Ben Wallace said he is thinking aboutÂ retirement, ESPN reported.
“I’m going to sit down and talk with my family, weigh my options and come up with a decision,” the 34-year-old Wallace said after Cleveland’s 103-90 loss. “Nothing’s definite, but there’s a strong possibility that this was my last season.”
Wallace has one year and $14 million left on his contract but he said money is not going to be a factor in his decision. His declining health is the main reason. WallaceÂ missed 25 games due to injury this season, sitting out with a right forearm laceration, a fractured right fibula, a bruised left knee and a strained left patella tendon.
“It’s tough being on the sidelines when you’re banged up,” he said. “Then you’ve got to put in all that work to get back in the rotation. It’s becoming a young man’s game.”
Wallace will seek a buyout with the Cavaliers, but if that doesn’t work, that will not change his mind.
“I think I deserve [a buyout],” Wallace said. “But if I don’t get one and I’ve just got to give it up, that’s what I’ll do.”
Wallace averaged 10.3 rebounds and 2.2 blocks for his career, including a career-high 15.4 rebounds in 2002-03. Wallace averaged just 6.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks for the Cavs this season. Coming off the bench against the Magic, he averaged 2.7 rebounds in 12 minutes this series.
Ok… that was Ben Wallace’s answer to a comment made by Stan Van Gundy yesterday:
“Ben Wallace and Mo Williams fell down more times [in Game 3] than a baby learning to walk.”
Ben Wallace, was not in a good mood. And he was asked for a response to this statement
“Come out there and do something about it,” Wallace responded, “or shut the [expletive] up, is what I tell him.”
Van Gundy is going to get in trouble if he doesn’t stop harrasing the big men in the NBA. He made a similar comment to Shaq earlier in the season.
“I heard his comment.” Shaq said responding to Van Gundy’s comment. “Flopping to me is doing it more than one time, and I realized when I tried to take the charge, as I went down, I realized that that play reminded me of his whole coaching career,” O’Neal said of Van Gundy. “And one thing I really despise is a front-runner, so I know for a fact that he’s a master of panic, and when it gets time for his team to go in the postseason and do certain things, he will let them down because of his panic. I’ve been there before, I’ve played for him.”
Then he added: “Now I see why everybody who plays for him doesn’t like him.”
An MRI taken at the Cleveland Clinic today revealed that Ben Wallace has a patellar tendon strain.
Wallace will miss tonight’s game against the Pacers and possibly Wednesday night game. His status for the playoffs is unknown at this point.
Patellar tendinitis or “jumper’s knee” is a condition resulting from overuse of the knee. It is possible that his sudden increase in training after missing 17 games with a broken right leg caused the injury.
According to the athleticadvisor.com, the best treatement is to remain active in practice as well as rehabilitation so that he will not detrain.