Do you honestly believe that any former MVP would willingly go to the bench? If you do, name them. I'll do what I can to track them down, buy them a couple of drinks and get a truthful answer from them to find out for sure. Do you honestly believe that any player that is merely one badly coached season from being in the top ten in both points and (I believe) assists would easily agree to go to Memphis automatically knowing that he would be going to the bench? Not San Antonio. Not the Lakers. Not the Celtics. Memphis. Or New York. Or Oklahoma City. Or a bunch of other teams where you are simply the better player. You don't lose the starting position, you are not even considered for the starting position. That's ridiculous. You think Ray Allen was thrilled when they suggested that he come off the bench in Seattle? You think Hamilton is going to be happy when he's shipped off to a team that isn't willing to change their primary offense around to suit him? I think he's going to find out that a starter in Detroit isn't necessarily a starter elsewhere, much like Allen found out that a starter elsewhere, isn't necessarily one in Detroit. Remember this: the notion of Allen coming off the bench wasn't even bandied about until he got to Detroit. Michael Curry is now the pulse of NBA coaching? Personally, if that was an idea of Michael's, as another coach, I would go in the opposite direction, just because. One last question. Do you honestly believe that Allen thought it would or should be a situation of either him or Hamilton? I think both in question thought and couldn't believe that it wasn't Stuckey that went back to the bench.