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09:11 AM ET 11.20 | Phil Jackson's comments after the game probably stung as much as the Lakers' 103-90 rout of the Pistons at the Palace. Kobe Bryant and the Lakers toyed with the Pistons all Wednesday night in running up a huge lead before settling for the final margin. But Jackson, known for his verbal jabs, added salt to the wounds by saying of the Pistons afterward: "It looks like some of their guys aren't playing hard right now." Ben Gordon promised better. "I think guys should definitely look at that and look in the mirror," Gordon said. "Phil Jackson is a great coach. ... So that coming from him says a lot. I'm taking that and I'm going to make sure that doesn't happen again for me if he was talking about me."

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November 20, 2010  09:23 AM ET

Classy response from Ben Gordon...from a not so classy jab by Phil.

November 20, 2010  10:03 AM ET

I think before the allstar break he will be dealt. Have to get something for him before he leaves, could see him as a clipper possibly a net, but a team that has a chance at the playoffs in the east seems like the fit. Dont rule out philly or the bucks, lol okay rule out the bucks.

November 20, 2010  10:04 AM ET

oops wrong thread my bad

November 20, 2010  10:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Classy response from Ben Gordon...from a not so classy jab by Phil.

I agree.

November 20, 2010  10:40 AM ET

Nothing wrong with Phil telling the truth. I've never heard him comment on any other teams lack of effort, so that is significant.

November 20, 2010  10:43 AM ET

if its coming from the Zen Master, then it must be true. it is also true if it comes from the dos equis most interesting man in the world!

November 20, 2010  10:44 AM ET

Phil just said somethin honest and that we ALL knew already, the pistons Have quit on their coach and some of then aren't playing hard. Phil didn't single anyone out just told it like it was. Classy response from Gordon though, here's hopin for good things in that kids future.

November 20, 2010  11:01 AM ET

What's unclassy about that?... Pistons should take it to heart and play better. I mean if Jackson stays mum those guys would never know; he's actually doing them a favor if you ask me...

November 20, 2010  11:11 AM ET

Can you handle the truth, Bro?

November 20, 2010  11:13 AM ET

its time to blow up the team in detroit

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November 20, 2010  11:32 AM ET

Sometimes the truth hurts..... At least Gordon might be smart enough to realize if he plays hard maybe he can get paroled from that disaster.

November 20, 2010  12:03 PM ET

I wish you guys could have read the response to Phil Jackson from the Piston's writer, Keith Langois. Keith said that Phil Jackson is still upset because the Pistons beat the Lakers in 2004 and possibly still upset that Phil's Bulls back in the day couldn't get past the Pistons! This writer is clearly out of his mind! The Pistons are playing with a lack of heart, energy, courage, love, and any other word that describes loathing! Fire the coach and Joe D. Trade Tayshaun and Rip. Make it Ben Gordon's team and build around him...

November 20, 2010  12:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

I wish you guys could have read the response to Phil Jackson from the Piston's writer, Keith Langois. Keith said that Phil Jackson is still upset because the Pistons beat the Lakers in 2004 and possibly still upset that Phil's Bulls back in the day couldn't get past the Pistons! This writer is clearly out of his mind! The Pistons are playing with a lack of heart, energy, courage, love, and any other word that describes loathing! Fire the coach and Joe D. Trade Tayshaun and Rip. Make it Ben Gordon's team and build around him...

Not sure why Phil would be upset about the Bulls NOT getting past the pistons back in the day...He wasnt even there in 88 and in 89 in the first series they went seven but then in 90 they pretty much killed Detroits future and confidence by sweeping them and leading to the Isiah walkoff...

November 20, 2010  12:37 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

I wish you guys could have read the response to Phil Jackson from the Piston's writer, Keith Langois. Keith said that Phil Jackson is still upset because the Pistons beat the Lakers in 2004 and possibly still upset that Phil's Bulls back in the day couldn't get past the Pistons! This writer is clearly out of his mind! The Pistons are playing with a lack of heart, energy, courage, love, and any other word that describes loathing! Fire the coach and Joe D. Trade Tayshaun and Rip. Make it Ben Gordon's team and build around him...

Ben Gordon is at best a sixth man. It's pathetic he starts for Detroit... saying he should be a franchise player is too much of a stretch.

November 20, 2010  12:49 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Can you handle the truth, Bro?

Exactly.
PJ is just saying the truth, nothing else. Detroit is falling apart.

November 20, 2010  01:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Ben Gordon is at best a sixth man. It's pathetic he starts for Detroit... saying he should be a franchise player is too much of a stretch.

Are you kidding me?? Given the opportunity, this guy could average 30 a night!

November 20, 2010  01:28 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Classy response from Ben Gordon...from a not so classy jab by Phil.

Oh yeah? So when reporters asked him about how the Pistons played, what was he supposed to say? Both teams played hard? Look how that worked out for Rasheed.

November 20, 2010  01:29 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Are you kidding me?? Given the opportunity, this guy could average 30 a night!

If you "give him the opportunity" to score 30 a night, you're also giving whoever he's guarding the opportunity to have a career night. I mean, have Earl Watson drop 50 on your squat is just something you don't want happening as a coach.

 
November 20, 2010  01:51 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Are you kidding me?? Given the opportunity, this guy could average 30 a night!

He was givin the opportunity in chicago, and 21 was the best he could do. And then of course he gave up 35 on he other end. Ben might be the worst defensive player in the nba. Add bad handles and a poor passer. If his guy is the best player on the pistons there in for a 20-25 win season.

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