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Ben Wallace
Ben Wallace
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Born: 09/10/74
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:240 lbs. / 108.9 kg.
Ben Wallace, one of the top defensive players in NBA history, had his No. 3 jersey retired by the Detroit Pistons. A clock tower “DONG” reverberated at The Palace as a white banner adorned with “Wallace” in blue and “3” in red rose to the rafters Saturday night at halftime of Detroit’s game against the Golden State Warriors. The four-time Defensive Player of the Year was joined by his coach, Larry Brown, and many of his teammates from the 2004 NBA title team on the court for a ceremony at halftime.
“Where I came from and some of the trial and tribulations I went through, I wouldn’t change it for the world,” said Wallace, who was accompanied by his wife, their son and daughter. “Y’all motivated me on nights when I didn’t have anything left.” Wallace’s path to defensive greatness started in White Hall, Alabama, where he has recalled his seven older brothers forced him to learn how to play basketball without shooting much. “I was always told, ‘You have to get loose balls and rebound or try to get a steal because we’re not going to pass the ball,'” he once said.
Ben Wallace understands the significance of a retired jersey and what it will mean for his legacy. “When that jersey goes up, all fans that come to the arena look up there. … They want to know how those numbers get up there,” Wallace said. “I just feel honored and blessed to be one of those people that 20, 30 years from now, somebody’s going to come into an arena and see that jersey and be like, ‘Who’s that guy? What’s his story?’ I hope somebody remembers that story so they can help that fan out.”
That warrior mentality and fierce competitiveness made Wallace one of the NBA’s most unique players at the time. That’s why his No. 3 is rising to the rafters Saturday at the Palace. “We’ll all be there — Rasheed (Wallace), Chauncey, myself,” Hamilton said. “We are all happy for him, and he deserves this. He embodied Detroit, and the fans loved him. “Ben brought a dimension to the game that a lot of guys don’t want to do. He was a guy that did all the hard, gritty — defend, block shots, rebound. … A lot of guys get caught up in the scoring, but Ben knew what he did great. He did it the best in the league.”
For him the timing is perfect: One of his favorite all-time clients is being honored while he’s part of the organization. “Ben had a profound effect on this organization,” Tellem said. “He is the ultimate warrior. They talk about the Bad Boys, but I think that team with Ben and Chauncey were the heart and soul. They went to six consecutive Eastern Conference finals. There was really no top-five franchise player on that team. They just competed so hard and played so well as a team. “Ben embodied that spirit of sacrifice and doing whatever it took to win. When I talk to other players, everyone has such great respect for him, because it wasn’t about stats. It was about winning and playing tough and competitive. If you look over the history of the NBA over the last 35 years, that team to me is the most unique championship team of any NBA team.”