Detroit Pistons' Ben Gordon Makes History, Do We Care?

Omari Sankofa IIContributor IJanuary 11, 2010

PHOENIX - NOVEMBER 22:  Ben Gordon #7 of the Detroit Pistons handles the ball during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on November 22, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Pistons 117-91.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Pistons have been a perplexing team to watch this season.

Entering Saturday, the Pistons were presented with an opportunity to end their unprecedented 11 game losing streak against the Allen Iverson-less Sixers.

Naturally, they blew it.

In fact, they lost in embarrassing fashion, scoring 10 points in the first quarter, going down nearly 30 points before halftime. Also, they lost Tayshaun Prince and Rodney Stuckey to injuries.

And yet, Ben Gordon scored the 10-millionth NBA point.

Let's face it. This team looks nothing like the overachievers they were 12 games ago. But despite the injuries, they shouldn't be losing games like this .

There is something beneath the surface, a problem that is ruining the chemistry, something that is throwing their ecosystem off balance.

The players are getting struck down like soldiers on the battlefield. Only four warriors have battled through every game.

The Pistons are losing the war. Badly.

And yet, Ben Gordon scored the 10-millionth NBA point.

The Pistons lit their fire with a five-game winning streak, and then hosed it down until it was a distant memory. Their engine is rusting prematurely, and they are being left behind in the third-world country known as the Eastern Conference.

And yet, Ben Gordon scored the 10-millionth NBA point.

Suddenly, more than the season is at stake.

The Pistons are slowly drowning in the sea of irrelevance. Their win streak was an echo from the past, a flashback of their glory days, a reminder of their cocky swagger, an imitation of their flawless execution, a reverberation of their heartwarming chemistry, a final mimic of their unprecedented defensive prowess.

And yet, like a sweet tomato growing in a desolate wasteland, an innocent baby taking the first breath into a cold, uncaring world, a glowing butterfly fluttering through the depths of Hell, Ben Gordon scores the 10-millionth NBA point.

Our savior, Mr. $55 million, Ben Gordon, forever immortalized himself into NBA Fun Facts fame, while his teammates are left picking up the crumbs of fading magnificence.

The 2009 Bulls-Celtics playoff series hero Ben Gordon, luckily hit a milestone shot in NBA history, while his team is being crushed under the rock of shame.

Hey Ben. Bring the glory home. Show us why we signed you. After all, you just made the 10-millionth point in NBA history.

Just maybe, you can light a bigger fire than before to blaze this team into contention