Ben Wallace, who wore his shorts backward in his first NBA game, on retiring: ‘Who knows? Everything's open.’

Jo-Ann Barnas of the Detroit Free Press wrote a fantastic feature on Ben Wallace that’s an absolute must-read. My favorite detail: Wallace wore his shorts backward during his first NBA game.

The article – which, again, is a must-read – also shows Wallace might not be totally set on retiring after the season. Wallace:

"Who knows?" he says with a shrug. "Everything’s open."

"When I do retire, I don’t look at it as a big celebration, riding off in the sunset smiling with dancing and music playing in the background," he said. "To me, it’s not that. Retirement, to me, is depressing. Depressing. It’s one of those things where it’s not something you want to do; nobody wants to retire from basketball. You want to play basketball forever.

"Retirement is admitting to yourself and everybody else that, ‘I can’t do this job anymore.’ For me, that’s not a celebration. It’s the end of something great, giving up something I’ve been doing all my life, something I’ve been striving for, trying to be the best at. And now you got to say, ‘I’m no longer that?’

Tayshaun Prince:

"If he decides to retire at the end of the year, I don’t know if he’s 100% leaning that way now or not."

Joe Dumars:

Asked this past week about Wallace’s future, Dumars told the Free Press via e-mail that the organization plans to "sit down with Ben after the season and discuss his plans."

My guess: Wallace will still retire as planned. But I definitely hope I’m wrong.

Remember, read Barnas’ article.

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