Ben Wallace on the Verge of Retirement?

by May 20, 2010

Big Ben sounds like a man whose career might soon be coming to an end, largely due to injuries. From the Detroit News: “This is where he became one of the toughest defenders in the NBA. This also might be where his career ends. Wallace admitted Wednesday he’s unsure if he’ll retire, or if he does return to the NBA, stay with the Pistons. ‘Everybody has supported me, and for the rest of my life I am going to be remembered for what I did here,’ he said. ‘I feel a part of the community of Detroit. This is always going to have a special place in my heart.’ The factor in his decision: his 35-year-old body. Wallace, who is working out almost daily at home in Virginia, said he must listen to his body. ‘When I am healthy, I can play this game at a high level night in and night out,’ he said. ‘But sometimes, those knick-knack injuries take so much out of you mentally. Physically, I can handle anything but mentally when you have those injuries, it takes away from your game.’ Pistons general manager Joe Dumars said via text message the team isn’t putting any pressure on Wallace. ‘We would like to have him back,’ Dumars wrote. ‘And he’ll let me know when he’s ready to make a decision.”‘