Monday, June 13, 2005

Rasheed Wallace Is A Dick

Having said that, I think Wallace has great game, and the thing that bothers me most about him is imagining what an incredible player he would be if he removed his head from his ass long enough not to be a negative influence on his team and instead focused on what his job is supposed to be, to play friggin' basketball.

Last game contained a stretch that perfectly illustrated Rasheed's petulant, child-like asshole-ishness. Upon not getting a foul call, Wallace goes through his usual smiling, persistent homeless guy that doesn't know when to stop routine. After not getting the call reversed (as is always the case with other players), Rasheed goes into pout mode. The referee tosses him the ball to inbound. He doesn't move and the ball bounces off his chest and onto the ground. At this point, the official is getting pissed and rightfully so. What are you, Rasheed, five freaking years old? What, you don't want to wait in line at the bank, so you're just going to fall on the floor and play dead? I thought the official handled it very well. He bent down, picked the ball up and laid it at Wallace's feet and IMMEDIATELY started counting off five for him to pick it up and inbound.

Anyway, what I'm getting at with all this (other than just pointing out what a baby he is) is that if Wallace could just show officials some respect and not act like a such an ass, he would get the benefit of the doubt on calls and score more and become a top echelon superstar. What is it that's so damn hard about that?


At 8:31 AM, Blogger Barry said...

Agreed. Rasheed can be a bit over the top at times.

But as a long time Piston fan (in Detroit) and having watched them throughout the playoffs, I really can't blame him (or any Piston) for losing their cool.

The NBA clearly doesn't want the Pistons to win. We get it. They play ugly and that's bad for ratings. Their fans are asshats, so we can't let them repeat.

They didn't want the Pistons to beat the Heat, but there's only so much the refs can do (or not do) before it gets dumb, and the Heat blew game 7.

I'm not saying the Pistons deserved to win Game 2 (or probably even Game 1 for that matter), but once you get some bad calls to swing the momentum in the Spurs' favor, it gets tough to overcome the roadblock of knowing the deck is being stacked against you.

It would be nice to see just 1 game that is called evenly just to see which is the better team.

At 10:53 AM, Blogger Drew said...

As much as I love conspiracy theories, I don't buy it. I'm sure the Pistons will get plenty of calls their way in Detroit, but there isn't an official in the world that could've caused the Pistons to make NO 3-pointers last night. Basically, I think it boils down to these two teams being identical except for center where Duncan is about 50 times better than whatever body they're throwing at him.

Plus, in order to buy into a fix, you have to ask 'why?'. What possible interest does the NBA have in seeing San Antonio, one of the smallest markets in the entire league, beat Detroit, one of the largest? If there was any fix at all to be had, it would've been to make sure that Miami played Phoenix.

At 10:59 AM, Blogger Barry said...

Well, I did say that the Pistons beat themselves last night (and the game before).

The league definitely wanted Miami in the finals. Did you watch that series? I wouldn't be crying "conspiracy" if the officiating was any better/different in the finals, but it's not.

It's not necessarily "pro Miami/Spurs" officiating as much as it is "anti Detroit." All I've heard since last year is how they almost killed basketball by winning a championship and not averaging 100 points/game doing it. And after the brawl, I seriously doubt they want to let the fans celebrate.

Is San Antonio the better team? Probably. But everyone said the same thing about LA last year and even Al Michaels announcing that the Lakes had won when they hadn't couldn't stop the Pistons.

I would play hard if I knew the world was against me either. Why bother?

I used to officiate various sports in college and trust me, basketball is by far the easiest sport for a ref to get away with helping one team along without announcing it.

At 11:00 AM, Blogger Barry said...

edit: I *wouldn't* play hard. Big mistake.

At 12:51 AM, Blogger Jeff said...

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At 12:55 AM, Blogger Jeff said...

In that case, this weeks's Brushback lead article is for you, Drew:

At 3:18 PM, Blogger Jeremy said...

Story of my f*cking life.

I'm a Blazers fan. You can guess how I'm feeling about Rasheed right now.

At 1:48 AM, Anonymous Skylar said...

Rasheed is very entertaining. And he has a couple charities running right now in both Portland and Detroit. I wouldn't call him a negative influence either, since immediately after joining the Pistons in 2004 he led them to the title.

Rasheed Wallace is not a dick.

Meanwhile your blog is shitty and you can't even spell "Lebron" right! (No a's.... how many times have you seen his name in print? Damn...)

You seem like you're kind of a dick.


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