Saturday, November 10, 2007
Ben Wallace: End of the Road?
Looking beyond the tattoos. Looking farther than the cornrows.
I idolize Ben Wallace.
Fueled by the disrespect (Back in 96', the Washington Wizards gave him jersey #30 out of convenience since they had just traded Rasheed Wallace (#30) to the Portland Trailblazers for point guard Rod Strickland). Driven to succeed (undrafted out of Virginia Union).
Ben Wallace has always been a fighter.
The only NBA player in history to record 1,000 rebounds, 100 blocks, and 100 steals in 4 consecutive seasons (2001-04). One of three players to amass 150 blocks and 100 steals in 7 consecutive seasons (2001-07). Led the "L" in rebounding and blocking averages in the same season. One of three in NBA history to average 15 rebounds and 3 blocks per game over a season.
Ben Wallace is a picture of consistency.
4 Defensive Player of the Year Awards. Only undrafted player in NBA history to be voted a starter for the NBA All-Star Game. NBA Champion.
Ben Wallace has achieved every player's ultimate goal.
What about now?
Is "Big Ben" still as driven after signing for $60 million two summers ago?
Ben's hurt, I know. But...
The statistics never lie...
07'-08' Statistical averages through 5 games
Has Ben's negatives (point production, atrocious FG and FT percentages) finally outweighed the positives (e.g., astounding rebounds, steals, blocks)?
Only time will tell...but I am still hoping for the best...
Now playing: Jars Of Clay - Portrait Of An Apology