Ben Wallace is Back!

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Via Chris McCosky of The Detroit News

“On a day when the Pistons signed all three 2009 draft picks, they also reached an agreement with one of their former all-stars.

Ben Wallace, the four-time defensive player of the year, agreed to terms with the Pistons on a one-year deal worth $1.3 million. Wallace is expected to sign the deal next week.


Wallace’s role in Detroit, however, is expected to be a far reduced one than when he left for Chicago in 2006. He will be the fifth big man and serve as a much-needed leader on a team whose average age is 25.”

I wasn’t really in the market for an older Ben Wallace but him on the roster for 1.3 million…..BAM! I’ll take him.

We are unable to FEAR THE FRO anymore unless Ben’s hair grows really fast.

Question of the Day….Does Stuckey give up the #3 for Ben?

101 Responses to "Ben Wallace is Back!"
  1. Dre says:

    What? The “Defensive Machine” is back!???? Congratulations. I suppose your front office knows what it’s doing AFTER ALL…….. *Michael Curry residue resides……..*

  2. Dre says:

    Heat-Pistons; Oct, 5. Write it down. Can’t wait.

  3. obiwan says:

    finnaly joe dumbars make a legit move to help the d

  4. obiwan says:

    whats up cryin ryan

  5. DEL says:

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! wow i am so excited right now for a new season!! WOOOOOW this is sooooo goood!!! Big Ben on the bench, and now we really look good! WOOOOOW

  6. Chuck says:

    Welcome back! I don’t think he’ll make a big impact on the court, but for that price I’m glad to have him back.

  7. Mike says:

    YES!!!!

  8. Grimoaldo says:

    But doesn’t Stuckey wear #3 now?? What will Ben do? Take #1? That seems to be the path of least resistance. ;)

  9. Jesse says:

    ben gets number 3 back and stuckey wears number 23

    thats just the way i see it :)

  10. trav says:

    rebound row

  11. RVN says:

    stuckey woulda given up his number for AI. im pretty sure he’ll give it back to big ben. im even more excited now. i know he’s not gonna do much but we definitely need a leader cuz rip n tay arent leaders

  12. Amer ican Prince says:

    wow there are few stories this summer that really made me smile and get kinda fidgety and excited but this move did. I know i’m not expecting old ben but i think with arnie kandor he is going to be a lot more productive than these past couple years. This isn’t the same team as before but i think his attitude of doing things other than score can have a postive impact on a team with so many scorers

  13. Amer ican Prince says:

    so are you going to do a new toon of ben wallace or are you going to just bring back the old one natalie?

  14. ali bazzi says:

    YESS!! BIG BEN WALLACE!! only wish he had his fro

  15. Th3 Answ3r says:

    Hehe Nat, I was just going to tell you that Ben Wallas re-signed.

    Welcome back Big Ben!

  16. Brother Edmund says:

    With Wilcox and CV and now Big Ben Wallace we are looking nice in the front court. And he can retire a pistons……..Now tell him to grow that Fro back!!!

  17. mannie g says:

    sweeeeeeeeeet…. i got a text half hour ago from a friend when i was in a meeting about the signing… i had to hold in my excitement haha

  18. pistons 4 life says:

    I don’t know how much of an impact this will make, but I’m actually very happy that this signing will take place. Hopefully this will be his last stop and he’ll retire as a Piston.

  19. pistons 4 life says:

    If all of us are excited, but imagine what Mason must be thinking right now!!

  20. Brother Edmund says:

    I’m hoping for the same thing.

  21. DD3 says:

    With him, our roster looks less spotty. We have a decent 6th or 7th team in the east which is still better than we finished last year. That’s all we want. Progress.

    Stucky/Bynum at PG

    Rip/Gordon at SG

    Tay/Daye at SF

    CV/Maxiel/Wilcox at PF

    Kwame/Big Ben at C

    Not GREAT but not bad either. At least the pieces look like they fit better than last year. But we all of a sudden look better than or as good as Atl, Mia, Phi, Chi & most of the mid pack players. If Cle & Orl’s pick ups don’t mesh a’la the AI Det fiasco! Then we can probably sneak up on one of them….ok overly optimistic. But at least I am supportive this week!

  22. I think a New Toon is the way to go…Fro Less

  23. Bryant says:

    No way should Stuckey have to give up number 3, but I think if Ben asked for it he would. IMO Stuckey deserves to wear the number he wants, ben wont see the court much anyways, we’ll hardly see the number 3 if Bens got it

  24. Darshan says:

    hey natalie, wut happened to those ben wallace wallpapers u used to have…. see if u can put some of them back up… im so psyched that BIG BEN WALLACE!!! is back…imma celebrate tonight!!!

