Ben Wallace to Contemplate Retirement

by April 06, 2011

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?'”