The 'Fro that some once feared is now close-cropped waves of gray. Age and physical wear have compromised that once boundless spring in the legs and limitless energy.

But even as Ben Wallace approaches the final laps of his career, advancing time hasn't changed some things.

He still does the little things that win important games.

How many noticed how quickly he called time-out after snaring a critical defensive rebound off a missed Kobe Bryant three-point attempt with 32 seconds remaining in overtime? He got a stoppage before the Lakers could foul him and send him to the free throw line, which remains a nail-gnawing adventure with Wallace.