  25. RVN says:

    too bad his name wont be announced in the starting line up…… =(

    b-b-b-b-b-ben…. wwwwwwaallacee!!

  26. mannie g says:

    i wouldn’t mind if stuckey gives his number back to big ben… though i think at this point it’s stuckey choice, he shouldn’t be pressured
    but i assume he’d be willing to, considering he was willing to give it to iverson (i was glad he didnt, tho pissed iverson took #1)…

  27. Matt Selke says:

    I think Stuckey will give it up no prob. He was completely willing to give it up for AI. I think Stuckey is laid back enough to where he wouldn’t mind. He hasn’t accomplished anything with this jersey number yet so changing wouldn’t be a big deal. (I think he will eventually accomplish great things.) I’m just curious as to what Stuckey’s new number would be if Ben does want the #3 back.

  28. Matt Selke says:

    Oops, I kind of repeated what you said mannie lol.

  29. Melodeath1221 says:

    So yeah Heres the Deal, i just looked at Stuckey’s Twitter, and his last tweet said this.

    “lol Looks like I got to find a new # Welcome back 2 Detroit Big Ben!”

    Stuck is a good Guy, Wonder what Number he’ll take next.

  30. Brett says:

    I’m just glad I can wear 50% of my pistons paraphernalia again!

  31. obiwan says:

    finnaly big ben has come back to day-twa….thank you joe dummy for making a good move…maybe joe dummy might trade fatxiel for a legit defensive stopper like battier….if joe dummy makes a move like that, count on detroit to be contenders not pretenders….

  32. Fariduddin says:

    i was having a real bad day.. came online for my daily need4sheed.com check in.. and the 1st thing i see is Ben is Back! this made my day and brought a smile to my face. im happy he is back! Welcome Big Ben!!!!!!

  33. Chris says:

    Rodney Stuckey was gonna give up #3 for Iverson but NBA rules don’t permit number changing during the season so I think Stuckey will have no problem giving up the number. Besides, Wallace will only be there for about a year.

  34. ShutterFro says:

    I’m the happiest Piston fan alive!! =D Hope he can get the #3 back.

  35. Diogenes says:

    Ben Wallace is my favorite Piston ever. This is the best news of the summer!

  36. The Fluidics says:

    Man, I knew this was coming for years now. It’s just good PR. I don’t think on the court is where they need Wallace, it’s in the locker room. Say what you want about Chauncey, but Ben was the leader of that championship team, and their playoff swagger left with him.

  37. mannie g says:

    that’s awesome of stuckey… really like that kid

  38. zkranc says:

    maybe Ben should start even if he just plays 5 minutes:)

  39. Amber says:

    AHHHHH AHHHHH AHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!! Seriously my reaction since I heard the news….I jumped up, squealed, and now I’m so excited. Ben, you did us so wrong, but you can make it up!!! I’m forigiving!!!!! WE HAVE DEFENSE, BESIDES RIP, AND A LEADER!!!!! SO thrilled about this trade. However, next time, keep Sheed, Joe. Those two go together.

  40. Amber says:

    Papi will play!

  41. Amber says:

    He can tell our little boys what to do!!!! He will teach them defense, since John cannot!

  42. Amber says:

    Me too me too me too!!!!! I’m going crazy over this!

  43. Amber says:

    The old Ben can come back!!!!!!!! He belongs in Detroit! BENNNNNNNNNNNNY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  44. Melodeath1221 says:

    Are you kidding? Max over Wilcox? Wilcox is going to bitch slap all the babies Jason ever ate out of him.

    Not To mention Wilcox will be seeing time at Center as well. Ben Wallace was ALWAYS a PF tho his incredible athleticism Allowed him to play the Center. Tho As you SHOULD know, that Athleticism is gone, therefore hes reverted back in to a Power Forward.

    Front court looks like this

    Kwame – Wilcox
    – Max
    CVill / Ben

    I put Max where i did NOT because He’ll play mins between the 4 and the 5 spots. But to show whom will get mins over him. Max Will get whats ever left after these four are done. Alot of it depends on how much Ben Wallace plays per game. Cause you should Assume CVill gets 33 Kwame gets 24 Wilcox gets 24.

    It should also be known that Kwame and WilCox are a complete toss up at the starting Center. Ive herd we want to Separate Wilcox and CVill so they can get tho most out of them scoring wise. THO Wilcox and either Max or Ben is quite small, even for a Back up front court.

  45. Amber says:

    I am so sorry! I found out awhile ago, and I’m STILL way too excited. I hated on Ben when he was on all his shitty teams, but I have missed him, and I’m so happy to have him back! DEFENSE…omg… DEFENSE!!!!

