Detroit Pistons Retire Ben Wallace’s No. 3 Jersey
The Detroit Pistons have retired the No. 3 jersey of four-time Defensive Player of the Year, Ben Wallace.
The 41-year-old, who retired from the NBA back in 2012, had a banner raised into the rafters Saturday night at halftime, during the team's game against the Golden State Warriors. The white banner said "Wallace" in blue and "3" in red.
Wallace was joined by his coach Larry Brown, and many of his old teammates from the 2004 NBA title team, during the halftime ceremony.
"Where I came from and some of the trial and tribulations I went through, I wouldn't change it for the world," said Wallace, alongside his wife, son and daughter. "Y'all motivated me on nights when I didn't have anything left."
He's the eighth player to have his jersey retired by the Pistons, and the first from his championship team. Former teammate Chauncey Billups' jersey will be retired later this season.
Wallace went undrafted in 1996, but entered the NBA with the Washington Bullets, before landing in Detroit in 2000. While in Motor City, he put up huge numbers in rebounds, blocks and steals... and was part of the team's last championship team in 2004.
He also became the first to win the Defensive Player of the Year award four times in a five-year span from 2002 to 2006, and only Dikembe Mutombo also won it four times in a career. He led the league in rebounds and blocks per game during the 2001-02 season, despite being listed as 6-foot-9.
Wallace was a four-time All-Star, and never averaged double digits in scoring during his career, but will likely to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame one day.