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 ...