Ben Wallace has mulled retirement from professional sports almost as often as Brett Favre. Not nearly as annoying or publicly, but annually.
But no more. He’s done and he means it this time.
That’s what he tells the Detroit News.
“No consideration coming back,” Wallace said after practice. “This is definitely my last year.”
Wallace has had a 16-year NBA career and has played more games than any undrafted player in NBA history. He been a four-time Defensive Player of the Year, four-time All-Star and won a ring in 2004 as the anchor of that great Pistons defense. It’s been a very good career.
He’s said he’s been done before, but gut feeling is he means it this time. Even though he is playing solidly as a backup to Greg Monroe in Detroit, at age 38 he is just done with the grind.
But until he’s not on a roster next season, we’ll hold off with the gold watch and cake.
Alan Anderson had surgery last May on his left ankle to remove some bone spurs. This wasn’t seen as anything major, so the Washington Wizards signed him to a deal and are counting on him to bring some versatility and depth to their wings.
However, that same ankle has bothered him since the opening of training camp and on Tuesday the Wizards announced that he had undergone another surgery to “remove a small bony fragment in his left ankle.”
There is no timetable for his return.
The Wizards liked Anderson because of his shooting and versatility — he can play the two, three or four depending on the lineup. The Wizards are counting on a combination of Otto Porter, Jared Dudley, and Anderson to fill the void left by Paul Pierce.
But they are going to have to wait a little while for Anderson to join the party.
Kevin Garnett is as good a trash talker as there is in the NBA right now. He’s one of the games’ legendary talkers.
And he welcomed Bulls rookie Bobby Portis to the NBA in his own special way during Saturday’s Chicago/Minnesota preseason game. From Vincent Goodwill of CSNChicago.com.
Beautiful use of the Honey Nut Cheerios reference.
Hoiberg was a teammate of KG’s back in Minnesota from 2003-2005. Hoiberg did nothing but praise Garnett after the game. He’s probably good with KG pushing Portis.
Watch out for Portis this season, he’s going to show he shouldn’t have fallen so far down the board.