(WWBT) - Detroit Piston's retired Ben Wallace, a Virginia Union graduate and 16-year NBA veteran's jersey at halftime during the Golden State Warriors and Pistons game Saturday.
The 41-year-old was accompanied by his wife, two children, his coach Larry Brown and teammates.
"Y'all motivated me on nights when I didn't have anything left," said the four-time Defensive Player of the Year.
Ben Wallace attended Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia before becoming one of the most feared players in the NBA. Wallace was recruited by former Virginia Union basketball player Charles Oakley, when he discovered Wallace at a 1991 basketball camp.
At Virginia Union, Wallace averaged 13.4 points per game and 10 rebounds per game. As a senior, Wallace was selected to the First-Team All-Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) and was selected as a First-Team All-American by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). Wallace signed as an undrafted free agent in 1996 with the Washington Bullets.
Over his 16-year NBA career, Wallace played for the Washington Bullets/Wizards, Orlando Magic, Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Wallace rose to defensive dominance after he was traded from the Orlando Magic to the Detroit Pistons for fellow Virginian Grant Hill.
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