Despite six years of success in Detroit, where his defense and charisma helped turn around a slumping franchise, Ben Wallace can't get a break from the fickle fans who once loved him. Wallace jumped ship to division rival Chicago after being offered a frankly insane $60 million, four-year deal. Detroit fans are acting like jilted lovers.
It's a personal thing, LZ Ganderson observes: Detroit fans feel they made Wallace, who was an unknown when he signed with Detroit, but rose to NBA prominence with the rest of his teammates during their 2004 title run. In the current Eastern Conference semifinals, Detroit (with former Kings phenom Chris Webber at center) has a 2-0 lead over Chicago.