HoopsHype Ben Wallace rumors

February 8, 2012 Updates
January 7, 2012 Updates
December 21, 2011 Updates
December 13, 2011 Updates

Detroit Pistons center Ben Wallace was sentenced Tuesday to a year of probation but avoided jail time on drunken driving and gun possession charges that stemmed from a September traffic stop in suburban Detroit. Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Shalina Kumar also sentenced Wallace to 30 hours of community service. Assistant Prosecutor Robert Novey didn't ask for jail time and told Kumar that prosecutors wanted to treat Wallace "as if his name was Ben Smith." Booth Newspapers

December 9, 2011 Updates

"It’s tough to see a guy like that go," longtime teammate Ben Wallace said. "(He’s) one of the great Pistons. I won a lot of games with him. I had a lot of fun with him. I got to know him as a person. The guy is more like a brother to me. You hate to see him not be here." Booth Newspapers

December 8, 2011 Updates
December 5, 2011 Updates

It’s beginning to look like there is at least one roster spot that Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars won’t have to be concerned with as the NBA nears its opener later this month. Ben Wallace, 37, told reporters this afternoon that he is leaning toward returning for his 16th season. “I'm leaning more toward playing than not playing,” Wallace said after a workout at the Pistons practice facility. “Mentally, I'm at 80% (coming back). Physically trying to catch up.” Detroit Free Press

December 1, 2011 Updates
November 1, 2011 Updates

Detroit Pistons center Ben Wallace pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to two misdemeanor charges in Oakland Circuit Court on a Sept. 24 drunken driving and weapons offense in Bloomfield Township. Wallace, 37, of Bloomfield Hills appeared before Judge Shalina Kumar and entered guilty pleas to charges of driving while intoxicated and possession of a firearm while operating a vehicle when intoxicated. Both charges are misdemeanors that carry a maximum jail sentence of up to 93 days. Detroit News

Detroit Pistons center Ben Wallace has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and possessing a firearm while under the influence of alcohol. Wallace entered the plea Tuesday in Oakland County Circuit Court in Pontiac. Sentencing is Dec. 13. He faces a maximum penalty of 93 days in jail. In exchange, prosecutors agreed to drop a felony carrying a concealed weapon charge. Booth Newspapers

October 25, 2011 Updates

Today's scheduled hearing for Pistons center Ben Wallace on drunken driving and weapons charges was postponed, Oakland County Circuit Court officials said. The 37-year-old Bloomfield Hills resident is charged with operating while intoxicated and carrying a concealed weapon following his arrest in Bloomfield Township last month. He remains free on a personal bond pending his next appearance before Oakland County Circuit Judge Shalina Kumar. Bloomfield Township police officers arrested Wallace at about 2:30 a.m. on Sept. 24 after witnessing his Cadillac driving erratically in the area of Telegraph and Long Lake roads, police reports said. He failed multiple sobriety tests at the scene and had a blood-alcohol content of more than the state legal limit of .08. Authorities have not revealed the precise test results. Bloomfield Hills Patch

September 29, 2011 Updates

In an interview room, Wallace told police the handgun belonged to his wife, was registered only to her, and he had placed it in the backpack for protection before driving from Virginia back to Michigan the day before. He said he had "completely forgot the gun was in his backpack and when he got back to Michigan went out with his buddy and had some drinks …," according to a police report written by Lt. Mark Paquin, who said Wallace said "if he had known tonight was going to end up this way, he would have done things differently.". "Mr. Wallace said he knew he was in the wrong, and he shouldn't have had the gun, he also told me that he was a criminal justice major in college," Lt. Mark Paquin wrote in his report. Detroit News

A search of the vehicle found an unloaded semi-automatic pistol in a backpack in the passenger compartment with a fully loaded magazine, police said. At the police station, Wallace was given a breathalyzer test, which showed he had a blood alcohol count above the .08 level considered intoxicated. The reading was not released by police. Wallace was arraigned Saturday in front of Bloomfield Hills 48th District Court Magistrate Judith Holtz on the OWI charge, a 93-day misdemeanor, and the unlawful carrying of a concealed weapon, a five-year felony. He was released to a family member on $5,000 personal bond after the arraignment and is scheduled back in court for a pre-exam conference at 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 3. Michigan Secretary of State Records reveal no previous drunken driving offenses for Wallace. Detroit News

