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Ben Wallace
Ben Wallace
Position: -
Born: 09/10/74
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:240 lbs. / 108.9 kg.
Earnings: $87,800,795 ($131,231,103*)
Ben Wallace knows being an NBA coach isn’t easy, but the former NBA star tells TMZ Sports that his ex-teammate Darvin Ham is the perfect man for the Lakers’ job. “I know he’s a great locker room guy,” Wallace said at LAX this week … “I think the guys are going to rally around him. I think his message is going to be on point for that team.” “I think it’s just a matter of him buying into the system and going out there playing basketball. You can look at the team and tell they’re built to win.”

During a recent interview on “All the Smoke,” a podcast series hosted by former NBA players Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson, Rasheed Wallace said if he had to choose four of his former teammates to play with under any of his former coaches, he’d pick the Pistons’ popular starting five — Chauncey Billups, Richard “Rip” Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince, himself and Ben Wallace, along with head coach Larry Brown.
“That’s an unfair question. I’mma be biased for sure. Best five alive. The best five alive and that coach is pound-for-pound, Larry Brown,” Wallace said at the 59:35 mark of the interview. “The best five alive: Chauncey, Rip, Tay, myself and Ben. And there’s no disrespect to any of my other teammates cause they’re my brethren, but I think we felt as though we were at the pinnacle of our craft right there and couldn’t nobody in the world touch us. That’s why we coined ourselves, nicknamed ourselves the ‘Best Five Alive,’ cause we felt we were that tight-knit.”
Barnes also asked Wallace which jersey would be on a statue honoring his career between the Pistons or Blazers. Wallace, again, chose the city of Detroit. “It would probably be Detroit,” he said. “What we did there, offense and defense, s— …We all were misfits in one way or another. Me, Chauncey, Rip, Ben. The only one that was natural on that team was Tay because that was the team that drafted him, but we all were somehow or someway misfits over there, so I would think it’s Detroit. Just with the love and effect of the city. It was awesome.”