With the night that Rip had off the bench the other night it got me thinking. It seems universal that a player is willing to sacrifice millions just to have his name announced in the starting line up of an NBA Team if given the chance. The NBA is a league of stats. The better your numbers; the more you will be paid. Why would any player balk at coming off the bench and playing against 2nd line players?? If a player can put up 15 and 5 against the starting line ups in the league then he can probably put up 20 and 10 against the second string? NBA players are paid for their numbers. A prime example of this is Ben Gordon. He has always put up good numbers coming off the bench but that is against second string talent. IS this the reason that his numbers are down this year and last? Players can make a name and a lot of money for themselves but putting up stats. If Rip had been coming off the bench all year and had monster numbers like he did the other night; would he still be a Piston now or would someone have looked at his numbers and said; he is worth the money. Seems to me that some player's could make a ton more cash if they put their egos aside and concentrated on basketball rather then the spot light.