Sheed must go. Hondo breaks down his opinion from beautiful South Beach!

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May 27, 2006

Miami, Florida

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Sheed must go. O.K. I have finally said it. You people have accused me of being a Sheed hater since he came and I have denied. I still do for the record. I really don’t hate him. Yes, I do dislike him but that is far from hate. For the better good of this team however he needs to go.

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Sheed when he is motivated is a great basketball player. So are Chris Webber and Derrick Coleman for that reason but Sheed is special. Larry Brown was able to control him but Flip can’t and this team is growing very tired of his antics.

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I told you about earlier in the season when he was late on daylight savings time but Flip let him play (against team rules) sighting that it wasn’t Sheed’s fault it was daylight savings time and he didn’t realize. Memo to Flip, if that were true he would have been only one hour late. That was in my opinion the beginning of the downfall. That does not mean that it was the first incident but it was the beginning of the end.Â

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I was in the locker room that day and I asked one of his teammates (this is not new to readers of SpartanNation.com) about it. That particular Piston asked me if my camera was on and when I said no, told me: “that’s Sheed. He wanted a day off he’ll get it.” Sheed then proceeded to go out and get a technical foul that got him a one game suspension by the league.

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I am not sure what the folks at home saw, but I was here tonight in a friends suite watching the game and did you see on TV when Flip went to give him a good job tap on the butt how Sheed tried to hit is hand away?

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The point is that he can’t control himself. He is hurting the team. If McDyess is given the minutes this team can more then accommodate for Sheed and they get rid of all the crap he brings with them. I don’t care if you think I am wrong, but resigning Ben is not a given, if it were then he wouldn’t have went out and gotten one of the hardest bargain driving agents in Arm Tellem and one of the reasons if you believe or not is Sheed. Ben won’t say this to you, but people close to Ben tell me that he is tired of the “acts” of some of his teammates. He is more then upset with how some of them slack.

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Sheed is a 7 footer that loves to play 3’ behind the 3-point line and only if he is motivated will be play the post. When he does this team wins. He does not want to play that way, he is selfish about his teammates (to many stupid techs) and he is a disruption. Ben said it best when the team lost the GURANSHEED game “maybe some guys need to stop talking and just play ball.” AMEN.

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Ben Wallace is the glue on this team. Ben Wallace is more important then anyone on this team. He does the ugly work. He does what is non glamorous and lets Rip, Prince and Chauncey get the praise.Â

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I am not saying this series is over. I am saying that Sheed's days, as a Piston should be. I have not hid it since he came to the Pistons that I did not like it. He was more tolerable under Larry, but in this new system where Flip is certainly nothing more then a figurehead, he can’t succeed and neither can the Pistons. This team is about blue-collar hard work, and some of those qualities are team first and not individualism. Sheed is all about the individual. The techs, the blatant disrespect for his coach and team, and his thriving for individual attention that is not about the Pistons.

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He may wear the Pistons jersey but he does not act like one. Package him in a deal and let him go. Win or lose this season, get him out of Detroit. I am so sick and tired of listening to people make excuses for him. He is a grown man, let him grow up and act like one. Joe Dumars took a risk on him and look how he has thanked Joe. Too much drama, to much crap for a team that is about the Pistons and not about individuals, isn't that what the Pistons brass said when Larry Brown acted like Sheed? I would love for Flip to get the Stones to bench him for what he did. Flip either can't or won't. I cannot believe Joe would handcuff his coach like that. He won a championship in Detroit, playing like a Piston. He had never won one anywhere else because he played like he is now. Let him take his WWE belt somewhere else. We have five great starters, Billups, Hamilton, Prince, Ben Wallace, and McDyess. Sheed is an individual and that isn’t Pistons basketball. Hey Sheed, as fast as you tried to hit Flip’s encouragement away, I hope Joe sends it back, only this time to somewhere else.  Â

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