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Young
11-17-2010, 10:39 PM
Thought this was interesting...

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slug=mc-wallacepistons111710
By Marc Spears, Yahoo Sports.


Looking for an intimidating lawyer to defend you in a tough case? If you can afford to be patient, Detroit Pistons center Ben Wallace(notes) has just the guy for you: himself.

After he retires, the NBA’s four-time Defensive Player of the Year plans to pursue a law degree to eventually become – what else? – a defense attorney. Wallace, 36, has discussed his ambitions with lawyers in his offseason home in Richmond, Va. He also has begun looking at prospective law schools.


Pistons center Ben Wallace, in his 15th NBA season, is already researching law schools.

“That’s my ultimate goal,” Wallace said. “It’s always been one of my dreams. I think I can argue a pretty good case. I think I can convince a couple of people to see things my way.

“I’m very serious about it. Very.”

Wallace has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Virginia Union University, where he also played Division II basketball. His dreams of becoming a lawyer were postponed by a successful NBA career that has now stretched into a 15th season. He now spends his downtime watching Court TV “all day and all night,” and said the NBA’s post-retirement programs are helping him prepare for law school. He also considers Richmond-based attorneys Murray J. Janus and Craig S. Cooley mentors.

“It’s an admirable goal,” Janus said. “…If he puts the same energy into law that he does in basketball, he will be a success. He’s a very hard-working person.”

Said Pistons coach John Kuester: “You can tell he has a keen sense about the law because we’ve discussed it a little bit. It takes a great deal of commitment and he’s a committed person.”

At 6-foot-9, 240 pounds, Wallace has long been considered one of the NBA’s toughest players, and he’ll undoubtedly cut an imposing figure in a courtroom. He also knows he’ll likely have to upgrade his usual wardrobe (jeans and baseball caps) if he becomes a lawyer. And his signature Afro doesn’t figure to make too many appearances in court.

The problem? Wallace says he doesn’t own a single business suit or tie, which explains why he doesn’t know how to tie a tie.

“I think the last time I wore a suit was in elementary school,” Wallace said. “I’m from the Dirty South. I do have a couple two-pieces, though.”

Wallace won’t even predict when he’ll apply for law school because he keeps changing his mind about how long to extend his NBA career. He seriously considered retiring after last season, but the Pistons convinced him to sign a two-year, $4.3 million contract.

“I know my time is limited as far as being a player,” he said. “That’s something I’ve already accepted and come to peace with.

“Right now, it’s up in the air, man. It ain’t never easy to walk away. A lot of people think the hardest thing about this game is making it into this league. As you get older and you accomplish most of your goals – all of your goals – you find out the hardest part of this game is walking away.”

90'sNBARocked
11-18-2010, 10:45 AM
Kudos to him

He could be lazy and never work again with the money he has.

Now there is a solid role model

duke dynamite
11-18-2010, 11:24 AM
He HAS to go into the court rooms looking like this:

http://www.yourrealestatetips.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/detroit-pistons-ben-wallace-mansion-lake-forest-il-249m.jpg

QuickRelease
11-18-2010, 12:21 PM
He HAS to go into the court rooms looking like this:

http://www.yourrealestatetips.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/detroit-pistons-ben-wallace-mansion-lake-forest-il-249m.jpgYou object to what??? Chambers, your honor...NOW!!!

90'sNBARocked
11-18-2010, 12:38 PM
LOL

He just stands up , Ice grills the prosecutor and says "Defense Rests"

Slick Pinkham
11-18-2010, 12:54 PM
I wonder if Alan Henderson went to medical school after his NBA career was over. He was a pre-med with a degree in biology and a near 4.0 GPA at IU back in the day, and I know his plans at the time of graduation were to give the NBA a go and then get back in school. 12 years of NBA paychecks may have made such a grind unneccessary, though.

Mackey_Rose
11-18-2010, 02:03 PM
Ben Wallace can go straight to hell after his career is over for all I care.

90'sNBARocked
11-18-2010, 02:25 PM
Ben Wallace can go straight to hell after his career is over for all I care.

because of the brawl?

Smoothdave1
11-18-2010, 02:30 PM
I think it's admirable that he wants to do something productive post NBA. A lot of NBA players and professional athletes go broke within a few seasons after leaving the NBA or their chosen sport.

I work with a former Major League baseball player and former NFL Player (2nd round draft pick). Both of them prepared for work after their playing careers ended, saved their money and have told me stories of teammates who earned a lot more than they did who are now broke and a shell of their former selves.

QuickRelease
11-18-2010, 09:46 PM
Ben Wallace can go straight to hell after his career is over for all I care.Nice to keep sports in the proper perspective, eh.

MyFavMartin
11-18-2010, 09:59 PM
I'm sorry, but when I think of having Ben Wallace as my lawyer, I have the following expression.

http://cdn1.newsone.com/files/2010/03/buck_wheat.jpeg

Give me the publically appointed lawyer, please. I'm a Pacers fan.

Kaufman
11-18-2010, 10:13 PM
I wonder if Alan Henderson went to medical school after his NBA career was over. He was a pre-med with a degree in biology and a near 4.0 GPA at IU back in the day, and I know his plans at the time of graduation were to give the NBA a go and then get back in school. 12 years of NBA paychecks may have made such a grind unneccessary, though.

Not at Indiana University. And this was where he and his father obviously had ties.

Robert Smith, formerly of the Ohio State Bucs and Minnesota Vikings, retired prematurely to pursue a career in medicine as well but never made it.

Another guy named Michael Doleac also wanted to become a physician but to my knowledge I don't know what happened of that.

MTM
11-18-2010, 10:42 PM
If he ever applies for a summer job at my firm, I hope I get the chance to deny his application. Why? The Brawl. Hah!