Four-time Defensive Player of the Year Ben Wallace was at the Pistons' first training camp practice on Friday and sounds like he's ready to commit to return for his 16th season in the league [via MLIVE]:
"Oh no, I'm here," Wallace said. "I'm giving everything I got. At the end of the day, if that's good enough to play on this team, or if I have to sit on the sideline and be a great teammate, that's what I'm going to do."
Wallace, who is due a little over $2 million for this season, is giving every indication that he's ready to play out the final year of his contract. It probably helps that he was impressed with new head coach Lawrence Frank:
"I think he did a great job. He commanded everybody's attention," Wallace said. "He came out and did what he had to do and I think everyone responded to him really well. He brought a lot of energy to the team and stepped up and took a leadership role."
Given everything that happened last year with former head coach John Kuester, one can't imagine Wallace wanting to return if Frank didn't give off a good first impression.