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Pistons’ Ben Wallace reportedly on fence about retirement

May 3, 2012, 9:28 AM EDT

Ben Wallace, Jordan Williams AP

Early in the season, Ben Wallace was saying this is it. Last season, his 15th, was going to be the veteran big man’s last one in the NBA. But as the season wore on that stance seemed to soften.

Right now, he is on the fence about what to do, according to long time teammate Tayshaun Prince. Here is what Prince said on NBA TV where he dropped by as an analyst, as transcribed by the Detroit Free Press.

“I think it is a situation where he is still thinking about it,” Prince said. “One side is telling him it is time to spend time with the family and relax a little bit, and then the other side is saying I still have more left in the tank.”

Wallace played 15.8 minutes per game, mostly off the bench for the Pistons and while he didn’t provide much offense (1.4 points per game) he was solid defensively. The Pistons likely would welcome him back on a one-year deal, although it would not be big money (well, by NBA standards).

  1. glink123 - May 3, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    “NBA player well past his prime, reportedly on the fence about taking another $5 million to watch basketball on the bench for six months”. Exactly what fence is there to be on here?

    • stuckonwords - May 3, 2012 at 12:37 PM

      If you made 88 million dollars, you might have to think over making another 5 to get punished night in and night out at 37 years old. Ben’s job isn’t to play a finesse game outside the 3-point line.

  2. stuckonwords - May 3, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Stay as long as you like, Big Fella. Nobody teaches the young players what it is to fight hard for everything like you do.

  3. glink123 - May 3, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    valid point about the 88 million. however, if Big Ben has more than 10 million of that 88 million left in the bank, he’d be the exception, and not the rule.

  4. boxbarry - May 4, 2012 at 1:25 AM

    This guy is still playing? I had no idea.

  5. abchome - May 4, 2012 at 4:20 AM

    He must have realized that he could barely make 1% of his present salary post NBA…

  6. evitaluisa - May 4, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Ummm, Ben W is better, way way way better than some of you seem to think. Clearly His return would be very helpful to the Pistons and I — and many true Pistons fans, and other BB fans across the nation — know, Big Ben’s the real deal. 100% gifted and dedicated. I’d take Him over any LeFawn/LeQuitter, Mrs. Dwyane Wade, etc etc etc. Seriously!! Ok, really really seriously now, LeB did — right?? — take the Cavs to the finals once. .. So, like, that’s quite an accompli…sorry, we’re just trying to get it together here…ok, so, LeBron took the Ca…hahahahahaha! And how many championships did Big Ben participate in and LEAD his team to?!!! Seriously!!! Not to mention, how many times has Big Ben, oh, say, smashed his hand into glass (Amar’e Stoudemire, anyone??) or, say, let his height get in the way of even being able to play (JLin, anyone??). Seriously folks, seriously!! You
    gotta get real.

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