Nope, disagree. I think this simply says that Darko could not win the time that WAS available last season. There was alot of time for Darko, he just couldn't get out of Flip's doghouse enough to play. I'm not doubting that Detroit deflated this guy's confidence, but it seems to me that even when he did get into the game he was not overly impressive during the regular season. (Please don't come with the preseason lead the league in blocks arguement for the 1,000,000,000 time) Darko seemingly was never going to reach his potential here. He lost his confidence and he needed a fresh start. I seem to remember Dale Davis getting minutes ahead of Darko. What does this have to do with Ben Wallace? Nothing. And if Joe was confident that Ben would be a Piston at the expense of Darko, he should have paid the friggin' money to keep him! If he doesn't have a contract, he has no guarantee that he has Ben. Joe's fault not Ben's. That's just bad business. What competitive NBA allstar could handle that diminished role? or at least accept it without showing displeasure? Show me an allstar that watches his team struggle and doesn't voice his displeasure if he is not allowed to contribute like he believes he can. So easily we forget that it was Ben's outburst (although poorly done) that put life back into this team at the end of the season. But that point is really superfulous, because here is the section you really need to pay attention to bballjay. There was no way in hell that Ben was even remotely afraid of Darko stealing his minutes! lol! Honestly, you could probably count the fans on one hand in the entire Palace who were thinking..."we sure would have a better chance at winning if we swapped Ben for Darko." If Darko couldn't win minutes over Dale Davis, why would an All-star center and multiple winner of the Defensive Player of the Year award be sweating a player acknowledged by most of the league as one of the biggest draft busts in history? Again, I just don't get this arguement. You don't like Ben? I don't believe you. ;) I grant you that. I could say Darko is really a piece of wood. Then I could go on to explain that he really didn't play much for the Pistons because the coach mistook him for a coat rack. Although I could probably find someone who agrees with me, most would doubt my credibility. Unless of course I was kidding. Bballjay you have to be kidding. Otherwise I'm left to believe that you will just conjour up stories masked as facts to help support any arguement you have. If this is the case, engaging in a debate with you is pointless. Actually I think I'll stop now.