I caught a few minutes of the Fox Sports Detroit postgame show last night when reporters were asking Ben Wallace questions about whether he’d ever consider not retiring at the end of the season. Wallace joked that he might leave it up to a fan vote. If he really wants to retire, he probably shouldn’t do that — I can’t think of a single Pistons fan who would vote against having him come back as a backup big man for another season. David Mayo of MLive got more details from Wallace about whether or not he’s 100 percent committed to retiring:
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. Pistons coach Lawrence Frank said there is no doubt that Wallace could return in 2012-13 if he chose. “If it was me, right now, I’m going home,” Wallace said. “I’ve got more people to consider than just me.”
Not only has Wallace stayed pretty healthy this season (thanks to Frank keeping his minutes from ballooning and giving him more rest than he got last season), but I’m sure this season has become more fun than Wallace expected it would be. The Pistons are 16-13 over their last 29 games, have some exciting young players leading the way and they will add another one to that mix after the draft in the summer. I’d still bet that Wallace retires. But maybe the Pistons get a little lucky in the lottery and add a certain Kentucky big man to anchor the defense and then maybe just maybe Wallace comes back for one more season to beat up on Detroit’s young bigs and give 15-20 minutes of toughness per game on a team that almost certainly would contend for a playoff spot in that scenario.
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