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Is Ben Wallace a Leader?

Nov 12, 2007 – 1:55 PM
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This weekend, I posited that certain captains would have trouble getting respected as such. At the same time, though, you've got to admire their willingness to step up. Who knows, maybe Amare Stoudemire or Stephen Jackson will find stability through their new role.

The flip side of this would have to be Ben Wallace. From Sam Smith:
Four players-Kirk Hinrich, Ben Gordon, Chris Duhon and Luol Deng-applied for the captaincy. Hinrich and Deng were voted on by the team. The team also voted on whether Wallace could wear his headband. Perhaps they should OK it only if he rebounds.

But it was most disturbing on a team known to be without vocal leadership that the only true successful veteran and All-Star declined to even be nominated for the position.
While this might be the only time I've ever agreed with Smith on anything, he has a point. That Wallace's play has declined isn't so shocking. But it's bizarre that he can't even chip in with some kind of veteran wisdom. Being more interested in his headband than the captaincy seems like something a ne'er do-well like Jackson would do. Not Mr. Defense himself.
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