The Detroit Pistons welcomed back an icon back to the fold as part of their immediate future on Friday. The team announced Ben Wallace has been hired as a basketball operations and team engagement advisor. The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported the news.
Hall of Famer Ben Wallace is joining the Detroit Pistons organization as a basketball operations and team engagement advisor.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 8, 2021
Pistons owner Tom Gores broke down what type of contributions Wallace has provided in the past and what asset he will be in the future via NBA.com.
“Ben is a Hall of Famer and a Pistons legend who has continued to come back home and support our team and our organization,” said team owner Tom Gores. “He embodies everything we are building here and will be a real asset to Dwane, Troy and the rest of our staff. Ben helped set the standard for what it means to be a Piston and will be a tremendous influence for our young players.”
Wallace’s role will be as a liaison to general manager Troy Weaver, the basketball operations staff and the coaching staff. His presence will also be required as a mentor to players on the Pistons roster and G-League players.
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee played 16 seasons with Washington, Orlando, Detroit, Chicago and Cleveland. However Pistons fans will always remember the “Big Ben” that led the franchise to their last NBA title back in 2004.