Just like Kobe Bryant and many other NBA super stars, time will definitely come wherein they have to face their age disadvantage and let go of their careers. On January 16, 2016 Detroit Pistons announced and honor Ben Wallace’s Jersey Retirement Ceremony. The 41 years old center was commemorated for being the most Defensive Player in line with his 4 consecutive All Star appearances in his 6th year run with the franchise. Apart from that, the biggest highlight of the ceremony was to commend Wallace’s important role in the 2004 Championship against Los Angeles Lakers.
During the start of the ceremony, the crowd sees white banner adorned with Wallace Jersey in blue with a red colored printed “3” on it. During the half-time game against Golden State Warriors, the Pistons legend was joined by his coach Larry Brown and the rest of his teammates. However, the most emotive part was when his accompanied by his wife, daughter and son. “Y’all motivated me on the nights when I didn’t have anything left” Wallace said.
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Going back to the history of Ben, he was known as former Virginia Union standout guy who signed as undrafted rookie for Washington Bullets in 1996. He was supposed to play for Orlando Magic but signed to Detroit Pistons as part of the sign and trade deal back in the year 2000. During the ceremony, Larry Brown seeks the presence of Joe Dumars, the former General Manager of Pistons. “I wish Joe is here because he recognized the greatness of Ben” Joe said. “I’ll go over the country and find someone just like you” he added.
Aside from Wallace’s appearance in the 2004 Championship, he also led the league in terms of rebounds and average blocks per game during the 2001-02 NBA season. That was quite huge because he was listed as 6’9 in terms of height knowing that he was only 6’7. Draymond Green, Golden State standout looked after Ben Wallace defensive playing style. Although the scoring numbers for Ben wasn’t that comparable to top scorers he truly dominated defensive greatness.
One of Ben’s trademarks was the familiar Afro salt and pepper hairdo but during the program, it was cropped. “The Fro still grows, Big and Fluppy and very very white” Wallace intrude before the game starts. On February 10, 2016 Detroit will once again honor a half-time ceremony for Wallace’s teammate Chauncey Billups that’s when Detroit faces Denver Nuggets at the Palace.
Although, it’s Ben’s turn to let go his greatness will never be vanished in the hearts of many fans.
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