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Monday, November 27, 2006
Report: Bulls' Wallace feels singled out by Skiles

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Ben Wallace reportedly feels like he's being picked on by Bulls coach Scott Skiles.

Marc Stein's take
When the Bulls inked Big Ben to a $60 million contract to become the team's main attraction, praises were made and deep post-season predictions were handed down. But the Wallace era in Chicago is already getting off to a rocky start with the starting center and coach Scott Skiles butting heads. Whose side should you take? Marc Stein has his answer here.
• What's Skiles' deal?

League and team sources told The Chicago Tribune that Wallace feels singled out by Skiles' rules against pregame music, headbands and Wallace's tape-free ankles.

The situation came to a head on Saturday when Skiles pulled Wallace only 2:02 after tip-off against the New York Knicks because the center broke a team rule prohibiting the wearing of headbands.

A source close to Wallace told The Tribune that the big man is annoyed by the headband rule because he wasn't informed about it until after he signed his four-year, $60 million contract with the Bulls.

Sources told The Tribune that Wallace became angered early in training camp when Skiles enforced his rule that the team tape their ankles. Wallace never taped his ankles in Detroit and sources told the newspaper that Wallace had trouble running with his ankles taped and sat out most of the practice.

Sources also told The Tribune that Wallace has had run-ins with Skiles over listening to music before games in the locker room.

The latest drama comes on the heels of Wallace going scoreless with no rebounds in only 19 minutes in a loss to the Sixers on Friday night.

Wallace didn't have much to say after Saturday night's game.

"Ask [Skiles]," he said. "Coach makes the decisions. I just play."

Wallace, meanwhile, might not be available for the team's next game on Tuesday night against the Knicks. The Bulls announced Monday that Wallace is day-to-day with a sprain to his right index finger and a contusion of his right wrist.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.