Collapsing Stars: Ben Wallace and Other NBA Veterans Who Are Washed Up

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Collapsing Stars: Ben Wallace and Other NBA Veterans Who Are Washed Up
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It's time, Ben Wallace. It's time to hang them up. You had a great NBA career. I am sure the Detroit Pistons will give you a wonderful retirement ceremony; they will even hang your No. 6 jersey high in the Palace of Auburn Hills.

You have proved all you had to after coming out of Virginia Union University undrafted in 1996 and signing with Washington as a free agent.

After being a throw-in player as part of the Grant Hill sign-and-trade that sent you and Chucky Atkins to the Detroit Pistons, you went on to become the best player in the once-to-be-believed one-sided deal.

You got your championship ring in 2004, and you were named NBA Defensive Player of the Year four times. You even got your big-money deal with the Chicago Bulls for four years, $60 million in 2006.

You accomplished all this while being an under-sized center at 6'9''.

Now, you're back in Detroit, a shell of your former self at 39 years old, averaging 14.2 minutes per game while scoring 1.3 points per game and pulling down 3.1 rebounds per game. Not too bad, really, for a $2,246,400 paycheck.

But if you don't need the money, it's time for a career change.

The league is filled with these sort of washed-up vets holding on to whatever it is, just like Wallace, whether it's for the love of the game, the money or they just don't know of any other way to live.

Here are more vets that are holding on to the NBA rope.

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