  46. Amber says:

    YES YES YES!!! Defense…wins everything! He is defense!! But can we please have Chauncey back???? Oh, and can we get Terrence Williams??!

  47. Bryant says:

    I like the idea for being back ben on the cheap. Good PR move, outside of that I dont really see it helping this team too much. Although its always good to have another center (if you consider him one) when all we have right now is kwame

  48. Bryant says:

    sorry bringing*

  49. Dtown313 says:

    Soooooooo happy bens back
    DETROIT SWAGGER RETURNS
    Chauncey was the mouth of the ’04 team but big ben Wallace was the king of courts
    Just wish he still has his fro!

  50. Amber says:

    Okay so I’m watching the 03-04 Pistons championship DVD…yes because Ben motherfucking Wallace is back!!!!!!! and Joe D. says how Ben is the foundation. :) So sweet, but we still need Chaunc!

  51. irman says:

    *****WAIT EVERYBODY…what i heard is that he’s gonna be a backup to kwame….what the hell…really???

  52. RT says:

    on the 1st meeting with the cavs, ben better block shaq’s dunk so hard he falls to the ground ala 2006 ECF playoffs.

    otherwise, i’m as glad as most of you for him to be repping the d again.

  53. Chuck says:

    Absolutely. I see him more impacting in that role more than I do impacting on the court in a game, and I’m completely fine with that.

  54. Adam says:

    he wore 4 for the cavs so thats my guess

  55. Adam says:

    he should start, to add defense but most likely hell teach kwame daye and villanueva everything he knows so they can carry on his legacy

  56. Adam says:

    no dumars likes ben at center he cause of his defensive ability

  57. Adam says:

    joe dumars is one of the best gms in the nba today have any others team gone to six straight conference finals? dont talk shit maxiell is awesome look how much he has helped us, way to be a fan

  58. ben says:

    cant wear number 4 here jackass dumars!!

  59. rube says:

    please tell me that was a joke. u realize 4 is an issue

  60. Melodeath1221 says:

    Switch Like to Liked

  61. Th3 Answ3r says:

    I found this pic of Sheed Wallace on NBA.com

    http://i.cdn.turner.com/nba/nba/multimedia/photo_gallery/0907/summerdeals09/images/wallace.jpg

    It’s a pic of him in a Celtics jersey, wearing the number 30. Also, he has cornrows =P

  62. dustin says:

    Ben wore #32 in college, which is Rip’s obviously.
    He wore #30 in washington…he won’t were that cause of all the Sheed jerseys.
    And he wore #4 Orlando & Cleveland which is out of the question.
    So maybe #33 possiably? He could get it from Jerebko still.
    I don’t think he will ask #3 from Stuckey…and stuck shouldn have to give it up…he chose it after D-WADE his idol.

  63. dustin says:

    It would be crazy to think one day we maybe lookin up in the palace to see #3 retired and have Wallace & Stuckey name on it. What if stuckey leads the Pistons to a championship or two…and I think Big Ben is deserving of a retired # ? So maybe Stuck would be better off pickin a new # ?

  64. streetz says:

    JUST AS LONG AS BEN DOSNT PICK SOME GAY #84 LIKE C-WEB DID. IF HE GETS #3 BACK, I WOULD LIKE TO SEE STUCKEY SPORT #23

  65. Mack says:

    stuckey 23 would be sweet!!!!!!

  66. Mr. David Stern says:

    Ben Wallace will wear the number 3.
    Rodney Stuckey will wear the number 23.

  67. jhon says:

    BIG BEN CAN REGENERATE HIS POWER IN PISTONS

  68. Lori says:

    I’ve been counting the days til Ben came back. We have ourselves a team again!

  69. Diogenes says:

    I am waiting for Ben to get the #3 back and then i going to invest in his jersey for real – this seals it – he is a Piston great forever. Man I am so stoked!

  70. RipJr32 says:

    I think that this move was made by Joe Dumars for one 2 reasons. 1) to get a good, veteran big man 2) to bring the motivation back to the dirty D.

  71. Mr. Lulanaj says:

    Welcome back Big Ben. What took you so long?
    Ben will wear “his” Detroit #
    Stuckey will wear #1 and I hope that helps him play the 1 position
    like the guy who use to wear the #1 (we hope)

  72. TJ says:

    Stuckey should not have to give up his jersey for a one year rental, and if Ben was any kind of decent, he wouldn’t ask for the jersey because this clearly isn’t his team anymore. This is Stuckey’s team, and Stuckey chose the #3. So Ben can choose some other number, now.

