Posted Jul 19, 2011 07:14 pm CDT
Forced to stay off the basketball court right now because of the NBA lockout, Ben Wallace of the Detroit Pistons has a back-up plan.
The 36-year-old has long been interested in becoming a lawyer, and is now at home in Virginia researching law schools, reports the Detroit News.
He hopes to use the juris doctor degree to provide guidance and hope to troubled young people.
“We don’t know the kids coming up in our community,” Wallace tells the newspaper. “Kids today are facing a different type of struggle than when we were growing up. The worst thing for us was getting into a fight or joining a gang. Now the household has been so torn up, that kids don’t have guidance like we had. We had our moms and dads and even the lady down the street yelling at us.”