Recently acquired Piston, Charlie Villanueva, posted the following tweet in regards to Detroit re-aquiring the services of Big Ben Wallace Saturday…his new teammate:
CV31 4-time Defensive Player of the Year BIG BEN is baaack! Reported: Pistons resign Wallace. I like it, brings hard-nosed defense & rebounding. 19 minutes ago from web
While Villanueva is a talented player, he should stand no chance at becoming a general manager, coach, or scout once his playing days are complete based solely on this evaluation of talent.
Ben Wallace certainly was a dominant, and inspirational player at one point in his career, but those days have loonnngg since pased. After watching Big Ben this past season as a Cavalier, it has become apparent to anyone watching – except for CV31 apparently – that Wallace can no longer convert the traditional ‘wide open dunk shot,’ catch a pass without use of his chin, or jump off two feet over a phone book. And defensively, once the best to ever do it, he is complete non-factor at this stage of his career. Just ask Dwight Howard who dominated him all series long on the inside, and Rashard Lewis who hit game winners over him from the outside, in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Contemplating retirement after averaging 1.1 point and 2.7 rebounds per game this past post season, I hope for Ben’s sake that heading back to Detroit is nothing more than a sign-and-retire-a-Piston move. Anything more than that for the undersized big man who once dominated the painted area, would be tough for NBA fans to watch.