    And no way should Stuckey pick #23 if he does have to give up his number. It’s so cliche now a days, I hope he picks something a little more rare. #6 or something.

  73. sep24 says:

    joe d has a great basketball mind. if you call him joe dumb-ars you’re an idiot!!!!!

  74. McKayla Bohanna says:

    BEN IS BACK!!! We have to travel to Atlanta and Charlotte to see the Pistons….no way we’re missing the games now!

  75. pistons 4 life says:

    Yeah, I was just thinking I can finally wear my #3 shirt again (in public). :)

  76. T says:

    One of my all-time fav players have returned home, show them the heart and hard work it takes to be a champion in this league Ben WELCOME BACK!!!! Ben was the foundation of Det championship run. I am so happy he will eand his career where it really started. Stuck by all means need to give up the #3 jersey out of respect, besides Ben jersey should Be hung with the other grets when he retiers.

  77. Jeff says:

    BEN SHOULD JUST WEAR #30 OR #36 – ITS EASY… AND SAVES THE FANS SOME MONEY!

  78. Detroitfan095 says:

    Once a traitor, always a traitor. thats all im saying.

  79. jes says:

    personally, i would start ben over chris. just to hear his introduction

  80. jes says:

    wilcox is a center…he will obviously see time at the 4, but your line up should look like

    stuck/bynumite

    rip/BG

    tay/daye

    cv/max

    wilcox/bigben/kwame

  81. Mr. Lulanaj says:

    Question for Detroitfan095
    if someone offered u a 20% raIse
    doing the same thing u do for a living and u didnt realy get along with ur manager and ur boss didnt think u deserve that much,
    would u take it or say no thanks?
    I didnt think so.
    Ben Wallace #3
    and i like Stuckey but we have to think here he hasnt shown us hes a star or a leader yet and Ben already showed us he is a leader and o yeah he brought us a championship in this town so therefore Stuck should out of respect (which he probably will) give Ben his number back and take the number that should fit him better.
    Perhaps Mr Big Shots number???? Since AI “not the answer” is no longer here

  82. J Dre says:

    http://www.nba.com/pistons/chat_mailbox/mailbag_090806.html

    Notice the second letter. Good luck getting that trade through.

  83. TJ says:

    Keep in mind that that a 20% raise for your average person is a much bigger deal than a 20% raise when you’re a multi-millionaire. I don’t fault him for taking the money but using that as your reasoning is quite silly. You’re saying you can’t live comfortably at $12 million a year? That those extra $3 million was worth throwing away everything else?

    And Dumars was right: Ben wasn’t worth the money he ultimately got. Not even close. Hell, the $12 million a year would have been bad, too.

  84. Robert says:

    Ben Wallace will get number 3 back. He is going to retire after this season. The Number 3 will be retired. Also number 1 will be retired and number 32 when Billups and Hamilton retire as well.

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  86. PrintScreenSysRq says:

    So Rip won’t leave, I hope.

  87. ryan ricafort says:

    welcome back Ben! I just hope you end this season in the D and not become a trade filler come febuary.

    GO PISTONS!

  88. Eddie says:

    I would like to see the number 3 retired for Ben Wallace. Are you forgetting he had FOUR Defensive Player of the Year Awards? It shouldn’t even be up to Stuckey to give it back, it should be automatic. Plus I have three Ben Jerseys I would like to wear again. Welcome Back BEN!!!!

  89. taylorc says:

    Stuckey offered to giv #3 up to ai but the leage wouldent let him because of merchinedice

  90. ben says:

    to tell yall all the truth i was kinda upset that stuckey chose number 3 after big ben left joe d should have nver let that happen ben wallace deserves nothing less than to have his number up in the palace he is one of the main reasons if not the main reason we sold the palace out on a nightly basis.. didnt yall see all the fros in the crowd??

  91. pistons fan says:

    Ben Wallace=2009 NBA CHAMPS

  92. Jw says:

    YOU ARE DEAD ON..

  93. Ronsti says:

    Ben goes with 30 or 36 to save making new jerseys

  94. Ronsti says:

    I hope he doesn’t give it up

  95. Ronsti says:

    I hope he doesn’t, I hunted for stuckey’s jersey and found one the day before he went for 40 and if he changes numbers I can’t afford another one.

  96. Ronsti says:

    I hope Stuck keeps it, I am a poor teacher and cannot afford to get a new stuck jersey.

  97. Ronsti says:

    No, Iverson ruined the #1

  98. Ronsti says:

    I agree, lets say 36

  99. Jenny says:

    Now all we need is Chauncey Billups back.

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