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Monday, May 02, 2005 at 10:32 AM

Big Ben gets what he should have never lost.

Just heard a "rumor" on the radio here, but I figured I would post on it anyhow. Again, the key word is rumor, but usually they turn to truth from this radio station source. They just reported that their source has been told that our very own Big Ben Wallace will be named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year later on this afternoon. The award comes back to the player that never should have lost it, and not a moment too soon. He deserves it, he earns it and he is the premier defensive player in the league, hands down. As Ben goes the Pistons go, we all know that crazy catch phrase "Going to Work!" by heart by now! Last year was fraudulent at best, giving the award to Ron "I Love Beer Cups" Artest, he didn't deserve it and we saw how good of a defender he was in last years Eastern Conference Finals. He was the third best defender on the floor, behind Ben and Tayshaun, and if memory serves me correctly Rip owned him all series and a last second frustration foul in game 6 all but sealed that! There is no one in the league that plays better "D" than Ben and I am so happy he got the award back because it never should have left in the first place!

Way to go Ben and stop toying with the Sixers already, take care of business on Tuesday night! Especially if they give you the award before the game, let's move on to the second round already! Congrats Ben! Later - the sports dude.

Anonymous Evan said...

I'm actually wondering if Tayshaun doesn't deserve it almost as much as Ben. Ben's a great defender, especially when he gets to help out and swat the living hell out of some poor schmuck.

But watching Tayshaun shut down -- or least really give a hard time to -- guys like McGrady and Kobe over the past couple years, it's clear that he's one of the best on-the-ball defenders in the game. I'd certainly put him, as you say, above Artest.

Anyhow -- Ben always deserves this award. He's amazing. Congrats to him -- and to the Pistons, who should put this bitch away on Tuesday so Price can rest up a bit before the next series.  

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