At least not during the playoffs. There are plenty of teams in the league whose players will hang out with members of the opposing team, even during a playoff series. But the Detroit Pistons? That's just not how they roll.
Ben Wallace is back in town as a member of the Bulls (you heard he used to play for Detroit, right?) to face the Pistons in the second round of the playoffs. Big Ben was expecting to hear from his former comrades, but according to Chris Sheridan, Wallace was left holding his, uh, phone in his hand:
... Ben Wallace sat in his hotel room waiting for his phone to ring, and kept waiting and waiting and waiting ...
The phone never rang, his former Detroit Pistons teammates having decided that breaking bread with their friend/enemy was not a good idea at this point in the season.
"They stood me up," Wallace complained before tipoff, saying he eventually picked up the phone himself and called an old personal chef to have him whip up dinner for two, with Wallace and his wife, Chanda, dining all by themselves.
Some may not like the Pistons' style of play, but you have to admire their competitive spirit and their "strictly business" attitude in the playoffs. Plus, it's not like they cut off contact altogether with their former teammate. In the same piece, Sheridan tells us about Chauncey Billups sending some friendly text messages to Big Ben before the series got started:
Actually, someone was telling Wallace how badly the Pistons were going to smack down the Bulls, but the message was coming via text rather than by voice.
The sender was Chauncey Billups, who attended a dance rehearsal by his daughters Cydney, 9, and Ciara, 6, and helped pass the time by sending trash-talking text messages to Wallace's cell phone.
So Ben's old teammates do still care, and hey, it's not like Chauncey was lying to the man. He was simply trying to prepare him for what ended up happening in Game 1: a 26-point beatdown at the hands of the Pistons.