Defense will never rest for Ben Wallace

It looks like those Wallace & Wallace signs from right when Rasheed was traded to Detroit were on to something. While Pistons fans were just excited to have another beast patrolling the paint and enjoying the law firm-esque W&W monkier, it seems Ben Wallace has criminal justice near and dear to his heart.

And once he’s done defending the paint for evildoers all over The Association, he is going to take his talents to the court room as a criminal defense attorney.

Yahoo’s Marc J. Spears has the story:

After he retires, the NBA’s four-time Defensive Player of the Year plans to pursue a law degree to eventually become – what else? – a defense attorney. Wallace, 36, has discussed his ambitions with lawyers in his offseason home in Richmond, Va. He also has begun looking at prospective law schools.

That’s my ultimate goal,” Wallace said. “It’s always been one of my dreams. I think I can argue a pretty good case. I think I can convince a couple of people to see things my way.”
“I’m very serious about it. Very.”
Wallace has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Virginia Union University, where he also played Division II basketball. His dreams of becoming a lawyer were postponed by a successful NBA career that has now stretched into a 15th season. He now spends his downtime watching Court TV “all day and all night,” and said the NBA’s post-retirement programs are helping him prepare for law school. He also considers Richmond-based attorneys Murray J. Janus and Craig S. Cooley mentors.

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