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article imageOp-Ed: NBA - Thank you, Ben Wallace

By Layne Weiss     Apr 26, 2012 in Sports
Detroit - The Detroit Pistons played their season finale game against the Philadelphia 76ers Thursday night donning blue headbands in support of 4 time Defensive Player Of The Year, Ben Wallace, who may have played his last NBA game.
Ben admits he's not totally sure if he plans to retire, but if he is indeed going out, this was the way to do it. The Pistons beat the Sixers 108-86.
With 1:30 left in the game, fans at The Palace of Auburn Hills began chanting "We want Ben," MLive reports.
The final buzzer sounded with Ben clutching the ball and players and coaches from both teams rushing to his side.
Wallace who had 7 points, 12 rebounds, and a block all in 21 minutes, said earlier that this season would be his last, but he has since wavered on this decision.
After the game, Wallace spoke with Fox Sports Detroit's Ryan Fields and said that he had planned on retiring, but now he's really not sure. It was heartfelt and real.
The Pistons finished the season with a 25-41 record, and will be at the draft lottery on May 28.
The Sixers, who will play the Chicago Bulls in the 1st round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs, played without Andre Iguodala, Thaddeus Young, and Lou Williams, ABC Philadelphia reports.
I would venture to say that even with those players, the energy at the Palace would have helped secure a Pistons win, and I would guess the Sixers wouldn't have minded too much. Thursday's game was amazing for Ben, his friends, fans, and colleagues. All NBA players, coaches, officials, and fans should be proud.
If this is indeed Ben Wallace's last season, I would just like to say thank you. If only we played with this much spirit and determination throughout the season. The Pistons did show signs of promise this season, however. They played like a team for the first time in years.
Pistons General Manager Joe Dumars says Ben Wallace is one of the Pistons all time greatest players and will likely have his number retired down the line.
Thank you, Ben, for absolutely everything.
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