Off court antics are easier to forgive for guys who win championships. So fans aren’t in a forgiving mood these days after the Pistons blew game 6 of the Conference Finals at The Palace of Auburn Hills to the Boston Celtics. I am surprised at the number of people I hear saying that the Pistons should get rid of Rashid Wallace.
Despite Wallace’s foul mouth and nasty attitude, the 2007-08 Detroit Pistons just weren’t bad enough to claim the Bad Boys moniker. But are they on the verge of becoming even badder? A great deal depends on how the Pistons’ front office handles things in the off season.
I’m not ready to throw Rasheed under the bus just yet. In fact, I rather enjoy his intensity and determination. I can live with a few expletives from time to time if it means a great season and a shot at a title. Wallace is incredible under pressure and inspires his teammates. He’s the type of player who would come back to haunt the Pistons if he were to be traded.
While this year’s team didn’t quite have what it takes to win it all, there is no reason to doubt that they will be right back in the thick of things next year. Maybe then they will prove they are bad enough to earn the nickname Bad Boys once again. Keeping Rasheed Wallace — their baddest player — will be a key component to making that happen.