He's among Detroit's sports icons, a group with different backgrounds, motivations and triumphs.

But for Ben Wallace — the most unlikely of a collection that includes Stevie Y, Isiah and Barry — he's cut more in the mold of Joe Louis or Thomas Hearns.

As he prepares to suit up tonight for what might be his final NBA game, it's almost as if Wallace is looking for another fight. What other reason could there be for a three-hour workout with a handful of hours left in his career?

"We still have one game left," he said.

Wallace will sit down with Pistons management and his family and won't rush himself to make a decision: retire or return for his 17th season.

It's at this precise moment where Wallace reveals his biggest battle: with himself, admitting he has lost that cerebral tussle before.