Wednesday, April 6th, 2011 at 12:00 pm  |  26 responses

Ben Wallace to Contemplate Retirement

Wallace says his decision will come down to how his 37-year old body feels over the summer. From the Detroit News: “He suited up for Tuesday’s game in Washington, but doesn’t know if his career is coming down to the final six games. ‘That’s always been the case, the last couple of years,” said Wallace, 37. ‘When the season is over with, I’ll see how my body feels. See if I can get my strength back. If can help this team, maybe I’ll come back.’ Wallace is under contract through next season ($1.9 million), but with the drama — and losing — it’s not hard to envision him reconsidering. ‘I’d definitely like to honor (the contract),’ Wallace said. ‘But I have to do what’s best for me as far as my body. My legs are feeling good. Let me run up and down the court a little bit, see if I need to do some more work or sit my butt down.’ With a possible lockout next season, Wallace wouldn’t be surprised if he chose to walk away. If nothing else, he feels like he’d do it on his own terms. ‘There’s no use in going out there, hurting myself,’ he said. ‘I’m not getting any younger. My hair doesn’t turn gray, it turns white (laughs).’ More than anything, however, the loss of his oldest brother, Rev. James McBride, has put things in perspective. ‘It altered a lot,’ Wallace said. ‘That’s the dude who put the ball in my hands. Losing him … it makes me look at the game and say, ‘For what?’”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/farmer-jones/ Ryan Jones

    Honestly, honestly forgot he was still in the League.

  • Jimmy V

    My my, how far the mighty have fallen.

  • Animalxxx13

    Dude is a HOF ….just saying

  • add

    one of the best defensive beasts of all time, so underated

  • http://Gmail Dirty Frank

    Great career. There are many, many players who I wish could harness 10% of his effort. No shame in hangin em up now, although I hope he can work with some young bigs

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    Was fearsome in his prime — from undrafted to multiple DPY awards, and rocking the coolest blow-out of his era.

  • Wonil

    Great defender, but overrated. He did not deserve to win that many DPOY awards.

  • MookieBlaylock

    Ben Wallace is NOT a hall of famer. Im not a hater, He was a beast on D in his prime, but no way does ben wallace deserve to be in the HOF.


    Big Ben is no HOFer. I can c mayb having his jersey retired, but that’s bout it

  • NJ4Life

    Bring him to Jersey, teach Brook how to board.

  • Glenn

    If Bill Walton was a HOF, why not Wallace?

  • Nate C

    Make it happen Walsh?

  • http://nobulljive.com Enigmatic

    For about 4 or 5 years of his career, Wallace was definitely putting up some HOF-worthy numbers, but he just didn’t do it long enough to be HOF-worthy.
    It’s not his fault, he was kept on the bench early on in his career, and he’s getting up there in age now.
    But those 4, 5 years, from like 2001 to 2006, man, dude was a beast.


    Walton is n cuz of his NBA career AND college career

  • underdog

    Dude had a strange career. After several seasons in the league, it seemed like he came out of nowhere and quickly became the best defensive player around, and than he became likewise so fast total irrelevant. I respect him, though. From a Division-II school to the DPOY award that means hard work.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    dude is not HOF material but he did deserve his DOP awards, he also deserved another award he was robbed from–finals mvp,, if not for wallice they wouldnt have made it outta the 2nd round.. if he hangs it up id really like to see him maybe end up in okc and come off the bench behind piggy perkins.. dude could really show perk and ibaka the blocka some good sh*t on defense, he would be a tremendous defensive teacher

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Please explain to me how a 4 time DPOY does not belong in the HOF? Best defender of the 2000′s hands down.

  • al

    d rodman was a better defender , hands down

  • dsleepy

    dam that last line about his brother really got me. respect for playing hard every game, big ben. HOF or not dude deserves respect for clawing his way to the top (undrafted?!) to become the mini-precursor to dwight howard. anyone else remember him pwning shaq in the finals?

  • http://slamonline.com Eldon Khorshidi

    He went to from Virginia Union to the NBA, dominating the boards and swatting everything in sight for like 71 years… Salute to Ben Wallace.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Damn, 71 years is a long time.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/farmer-jones/ Ryan Jones

    This guys — who strikes me as incredibly smart — says Wallace is almost definitely in:
    And that was written BEFORE Rodman made it. Big Ben is in. Count it.

  • MookieBlaylock

    @Cantrell, I agree man, wallace deserved the finals mvp.. I wasnt outraged when chauncey got it, but wallace was “most valuable”

  • http://www.sonicbids.com doyouwantmore

    Not to be too picky about wordage, but the title implies that Ben hasn’t started to contemplate yet. SLAM, I’m a writer, and I’m for hire. :)

  • ernied

    Must be frustrating for guys like Rip, Prince and Big Ben. Detroit shows no signs of properly rebuilding, Ben Gordon and Charlie V are not the answer, and some great players are stuck where they are. Rip and Ben W. would have been second string guys with Boston (Rip, Ben, Baby, West, and Green) If Ben feels as good, he should go for another year, can;t do much worse than Shaq or Jermaine have this year.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/farmer-jones/ Ryan Jones

    Everybody should go back and read my 5:39 comment from yesterday afternoon. It answers any questions you might have.