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Chronz
04-27-2012, 02:05 AM
Ben Wallace and Brad Miller are confirmed to be retiring this season. 2 of the hardest working bigmen of our generation and both went undrafted. They are true success stories the likes of which we may never see again. Miller with his deft passing/shooting touch, Ben with his relentless work ethic and defensive dominance. Here is a brief snapshot at the road Ben traveled.



Ben Wallace: His story begins at training camp in Boston, as ridiculous as it sounds now the Celtics played him on the perimeter, naturally the experiment failed. Due to his size nobody believed Ben could thrive in the league, after some time in Italy it took someone of a similar build and mindset to see his true potential, that man was Wes Unseld, the former GM of the Wizards gave Ben his first real shot. He didnt get much run at first but without his stop in Washington, the FRO may have never been born, as it was a bet between Webber, Darvin Ham and Ben to see who could go the longest without a haircut that gave birth to the look. To this day Ben has yet to be paid.


1999: The Orlando Magic were suppose to be a miserable team, a slew of bums gunning for new contracts. Darrell Armstrong and Bo Outlaw (2 other undrafted heros) were their biggest names, unbeknownst at the time was the fact that they had a future HOF coach in the making, whos team so overachieved he was named Coach of the year despite the Magic ending up in the lottery. They finished with a .500 record and Ben Wallace started every game, I dont think its a coincidence that the team refused to lay down defensively.


2000: A decade before "The Decision" was made, a similarly skilled Grant Hill chose to take his talents to Florida, unlike LeBron, Detroit fans began questioning Hill's manhood long before he left the city. At the time it seemed their hopes of contending were over, and while the team did take a slide, losing 50+ games, acquiring Ben changed the defensive culture, the championship framework had been laid out.

The rest as they say is history, Ben would go on to be the shortest player to lead the league in rebounding+Blocks on route to the most DPOYs ever and anchored the greatest championship winning defense of the modern era.

In his farewell season, Ben set the record for most games played by an undrafted player.

Greatest Game: June 15, 2004 -- NBA Finals G.5
Clinched the title with 18PTS - 22REB - 3STL





Is anyone on your team retiring after this year?

PacersForLife
04-27-2012, 02:51 AM
Ahh Brad Miller... good guy. The game is losing a couple of G.O.A.T's with him and Jeff Foster leaving. :p

Baller1
04-27-2012, 02:55 AM
Practically broke my heart seeing Brad Miller cry... Good guy, good career.

Giraffes Rule
04-27-2012, 03:07 AM
TJ Ford retiring during the season was a bummer.

JPHX
04-27-2012, 03:15 AM
Greg Ostertag's failed comeback :(

Raph12
04-27-2012, 03:28 AM
Iverson should join this list...

Bulls_fan90
04-27-2012, 03:57 AM
Wish Big Bad Brad never left Chicago. Great player in his prime, same with Ben Wallace.

myrnaxnfs
04-27-2012, 10:07 AM
http://www.vvio.info/jpg1Practically broke my heart seeing Brad Miller cry... Good guy, good career.

broke my heart seeing

Mishmin
04-27-2012, 10:25 AM
Broken comeback from the big homie Antoine Walker

KB-Pau-DH2012
04-27-2012, 10:42 AM
Bye D-Fish, Lamar Odom, and if we amnesty him...Metta World War

Chronz
04-27-2012, 10:50 AM
Practically broke my heart seeing Brad Miller cry... Good guy, good career.

I didnt see any games last night but I saw his final 3pter on youtube, he looked so emotional I was gonna post it but I thought it was all in my head, Im watching the replays now, man thats good to see someone love the game that way. Did Barrea kill the moment after the loss?

haggis
04-27-2012, 10:52 AM
I will always love you Big Brad. Best tattoos in the game.

TheDetroitBlue
04-27-2012, 10:57 AM
If Big Ben does indeed retire, A HOF call is waiting for him

-Kobe24-TJ19-
04-27-2012, 11:04 AM
Bye D-Fish, Lamar Odom, and if we amnesty him...Metta World War

I would rather amnesty Blake, Metta is still one of the best defenders in the league

RaiderLakersA's
04-27-2012, 11:57 AM
If Big Ben does indeed retire, A HOF call is waiting for him

Yep, and give him a bust with the afro. Well deserved IMO.

RaiderLakersA's
04-27-2012, 11:59 AM
Bye D-Fish, Lamar Odom, and if we amnesty him...Metta World War

I thought Fisher should have retired after we won our last title, to be honest. Love the guy as a player, but Father Time tapped him on the shoulder several years back.

