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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Wallace looking like the old 'Big Ben'

Ben Wallace has been turning plenty of heads with his play over the first two weeks of the season. Wallace had 16 rebounds (seven offensive), three blocks and three steals in the Pistons 88-81 win over the 76ers Sunday.

Wallace is now averaging 9.6 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 1.3 steals this season and has many people saying he looks the old Wallace, who was the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year four times during his previous stint in Detroit.

“Going into this thing, I knew Ben would be an asset talking to our bigs,” Pistons head John Kuester said. “I never imagined the impact he would have playing that he is right now. He looks like the old Ben. There are things that he’s doing on second and third efforts, that was the Ben of old.”

Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva joked after the game that Wallace was stealing rebounds from him.

“He grabs all the rebounds,” Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva joked. “He’s costing me a lot (of rebounds). It’s amazing. That man is 35 years old. That’s something to look up to, when I’m 35 hopefully I can do the things he does.”

Ben Gordon, who led the Pistons with 23 points Sunday, said he thinks what’s helped rejuvenate Wallace is returning to Detroit.

“Ben seems like he’s at home here in Detroit,” Gordon said. “Playing for his last few teams the last few years, he never really seemed like he was at home. You can tell Big Ben is definitely at home here. He plays with energy, he seems rejuvenated.”


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