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Ben Wallace
C - 6'9, 240lbs - 48 years old - 16 years of NBA experience
Retired - Retired after 2013 season
  • Birthdate: 09/10/1974
  • Drafted (NBA): Undrafted, 1996
  • Pre-draft team: Virginia Union
  • Country: USA
  • Hand: Right
  • Agent: -
Stats
Transactions
DateLeagueTransaction
2nd October, 1996NBASigned an unguaranteed one year minimum salary contract with Washington.
21st July, 1997NBARe-signed by Washington to a partially guaranteed one year minimum salary contract.
27th January, 1999NBARe-signed by Washington to a two year, $1,693,750 contract.
11th August, 1999NBATraded by Washington, along with Terry Davis, Tim Legler and Jeff McInnis, to Orlando in exchange for Ike Austin.
3rd August, 2000NBASigned and traded by Orlando with a six year, $31.5 million contract, along with Chucky Atkins, to Detroit in exchange for a signed-and-traded Grant Hill.
13th July, 2006NBASigned a four year, $60 million contract with Chicago.
21st February, 2008NBAAs a part of a three team deal, traded by Chicago to Cleveland, along with Joe Smith and a 2009 second round pick (#46, Danny Green, and along with Adrian Griffin to Seattle, in exchange for Larry Hughes, Drew Gooden, Shannon Brown and Cedric Simmons to Chicago.
25th June, 2009NBATraded by Cleveland, along with Sasha Pavlovic, a 2010 second round pick (#60, Dwayne Collins) and cash, to Phoenix in exchange for Shaquille O'Neal.
15th July, 2009NBAWaived by Phoenix.
12th August, 2009NBASigned a guaranteed one year minimum salary contract with Detroit.
27th July, 2010NBARe-signed by Detroit to a two year, $4,326,400 contract.
Career Moves
1992 - 1994Cuyahoga (Junior College)
1994 - 1996Virginia Union (NCAA, Division 2)
October 1996 - August 1999Washington Bullets/Wizards (NBA)
August 1999 - June 2000Orlando Magic (NBA)
August 2000 - June 2006Detroit Pistons (NBA)
July 2006 - February 2008Chicago Bulls (NBA)
February 2008 - June 2009Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA)
June 2009 - July 2009Phoenix Suns (NBA)
August 2009 - June 2012Detroit Pistons (NBA)
Articles about Ben Wallace

June 9, 2011

Stage 2: Getting rid of the No-Headband Rule.



It's time.

The no-headband rule was instituted by John Paxson circa 2004, after Bulls bench player Eddie Robinson was repeatedly seen in practice wearing his headband around his neck. To Paxson, this presented an unnecessary choke hazard, and when Robinson petulantly refused to do anything about it, Paxson felt he had to ban headbands altogether, for that was the only way to get Robinson to stop.

The rule wasn't a big deal until Ben Wallace, upping the petulance stakes a little, made it so. Wallace snuck a headband onto the court for the start of an otherwise forgettable regular season game, and when Scott Skiles noticed this, he had little choice but to bench him. Wallace was put back into the starting lineup for the second half of the same game, yet again he had smuggled out a headband, and took the court wearing it. Once again, he was benched, and the scandal of Headbandgate ensued.29 It was a completely unnecessary blight upon the franchise brought about by players being children, and the hierarchy - whose hands were tied - were made to look ridiculous purely for enforcing rules they didn't want to have even created. It was a bad time.

The particularly galling part of it all is that, while Ben Wallace has long been synonymous with wearing a headband, particularly when he had his big fro, there have been many, many, many, many games in which he has not worn one, by choice. It does not take much Googling to find pictures that evidence this. Here's one. Here's another. Et cetera. Ben needlessly brought up, broke, and eventually won an exception to, a rule that was not a particularly big deal to anyone, not even to him.

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August 12, 2010

Only two teams this summer have used their Bi-Annual Exceptions so far. Milwaukee used theirs on ShamSports.com favourite Keyon Dooling, while Detroit used theirs to re-sign Ben Wallace (whose lack of effort during his time with the Bulls has permanently sullied any affection I once had for him). However, while Milwaukee used their BAE because they'd spent their MLE on Drew Gooden, Detroit used their BAE while their MLE sits there untouched. That MLE is probably going to stay untouched all summer, because they've certainly shown no inclination to use it thus far, and https://www.shamsports.com/2010/07/the-best-of-what-left.htmlall the MLE calibre free agents have gone. They could have used it on Wallace so that they could carry over their BAE; they should have used it on Wallace so that they could carry over their BAE. But they didn't.

As was the case with Washington, this might turn out to be completely insignificant. But what if it isn't? What was the point of that?

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