Ben Wallace Poised For Leadership Role

By Vince Ellis - free sports writer

Ben Wallace Poised For Leadership Role

January 20, 2011

The average age of the Pistons' roster will be 26 when the team opens the season Oct. 28 at Memphis.

So it's understandable that many think center Ben Wallace, who turned 35 this month and is the team's elder statesman, will serve primarily in a leadership role. Guard Rip Hamilton, 31, is the only other Piston in his 30s.

But at his news conference last month after signing, Wallace said the type of leadership role will depend on the maturity of the youngsters.

"That's sort of a tough question to answer now because you don't know what type of guys you have coming in here," Wallace said. "They say they are young guys, but some guys are lot more mature than their age.

"We just got to see what type of guys we got here. Maybe we need to go on the floor and lead by example. If not, then maybe we need to do a little more chit-chatting off the court."

Ellis a scout: The scouting department will add a familiar face to its ranks.

Harold Ellis, who was an assistant coach last season, signed a one-year deal to remain with the organization but will move to a scouting position.

Ellis spent one season on the bench under coach Michael Curry, but it was uncertain whether he would remain with the organization after Curry was fired after one season.

Ellis, 38, was with the Atlanta Hawks for six seasons.

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