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PISTONS CENTER BEN WALLACE HAS THREE SPECIALTIES: BLOCKS, REBOUNDS AND HIP-HOP -KLAMB21@GMAIL.COM

Big Ben Wallace has seen his role transform to a veteran leader in his return to Detroit/Mark Wasserman

For a seasoned veteran like Pistons center Ben “The Body” Wallace, the question isn’t which performing artist he’d like to meet, rather which he hasn’t.

“I think I already met them all,” Wallace said. “Jay Z, Lil Wayne, (Young) Jeezy, Scarface.”

Music plays a vital role in Wallace’s life, evident in the reason he finally made it to Comerica Park after nine years in Detroit.

“The best concert I went to recently was Jay-Z and Eminem. It was my first time going down to the baseball stadium,” the Virginia Union alum said.

The concert marked a historic night in both Comerica Park and hip-hop history as one of the most hyped concerts of all time lived up to its potential before nearly 45,000 screaming fans on September 2, 2010.

“Big Ben” Wallace recorded his 2,100 block versus Portland in January and became the third Piston (Laimbeer and Lanier) to record 7,000 rebounds at Indiana last year.

Growing up, the 15 year veteran kicked it to the Ghetto Boys, infamous for their track Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangstar, featured in the 1999 cult classic film, “Office Space”.

When the 6-foot-9 Wallace puts on his headphones to get hype before a game, you better believe he is listening to one two songs:

Never Snitch, (by) Ghetto Boys, or Renegade (by) Jay-Z and Eminem,” The Body told Sportz Detroit Magazine.

The four time Defensive Player of the year (2002, 2003, 2005, 2006) witnessed his dream collaboration when two of his favorites joined forces on stage.

“2Pac and Scarface,” Wallace said with satisfaction.

A native of White Hall, Ala. Wallace is a four time All Star (2003-2006) and two time NBA Rebounding Champion (2002, 2003).

By Kevin Alan Lamb

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