, and he could play there. Or in the National Madagascar Basketball Thing.
Wherever he ends up, he’s sure to not be getting rebounds.
NOTE: Amazing – the lack of any emphasis (from us) on the Stabury-Zeke thing, who NYC writers are calling pointless.
NOTE 2: CHI home crowd will not know how to react to anything regarding this, and thus…complete zero decibel silence.