Baller1
04-27-2012, 12:24 PM
I didnt see any games last night but I saw his final 3pter on youtube, he looked so emotional I was gonna post it but I thought it was all in my head, Im watching the replays now, man thats good to see someone love the game that way. Did Barrea kill the moment after the loss?

I don't know, I didn't see what happened. What did Barea do?

MrfadeawayJB
04-27-2012, 02:37 PM
congrats to my boy Ben Wallace on a great career!

JLynn943
04-27-2012, 02:48 PM
:( I'll miss Brad Miller. He's one of my all-time favorite players. Didn't see the video of his last 3 or him crying or anything, but I believe it. He definitely loved the game.

Chronz
04-27-2012, 02:58 PM
I don't know, I didn't see what happened. What did Barea do?
I was JK, you know how hes been complaining about teammates not giving a ****.

smith&wesson
04-27-2012, 03:08 PM
ben wallace was a beast!!! undrafted, all star, dpoy sever times, CHAMPION!!

Chronz
04-27-2012, 03:59 PM
Im really gonna miss these guys, the last remnants of the 2KERA are almost gone

JayW_1023
04-27-2012, 04:08 PM
I'm going to cry if Timmy retires next year.

gbrl
04-27-2012, 04:10 PM
foster was probably gonna retire after the season but injuries forced him to retire mid season

JasonJohnHorn
04-27-2012, 04:12 PM
Ah... Big Ben... *wipes away tear*. I'm going to miss you.
I was actually at the game (vs. the Spurs) where he broke the record for most games played by an undrafted player.
I think Haslem may break that record. He's a hard working guy and got to play a lot of games right away, where as Ben spent his first two seasons mostly on the bench (34 games season one, then 67 and 46). Haslem got 75, 80 and 81 his first three seasons, so he has an edge on Ben there.

netsgiantsyanks
04-27-2012, 04:13 PM
when jason kidd retires i'll be sad.

JayW_1023
04-27-2012, 04:15 PM
I loved those Pistons teams with Big Ben. He embodied that no nonsense blue collar attitude of those teams. He was their catalyst on defense, as Billups was their offensive lynchpin.

I remember that massive block on Shaq like yesterday.

JayW_1023
04-27-2012, 04:17 PM
People should embrace every day JKidd, Dirk, KG, Chauncey (not really a superstar, but so much greatness), Duncan, Sugar Ray (with the sweet Three!) Manu, Nash and (last but not least) Kobe step on the hardwood. I really don't see much character and greatness pending in the current generation of players.

Rondo is the only young player I enjoy watching as much as the older generation stars, really.

LAKERMANIA
04-27-2012, 04:17 PM
Even though I'm still bitter about 2004, the NBA will definitely miss Big Ben's size and defense in the paint.

Same goes to Brad Miller

And an early wish to Derek Fisher and Jason Kidd, two players who should retire at the end of this year.. We'll see what happens

Gators123
04-27-2012, 06:35 PM
I'm going to miss Big Ben.

They played a tribute video for him during a timeout last night and the crowd gave him a standing ovation and he got a little teary eyed. He was definitely a special player.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zo80tqqRv4E I think that was the tribute video.

b@llhog24
04-28-2012, 12:02 AM
I'm going to cry if Timmy retires next year.

When Manu retires I'm gonna just stay in my room for 3 days.

MTL_123
04-28-2012, 12:19 AM
gonna be so weird wen kobe retires after his contract is done and i hate kobe

LionsFan..LOL
04-28-2012, 12:34 AM
I'm gonna miss seeing Big Ben play. Ben was the player I idolized the most, thanks for everything you did in Detroit Ben Wallace!

PleaseBeNice
04-28-2012, 01:09 AM
Even though B-52 drove me nuts sometimes on the Kings, I'll miss him. Very good player, great passer, good shooter, great feel for the game. It's crazy that he was undrafted. Him and Vlade were a beast combo as our Ivory towers when C Webb was down. He'll be living in Sac though, so he'll still be a part of the community :)

cutiepie80
04-28-2012, 01:46 AM
I really hope Artest is banned from the league before he retires. What a piece of garbage.

Brad Miller is the ideal NBA player. Happy trails dude.

JJ_JKidd
04-28-2012, 02:38 AM
J Kidd

thekmp211
04-28-2012, 08:35 AM
ray allen may call it quits this season. uconn and celtic pride, that would suck a lot. but i'd rather he retire than sign a 1 year with chicago or miami.