More on the clash between Scott Skiles and Ben Wallace.
According to league and Bulls sources, Wallace has felt unfairly singled out by team rules that have taken away his pregame music, his headband and his tape-free ankles.
Sources said Wallace became upset early in training camp when Skiles enforced a team rule to tape ankles. Wallace never taped his ankles when he played for Detroit.
Wallace left practice to get his ankles taped and, unaccustomed to being constricted, had trouble running and sat out most of the practice, the sources said.
Less than a week later, Wallace hooked his MP3 player into a docking station to play music in the locker room before the first home exhibition game. Asked then if he now allowed pregame music inside the locker room, Skiles said he was unaware any was playing.
By the next home exhibition game, Wallace had headphones connected to his MP3 player. The headphones hung from a hook in his locker, with the volume turned up so loudly that music clearly emanated from them throughout the locker room.
Several people within the organization, including players, theorized Wallace was marking his turf for what perhaps was an inevitable clash between two strong-willed men.
Less than three weeks after being hired in 2003, Skiles uttered this classic quote in regard to a standoff with Eddie Robinson: “I’ve never lost a battle of wills in my life. And I don’t plan on doing it now.”
Wallace, who called himself “stubborn” in the preseason, clearly viewed his decision to wear a headband as payback. Via Chicago Sports.com
I am sure it runs deeper than this. I wish Ben the best but ever since he started to pout in Orlando and wouldn’t re-enter the game I had my doubts about his character. Though I still believe he’s a stand up guy, maybe there is a side of him we fans didn’t get to see.
I think Ben will be just fine, he won’t let something like this jeopardize his playing career, at least I hope not.