Originally written on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 10/24/14
Bulls_vs_pistons_5e7d
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Ben Wallace isn't sure that his career is over, but the Palace crowd wasn't taking any chances. The chant started with 90 seconds to play in the season, and Wallace sitting on the bench for the end of the Pistons' 108-86 over Philadelphia. At first, a few fans in one section began to chant "We Want Ben," but it quickly spread to one full side of the arena and then to the entire crowd of 15,372. With the teams returning to the floor at the end of a timeout, Wallace bowed to their wishes. "That was a crazy moment," he said, fighting back emotions. "Even in my heyday, it took me a minute or two to get ready to come in. But all the fans here have supported me for so long, and if they wanted me in the game, I was going into the game." Wallace passed on an open 3-pointer in the first seconds of his return to the floor, but gave in to the crowd's screams of "Shoot!" when his teammates found got him the ball behind the arc. If he had made it, it would have given him a fairy-tale double-double on his night, but the shot was short and left. "It was a good look, but it was a terrible shot," he said. "As soon as it left my hand, I knew it was going to be bad." It wasn't the first ugly shot of Wallace's career -- he's the worst free-throw shooter in NBA history -- but that wasn't his game. He was always about defense -- he had a block and a steal -- and rebounding. Against the 76ers, he finished with a season-high 12 boards, the 529th double-digit game of his career. "It hasn't just been an honor to coach him, it has been an honor to watch him every day," Frank said. "This is a man who was undrafted, originally projected as a 2-guard and made himself into one of the great defensive post players of all time. If this is the end, I'm glad he went out the way he did. He's a special player." In basketball terms, the star of the night was Ben Gordon. He hit a franchise-record seven 3-pointers in the second quarter -- the team tied an NBA record with 11 in the period -- and finished with 26 points. "We wanted to go out there and honor Body, just in case this is his last game," Gordon said. "We were extra inspired and we went out there and hit our shots. It's going to be tough without him, because he is the epitome of the consummate professional." But there's still a question. Wallace sounded sure that he was done earlier in the season, but he's hedging his bets a little. "Do I think it is time to retire? Yes, I do," he said. "But it is harder to walk away when so many people in the game are asking you to come back. I'm going to take some time and think about it." If he decides to play a 17th season, he'll be welcomed back. If he doesn't, Thursday was the end of one of basketball's most improbable careers. A player that no one wanted when he came out of Virginia Union, and who bounced around the league until he ended up in Detroit when Grant Hill bolted the city. The Palace is where he became the greatest defensive player of his era, where he won four Defensive Player of the Year awards and where he helped the Pistons win a championship. The Palace was also where he was Public Enemy No. 1 after signing a huge free-agent deal with the Chicago Bulls. When he returned a few years later, the fans forgave him as soon as they heard Big Ben chime, and he remained one of the team's most popular players until the final buzzer Thursday night. He got a standing ovation when he started the game, another when the Pistons played a video tribute to him, and a final one when he reluctantly came back into the game. The next one? That will probably come when his number is raised to the Palace rafters.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

2014 World Series: Game Three live blog

Memorabilia dealer at center of Todd Gurley scandal fired

Colt McCoy on learning he was starting ‘it’s about f—ing time’

Four Questions for Game 3 of the World Series

Percy Harvin not planning on changing

Ricky Williams: People are let down when I turn down weed

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Joe Maddon opts out of contract with Rays

Randall Cobb: Contract situation played role in slow start

Notre Dame WR faces discipline if he hooked up with porn star?

PGA president calls Ian Poulter ‘lil girl’ for Nick Faldo comments

Belichick declines to address Revis' reported tardiness

Texas mayor delays Halloween for Friday night football game

8 NFL records that won’t be broken for a long time

Big trouble for Bruins: Chara out 4-6 weeks, possibly more

Blazers, Seahawks owner Paul Allen gives $100M to fight ebola

'FIFA 15' glitch turns goalie into headless giant with no arms

WATCH: HBO releases trailer of 'The Offseason: Kevin Durant'

Broncos corner snags INT, then takes pregnant wife to hospital

Gurley dressed up as a pirate for Halloween, yelled, 'Free me'

What the return of Luis Suarez means for Barcelona

Nick Saban pens touching letter after high school coach dies

NBA Replay Center readies for its debut on Opening Night

WATCH: Former NBAer delivers vicious flying elbow Down Under

RNS looking to add agents with existing client rosters

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Trouble for Bruins: Chara out 4-6 weeks

Joe Maddon opts out of contract with Rays

NBA Replay Center debuts next week

World Series win = Giants dynasty?

Reliving the worst college football game of the last 10 years

NFL teams facing must-win scenarios in Week 8

What the return of Luis Suarez means for Barcelona

Programs with a lot on the line this week

Wilson denies rumored Harvin rift

Lakers: Steve Nash out for season

Is Mack Brown SMU's best option?

Are sports leagues finally getting serious about domestic violence?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.