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Tayshaun Prince: Ben Wallace undecided on retirement

Tayshaun Prince on Ben Wallace‘s potential retirement, via Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press:

“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.”

We’ve echoed the sentiment here quite a bit, but Wallace still clearly has the ability to be a solid rotation caliber big man in the league. The Pistons need him and, as Dan Feldman has pointed out, the window for people to actually have the ability to play a professional sport is such a small one, professional athletes shouldn’t walk away until they’re totally ready to do it. If Wallace retires and realizes a year from now he still has the desire to play, the ability might not be there to match that desire.

5 Comments

  • May 3, 201212:12 pm
    by MrBlockedShot

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    Ben has been a legend in Detroit, no question about it. We will always be grateful to him for his work ethic and effort over the years. If I were in his shoes…I would retire right now, it’s clear his best years are gone, his legs are not that fresh and his body is aging. The sooner he does it, the brighter memories. Our youngs have a lot to learn from him in terms of effort, attitude, work ethic… He’s still our best deffender though  imho. That tells a lot about him. But I think it’s time for him to move on and maybe stay with the Pistons in the staff. Would be a great addition to the team as a mentor. What do you think?

  • May 3, 20121:33 pm
    by Travis

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    I think if Ben retires he is done with the NBA for now. He has a family and a law degree to pursue. So if we get lucky and get a good big man in the draft he can mentor then bring him back on a cheap contract. If we strike out in the draft and get a wing then maybe he will retire with no rookie to show things to (big man skills wise). That said, he could always focus on Monroe’s D.

  • May 3, 20121:42 pm
    by Jman

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    Prince needs to retire.

  • May 3, 201210:50 pm
    by MNM

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    Since we don’t have much of anything to talk about until the 30th, I found this Grantland article that Bill Simmons put together about “Footnote Titles”. The Pistons were mentioned a few times pertaining to there own championship in ’89 and how they were connected to others.. Thought, maybe, readers would be interested (at least slightly interested) in the read..

    http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/7883334/the-footnote-title

  • Apr 9, 201311:41 pm
    by hair chalk

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