Ben Wallace spoke about his depression after retiring from the NBA

Ben Wallace spoke about his depression after retiring from the NBA

Ben Wallace was a defensive juggernaut and ended up winning four Defensive Player of the Year awards alongside an NBA championship in 2004 with the Detroit Pistons.

Wallace has stayed in close contact with his Pistons teammates.

“I just talked to ’Sheed [Rasheed Wallace], Chauncey [Billups], ‘Rip’ [Richard Hamilton] and Tayshaun [Prince] just a few days ago,” Wallace said. “We’re all on a group chat. We’re still ‘B5’ — the best 5 alive. Those are my brothers.”

Despite having a successful career Ben Wallace suffered through depression following his retirement from the NBA in 2012. Wallace said he was depressed for a couple of years after his retirement.

Wallace who is now 44-years-old, says he was depressed for a couple of years after walking away from the game.

Big Ben eventually regained his confidence and is heavily involved in Grand Rapid Drive NBA G League team affiliated with the Detroit Pistons.

In an interview for The Undefeated Wallace explains his life situation that followed right after his retirement.

“Basketball is sort of mind-controlling,” said Wallace. “It takes you on a journey of extreme highs and extreme lows. It almost makes you need it. One day I can go out and get 20 rebounds and tomorrow I can come out and get seven or eight. Now, you’re sort of waiting for the next time to prove yourself. When you retire, you start feeling left out, no one’s really checking on you, you ain’t getting no phone calls that you used to get. Then you start to get low, but there’s no game tomorrow to lift you up, so you just keep sinking and sinking.”

A lot of people told Wallace to call if he ever needed anything, so he picked up the phone and his first call was Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle.

“That was a major call for me because he’s one of those guys I played for and he knew me,” said Wallace. “He picked up the phone and he knew exactly what I needed at the time. He gave me a list of the people I need to call and get in contact with. Two years ago, I called Mike Woodson, Doc Rivers, and they all were helpful and pointed me in the right direction.”