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Friday, December 9th, 2016

BIG BEN AND REVISIONIST HISTORY

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Lots of Bulls talk today as they stumble to the halfway point of the season with a 16-24 record.

Many are now lamenting that we have Ben Wallace while Tyson Chandler is posting gaudy rebounding numbers as a Hornet. There’s little doubt that the Bulls did not get the Wallace that dominated games as a Piston. As I wrote recently he’s only Ben Wallace part-time. But as David Friedman pointed out at 20 Second Timeout, “It is also worth noting that with Wallace at center the Bulls swept the defending champion Heat and extended the favored Pistons to six games.”

And that would have never, ever happened with Chandler. Wallace stood up and smacked down Shaquille O’ Neal and added a layer of protection in the paint not seen in Chicago in years. The Bulls finally had an identity. Wallace was everything he was billed to be in the 2007 NBA playoffs.

Chandler is obviously better suited for the style of play in the West. He can run the court and out-jump people.

And while he has better numbers, he still has stone hands (as evidenced by his turnovers) and he still gets in foul trouble.

I’ll be watching Chandler in the playoffs. I’ll be surprised if he’s able to average 30 minutes a game. If he dominates and continues to be a feel-good story around the league, then so be it. It was never going to happen here.

As for Big Ben, he may be Ben Wallace only part-time now but he is hardly the biggest problem facing the Bulls.

  • dhaab

    Nice spin. :)

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    I assume you are talking about Chandler lovers. =0p

  • dhaab

    Just commenting about how it seems like you’re still trying to justify the Bulls letting Chandler go and opting for a much older version of him. Chandler is still only 25 and getting better each year, while Big Ben is way past his prime and will be done in a year or two. Also, I think you should at least give Chandler a few years experience in the playoffs before you write him off as a bad post season player?

    IMO, the Bulls should have kept Chandler because they were nowhere near good enough to think adding a vet like Wallace would help them get a championship.

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    Nowhere near good enough? They were a game away from the Eastern finals last year.

    He may be only 25 but he has played in the league forever. Tyson Chandler is not even a shell of Ben Wallace. Not in passing, not in blocks, not in hands, knowledge and certainly not in post defense.

  • dhaab

    They may have been close to the Eastern Finals, but that team is showing now how that playoff run was pretty much a fluke.

    As for Wallace compared to Chandler, you are in a major state of denial. Chandler is a FAR better player now than he’s ever been. And I think you’re basing your opinions on the old Ben Wallace, not the one who’s playing now. He’s nowhere near the player he once was. As for Chandler, he’s still very young and is improving every season. One thing is for sure, Chandler’s on a winning team now and is a MAJOR contributor to that success. Wallace is on a losing team and not helping them much.

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    “They may have been close to the Eastern Finals, but that team is showing now how that playoff run was pretty much a fluke.”

    That’s not really fair.

    Chandler is getting more rebounds playing in a less physical conference and with a quality distributor. Other than that…I don’t see much difference in his game, except now he doesn’t crap himself as much.

    Like I said, we’ll see how Chandler does this year in the playoffs.

    As for the Bulls, Wallace is about the least of their problems.

  • dhaab

    Fair? Was it fair when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? ;)

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    But Delta’s already on probation.

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