His case has been assigned by blind draw to District Judge Kimberly Small, who made headlines this past July when she sentenced ESPN analyst and former NBA and Michigan basketball star Jalen Rose to 20 days in the Oakland County Jail and one year's probation for a March drunken driving incident in which he drove off the road in West Bloomfield Township. It was Rose's first drunken driving offense, but Small frequently sentences first-time offenders to jail, citing national statistics and the deadly seriousness of motorists making the decision to get behind the wheel while drunk. According to a police report obtained by The News, the stop occurred after a patrol officer northbound on Telegraph observed the Escalade "had a hard time maintaining its lane of travel and was driving over lane markers." "The vehicle drove over the fog line on the right multiple times," Officer Thomas Smyly wrote in his report, noting he initiated a traffic stop and the Escalade pulled into a Kroger parking lot. Detroit News

Detroit Piston Ben Wallace is facing a 5-year felony charge of carrying a concealed weapon after police found an unloaded pistol in a backpack in his car as they arrested him on suspicion of drunken driving Saturday in Bloomfield Township. When officers searched his car, they discovered an unloaded pistol in a backpack in the “passenger compartment” of the vehicle, according to a press release issued by the police department today. Detroit Free Press

Wallace, 37, is expected to appear Oct. 3 for a pre-examination conference in 48th District Court in Bloomfield Township, according to police. He has been arraigned on a 93-day misdemeanor charge of drunken driving and a 5-year-felony charge of carrying a concealed weapon, police said, without specifying what day he appeared in court. Detroit Free Press

Wallace took a breath test at the police station that registered over Michigan’s legal limit of .08%, according to the news release. But the department was not releasing specifics about the test results this morning. Wallace didn't immediately respond to a text message seeking comment. Pistons spokesman Kevin Grigg said this morning that the organization has "no comment on the matter." The National Basketball Association is locking out its players in an ongoing labor dispute that threatens the start of the season, scheduled to begin Nov. 2. The dispute has already led to the cancellation of some preseason games. Wallace is considering retirement with only one season left on the two-year deal he signed last summer, although he told reporters this summer he was leaning toward returning. Detroit Free Press

August 17, 2011 Updates

"I did my job. I averaged 18 rebounds a game for two years there," he said. "And I did everything I possibly could. We had the best record two years in a row. The only thing that wasn't right was me and Popovich didn't get along, because I wanted a new contract and he wouldn't give me one. So, they decided to trade me for Will Perdue." And here, Rodman chuckles. "I think San Antonio actually really prepared me mentally-wise," he said. "I just said the hell with everyone. I'm just going to do my thing. I'm going to do my job. Because a lot of guys that get traded to a new team do not have that stamina as far as keeping the momentum (of their career) going. If you win a rebound title, most guys, like Ben Wallace, when he went to Chicago, his career just went pffft, went down. He was the defensive player of the year three, four years in a row, and when he got the big contract, pffft. His career went to hell. Me, my career went up. It went up." NBA.com

July 18, 2011 Updates

Ben Wallace wants to be the first friendly face a troubled youth sees when he is on the wrong side of the law. He'll be dressed in his best blue suit with briefcase in hand, ready to tackle another case in court. When Wallace hangs up his basketball sneakers, he wants to go to law school. But will the Pistons want Wallace for the one more season he would like to play? NBA players are locked out, so Wallace packed up and headed to his Virginia home. He can't work out at the Pistons' practice facility and can't have contact with Pistons personnel. Until the lockout is over and Wallace has a conversation with Pistons president Joe Dumars, Big Ben won't know if he'll get one more shot in Detroit. "We will see how it goes," Wallace said. Detroit News

Any rumor missing? E-mail us at   hoopshype@hoopshype.com.