The 2011-2012 NBA season ended on an interesting note for Ben Wallace. On April 26, Ben's Detroit Pistons teammates donned headbands in his honor as many believed it would be the veteran player's last game in the NBA.
That night, the spirit and energy were too much to bear for the visiting Philadelphia 76ers, and according to ESPN, the Pistons beat them 108-86.
The Sixers knew their 8th spot in the NBA Playoffs was secure, but that's not what the night was about. It was about honoring Ben, who had announced plans to retire earlier that season. Players and coaches from both team crowded around Ben to show their admiration and support.
Lately, though, it seems as if Ben Wallace has had a slight change of heart. A source close to the situation has told The Detroit News that there's a "pretty good chance" that Ben will return to play for the Pistons for another season.
Wallace turns 38 in September, and has been wanted back by the organization since they drafted UConn center Andre Drummond on June 28. Wallace could offer Drummond a lot of insight and help mentor him.
Recently, Pistons President Joe Dumars said he and Ben Wallace talk every other day. According to the Detroit News, Dumars insinuated that he would give Wallace until the start of training camp to make a decision on his NBA future.
Toward the end of the 2011-2012, Wallace told many close to him that he felt it was time to retire, but many of his teammates had faith the 4 time Defensive Player of the Year would decide to return.
According to The Detroit Free Press, new Piston Corey Maggette also seemed pretty confident Ben would return to the Pistons.
Maggette noted the Pistons have a lot of young talent such as Brandon Knight and Greg Monroe, and veteran talent like Tayshaun Prince, Ben Wallace, and Rodney Stuckey. Maggette said he wants to contribute to the team in anyway he can, and noted that a big asset of his was "being able to get to the foul line."
Maggette, who was traded earlier this summer from the Charlotte Bobcats for Ben Gordon, also remembered fondly his rookie year on the Orlando Magic. Ben Wallace, who was also on the Magic roster at that time, used to always influence Maggette to lift weights.