Ben Wallace (Duane Burleson/ AP Photo)

Detroit Pistons Forward/Center Ben Wallace has announced that he will retire after the 2011-2012 NBA season.

“It takes a special type of guy to stay at something long enough to make it to this level,” Wallace said. “A lot of times you’re being told that you’re too this, you’re too that, you can’t do this, you can’t do that.”

Ben Wallace (Duane Burleson/ AP Photo)

 

“Once you get here, you want to be able to show everybody that you’re capable of going out and playing at a high level night in and night out,” Wallace said. “I’m just proud to have had the opportunity to come here and play.”

Wallace tied Avery Johnson’s mark Sunday night. Next on the list of undrafted players are David Wesley (949) and Bo Outlaw (914), according to STATS LLC.

Wallace was a virtual unknown before earning his spot in the NBA with his tough defense around the basket and terrific rebounding ability. He eventually won four defensive player of the year awards and helped the Pistons win the 2004 championship.

Wallace, who played his college ball at Virginia Union, made his NBA debut with Washington in November 1996. After three seasons there and one with Orlando, he was dealt to the Pistons in a trade that sent Grant Hill to the Magic.

His career took off in Detroit. The 6-foot-9 Wallace led the NBA in rebounds per game and blocks per game in 2001-02. That season, he won his first of four defensive player of the year awards in a five-season span.

Courtesy of ESPN.

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