“Opportunity seems to have an uncanny habit of favoring those who have paid the price of years of preparation.”…
34 years old doesn’t seem to be that old but if you’re into sports you will always be labeled as a veteran and Ben Wallace has already moved one step out on his career after being traded by the Cavaliers for Shaquille Oneal and Phoenix has showed no interest in signing him up. His work ethic is unquestionable; he is still the big defensive presence in the middle although losing a step or two on guarding bigger and faster players he still can give teams headaches. The Detroit Pistons the team that Ben carved a name for himself as a defensive player winning 4 NBA defensive player of the year and gave Detroit a championship ring in 2004 wanted to sign him but needed his former teammates Tayshaun Prince and Richard Hamilton some pep talking in luring the 6-foot-9 Forward/ Center into another championship run. It’s been 3 years since he last wear his no.3 Pistons jersey the number Rodney Stuckey is now wearing… His stint with Chicago and Cleveland made him a better role player but injuries hampered the Wallace we knew back on his Pistons days… “They haven’t told me anything about my role, and I’m not worried. When they call my number, I’ll play the same way I always play.” said Wallace.
Ben will be back in a line up full of unfamiliar faces…Antonio Mcdyess, Rasheed Wallace and Chauncy Billups have somehow move on to bigger challenges and Ben will be in a rebuilding roster with only Prince and Hamilton left on their 2004 championship team.
This would be another opportunity for Ben to showcase what he is still capable of. He can be a good compliment to Kwame Brown, Charlie Villanueva and even to rookie DaJuan Summers. “It’s great to be back,” Wallace said. “My career took off when I was here, and I’m ready to see what will happen this time.”…
His recognizable big Afro looks have long been trimmed and his injuries have clearly been felt on his game just like his visible scar tissues. At 34 years old questions continues to haunt Ben Wallace…the veteran with a big heart… as big as the clock standing tall in a London tower.
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