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May 22, 2012 Updates

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Pistons veteran small forward Tayshaun Prince dropped by the NBATV studio in Atlanta this week to provide analysis for the NBA playoffs. But first he had to answer the No. 1 question for national analysts when it comes to the Pistons: Was this the final season for his longtime teammate Ben Wallace? Prince didn't break any news but provided some insight. "I think it is a situation where he is still thinking about it," Prince said. "One side is telling him it is time to spend time with the family and relax a little bit, and then the other side is saying I still have more left in the tank." Detroit Free Press

April 27, 2012 Updates

At first, a few fans in one section began to chant "We Want Ben," but it quickly spread to one full side of the arena and then to the entire crowd of 15,372. With the teams returning to the floor at the end of a timeout, Wallace bowed to their wishes. "That was a crazy moment," he said, fighting back emotions. "Even in my heyday, it took me a minute or two to get ready to come in. But all the fans here have supported me for so long, and if they wanted me in the game, I was going into the game." FOX Sports Detroit

April 22, 2012 Updates

Despite what he said in mid-February, Wallace -- who missed Thursday night's 91-80 loss to Minnesota because of a death in the family -- has been noncommittal recently when asked whether this season will be the last. "Who knows?" he says with a shrug. "Everything's open." Detroit Free Press

Over the past few weeks, Wallace has given teammates reason to believe this might not be the end after all. "You'd think that he'd be practicing, like, this is his farewell tour," Pistons guard Will Bynum said. "But he's practicing hard every single day, and he's playing a high level of minutes. He knows he's still doing stuff that a lot of younger players coming into the league can't do." Detroit Free Press

"When I do retire, I don't look at it as a big celebration, riding off in the sunset smiling with dancing and music playing in the background," he said. "To me, it's not that. Retirement, to me, is depressing. Depressing. It's one of those things where it's not something you want to do; nobody wants to retire from basketball. You want to play basketball forever. "Retirement is admitting to yourself and everybody else that, 'I can't do this job anymore.' For me, that's not a celebration. It's the end of something great, giving up something I've been doing all my life, something I've been striving for, trying to be the best at. And now you got to say, 'I'm no longer that?' "I don't need a party. When I'm ready to go, just let me go." Detroit Free Press

April 6, 2012 Updates

Detroit Pistons veteran Ben Wallace’s looming retirement is the only thing that will cease his adventures at the free-throw line. Moments after Wallace played the final 18 minutes of a 99-94 win Thursday over the Washington Wizards – and made five of his six free-throw attempts in the final 2:18 -- he received a message on that very subject from his wife, Chanda. “I got a text from my wife saying she really hates when teams go to that hack-a-Ben, or bump-a-Ben, but she’s very proud of the fact that I can go up there and knock those shots down,” Wallace said. “As a player, you’ve got to accept those challenges and go up there and knock the shots down, help your team out.” Booth Newspapers

April 5, 2012 Updates

Make it another milestone for Pistons big man Ben Wallace. Wallace grabbed the 7,000th defensive rebound of his career in Tuesday night's 102-95 victory over the Orlando Magic. He had six rebounds in about 15 minutes and once again was on the floor in the fourth quarter during a pivotal part of the game. Just think, back in December during training camp, Pistons coach Lawrence Frank was taking questions about how he would have to watch the minutes of the 37-year-old who is playing his final season after 16 years in the NBA. Except for one DNP-coach's decision Feb. 3 against the Bucks, Wallace has answered the call every night. "Probably if you asked (Wallace), he would probably say 'I wish he played me more,' " Frank said after the Pistons' short practice Wednesday afternoon. "(Wallace) is a phenomenal competitor (and) still can contribute pretty much in a winning way. He embodies everything a professional should be about. "The guy doesn't take a day off; he works every single day." Detroit Free Press

April 4, 2012 Updates

It sounded more like never-say-never, or perhaps a bit of wistfulness, than any firm declaration that Wallace is reconsidering his retirement when he joked in a post-game television interview that he would allow a fan poll to determine whether he should return next year for a 17th season. Moments later, asked if there is any possibility of stalling retirement, Wallace said, “Nothing's possible – it's possible – but if it's up to me, I'm going home.” Wallace has said that his decision to retire is based largely on a desire to spend more time with his family. Booth Newspapers

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February 15, 2012 Updates

If Pistons coach Lawrence Frank had a vote, he wouldn't hesitate voting Ben Wallace into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Frank's endorsement Tuesday came about 90 minutes before Wallace set an NBA record for games played by an undrafted player (1,055). "Oh, yeah," Frank said. "Who knows in terms of the voting? But (from my perspective), without a doubt (Wallace is in). "You look at what he's done — he's a champion, four-time defensive player of the year. I think without a doubt he has credentials to be Hall of Fame-worthy." Detroit News

February 13, 2012 Updates

Ben Wallace insists this is his last season — without a doubt. The Detroit veteran says he is looking forward to spending time with his family. The 37-year-old Wallace decided to come back for 2011- 12, his 16th season in the NBA. He's now tied with Avery Johnson for the most games played by an undrafted player since the NBA-ABA merger, and Wallace can break that mark Tuesday night when the Pistons host the San Antonio Spurs. Times Union

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