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Ben Wallace Retiring: Pistons Veteran Says He's Retiring From NBA After 2011-2012 Season Ends

Ben Wallace Retire Pistons

First Posted: 02/13/2012 3:20 pm Updated: 02/13/2012 5:20 pm

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Ben Wallace insists this is his last season -- without a doubt.

The Detroit veteran says he is looking forward to spending time with his family. The 37-year-old Wallace decided to come back for 2011-12, his 16th season in the NBA. He's now tied with Avery Johnson for the most games played by an undrafted player since the NBA-ABA merger, and Wallace can break that mark Tuesday night when the Pistons host the San Antonio Spurs.

Although he wasn't drafted, Wallace carved out a niche for himself as a tough defender around the basket and a terrific rebounder. He is a four-time NBA defensive player of the year and helped the Pistons win the 2004 championship.

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