Big Ben Back, Probably

With the recent Rasho Nesterovic to Raptors deal, all signs now point toward Ben Wallace ending up back in Detroit. 

I’ve made my concerns known about this possibility on LoD before.  But my best attempt at articulating my thoughts about Ben to Detroit was probably on this thread over at Motown String Music :

I think some of you

are forgetting the terms Wallace left on. They weren’t joyous. He was selfish money and fame got to his head big time, he fought with Flip, and always complained about how he should have gotten more touches (this coming from one of the worst offensive players in league history).

What it comes down to is this, Ben is done, his legs are shot. Evidence? The last two seasons.

And don’t give me that veteran presence gunk. There’s a big difference in veteran leadership from, say, a Lindsey Hunter to a Ben Wallace.

Why give the 10+ minutes a game to a player who we all already know is done. This team is supposed to be going in a new direction. I’d Rather give that 10 minutes a pop to Jonas or Daye, hell, I’d give it to Trent Plaisted before I’d give it to a washed up Ben Wallace.

Absolutely pointless.”


A recent article written by Tim Furious on puts this whole Ben to Detroit folly to shame. 

Or it should anyway.

  A great line here:

“In his best days, Wallace was the most feared centers in the league. Scoring on him was like trying to pick up the hottest broad in college while wearing cargo shirts and a wife beater with a mustard stain on it.”


Then the not so positive zingers:

“In early 2008, Big Ben was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers where he registered milestones in his career. Wallace pulled down his 9,000th career rebound, and blocked his 1,900th career shot while donning the Cavs uniform. Despite those two milestones, he averaged 23.5 minutes, 2.9 points and 6.4 rebounds while raking in on his mega contract. His bank account grew bigger as his legend shriveled to nothingness, and Wallace didn’t even seem to care.”


“They’re entrenched in a youth movement, and unless they believe in Wallace’s ability to mentor young guns on the team, like Jason Maxiell, he isn’t worth the time or the money. If you’re committed to a youth movement, and an economic rebuilding phase, stick to the game plan, Joe Dumars.”


“At one time, it was easy to love Ben Wallace. He was a big guy, with big hair and big blocking. But it turns out that the only thing more important to him than his hair was cashing in on a reputation. He’s done that, won a ring, decorated his cabinet with defensive trophies, and now he’s just trying to get a bit more money. Big Ben stopped chiming in 2006. Let’s keep it that way. “



There’s really nothing else to add to this wizardry.

Except for one thing:

May we never forget the real Big Ben.

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