Ben Wallace: ‘This is Definitely My Last Year’

by February 14, 2012

The Detroit Pistons’ big man has discussed walking away from the game over the last few years, and Ben Wallace now says he’s definitely retiring this time around. From the Detroit News: “Pistons veteran center Ben Wallace said Monday he has no second thoughts about a planned retirement from the game after this season. ‘No consideration coming back,’ Wallace said after practice. “This is definitely my last year.’ Wallace’s comments came on the eve of Tuesday’s home game against the Spurs, a matchup that’s expected to give him 1,055 career games. The mark will set an NBA record for the most games by an undrafted player, one more than former Spurs guard Avery Johnson (1988-2004). Despite a few noticeable gray hairs and fewer moments of explosiveness on the court, Wallace still appears to have the chiseled physique and work ethic that made him a star during the Pistons’ 2004 championship season. […] Wallace, 37, has plenty of skills he could teach young players, but claims he likely won’t consider any NBA coaching offers in the future. Apparently any opportunities at the collegiate and high school levels are out of the question, too. ‘Yeah, if I decided to coach it will be for ages 6 to 10,’ he said, smiling. Wallace, however said he does still plan to attend law school after this season, and will pursue a law career while he puts more focus on his family.”