Wednesday, November 21, 2007

I told you Ben Wallace wasn't worth it

I don't want to say I told you so, but since I have it in writing. I told you so.
The Bulls signing of Ben Wallace to a ridiculous deal was a (Frank Caliendo's Charles Barkley voice) "tuerrible."

In my Jule 5, 2006 post (scroll down), I wrote:
"Is Big Ben Worth It?

Big Ben Wallace signed a four year deal worth $60 million with the Chicago Bulls and nobody seems to be up in arms over one of the worst signings we have seen in years. That's right, this will rank up there with Brian Cardinal and Adonal Foyle. Forget the ESPN reputation Wallace has built over the years by virtue of playing for a great team with other terrific players like Chauncey Billups, Tayshaun Prince, Rasheed Wallace and Rip Hamilton..."

At the time, Wallace was supposed to be an upgrade over Tyson Chandler, who is now thriving for the New Orleans Hornets and even played on the USA team this summer. But Chandler's numbers were actually better per 48 minutes. Moreover, the best career comparison for Wallace at the time was Dale Davis. Not exactly a superstar.

Now that Wallace is in the second year of that deal and making $15.5 million, the Bulls want to dump him like month old milk. Unfortunately for them, there are no takers, and Wallace is clogging up playing time for promising and more energetic youngsters Tyrus Thomas and Joakim Noah.

Plus the Bulls have gotten of to a 2-8 start and the fans have been chanting for a Kobe trade that is looking less and less likely to happen.

Check it out: My Daily News article on the Harvard Westlake girls volleyball team in the state tournament

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