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If this was Rasheed Wallace's last game, he went out being the full Sheed

Jun 18, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

Rwallace_sad.jpgIn Game 7, we got the full Sheed.

There was Sheed the good, the long-arm defender that kept Pau Gasol at bay during the first three quarters of Game 7.

There was Sheed the bad, the guy Gasol was outworking for rebounds at the end, the one that missed key stretches of the game when he got cramps.

There was Sheed the peacemaker, the one trying to calm Ron Artest down after Ron-Ron and Paul Pierce were nose-to-nose.

There was Sheed the crazy, guy who tried to go into the referees’ dressing room after the game to “talk to them” and had to be escorted out by security (as reported by Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston.com).

Rasheed Wallace was never simple or easy to categorize. It made him standout in the NBA.

And it is the reason he will be missed, if he retires. And that may be this summer, after Wallace fought through an assortment of injuries this season, according to Doc Rivers. If so, Sheed’s last game was a fitting send off, because it had a little bit of everything.

“He was a warrior,” Celtics coach Rivers said of Wallace after Game 7. “You know, I don’t know if Rasheed will ever play again. You know, he’s one of them that took that out on the floor with him. I think he is thinking about retiring, and I thought you could see that in his play. He was dying out there. When he got the cramps and strains, he was just trying to figure out a way out, a way of staying out on the floor.”

He was scoring when the Celtics were winning, but late he wore down, was getting cramps, and the Celtics could no longer go him inside. And as they had to shoot jumpers, the Lakers started to pull ahead.

Wallace tried to stand up and stop the tide, but he could not any more. His body was betraying him. It happens to the best.

Losing was not the way Rasheed Wallace wants to leave the game. But this game might be the most fitting final note for a career that was unlike any other in NBA history. But one that will not be easy to categorize.

  1. D-Town - Jun 18, 2010 at 12:27 PM

    Sheed is done! He was a great NBA player. Maybe he was never understood by many NBA fans and players but he was a guy most people wanted on their team. A younger Rasheed Wallace dominated the paint. He is one of the last Bad Boys of the NBA. He may not be a Hall of Fall guy but he gets my vote for his will to win. Thats what makes a champion…..ask Kobe.

  2. Omnius - Jun 18, 2010 at 1:35 PM

    I always hated Rasheed Wallace from when he and the Pistons defeated the Lakers in 2004 and then joining the hated Celtics, bane of the Lakers. Last night I had to admire his gutty performance, he truly showed the heart of a champion stepping up to replace Perkins. Wallace was amazing, and that’s a lot for a Wallace hating rabid Laker fan to admit. My hat’s off to Rasheed for playing big when his number was called upon in the biggest game of his life. If Wallace does retire then even though his team did not prevail he certainly made every effort to make it so. Even hurting with a bad back his last shot, a 3 pointer late in the 4th quarter, is certainly the best way he could want to go out if not a champion. Kudos to Rasheed Wallace for playing big when it mattered the most from this happy Laker fan!

  3. Philly - Jun 18, 2010 at 1:36 PM

    Over/Under…Sheed will be in prison in 4 years after retirement?

  4. Omnius - Jun 18, 2010 at 1:40 PM

    My Over/Under is that you’ll go to prison long before Rasheed does! You are a classless jerk Silly Philly!

  5. P-Town - Jun 18, 2010 at 1:40 PM

    Fans have a hard time understanding Sheed because understanding him takes more than quick soundbites. People used called to think he was always looking for fights, but he never got into a fight with any player. People used to think he was complaining about money even though he was earning tens of millions, but he was talking about the rookies who had to live through 3 years with a salary ceiling. Sheed was, above all, for the team, and willing to do whatever was needed for the team to win, including coming off the bench during the peak of his career. He was a passionate, ultimately private, basketball star who just wanted to win and never craved the spotlight.

  6. P-Town - Jun 18, 2010 at 1:43 PM

    Fans have a hard time understanding Sheed because understanding him takes more than quick soundbites. People used called to think he was always looking for fights, but he never got into a fight with any player. People used to think he was complaining about money even though he was earning tens of millions, but he was talking about the rookies who had to live through 3 years with a salary ceiling. Sheed was, above all, for the team, and willing to do whatever was needed for the team to win, including coming off the bench during the peak of his career. He was a passionate, ultimately private, basketball star who just wanted to win and never craved the spotlight.

  7. P-Town - Jun 18, 2010 at 1:47 PM

    In 4 years, Sheed will still be out in the streets of Philly handing out jackets to the homeless to keep them warm during winter.

  8. Chetan - Jun 18, 2010 at 1:55 PM

    Both teams played hard!!!!
    Will miss Sheed; if it was indeed his last game.

  9. ron - Jun 18, 2010 at 2:33 PM

    rasheed has no class. in 15 years i have never seen him admit to afoul or tell a ref he was right. i am not sure what he thinks a foul is. he makes a fool out of himself throwing fits about calls while th replay is showing him clearly hacking and fouling the other guy.. there is one thing having passion, andthan there is just a total jerk. he actually wanted to talk to refs after series was over. boston fouled more in that game than in any game in history. he will not be missed.

  10. [a] proxy - Jun 18, 2010 at 2:46 PM

    Sheed is a punk! He’s done!

  11. tedrick - Jun 18, 2010 at 3:09 PM

    As a Laker fan i have nothing but respect for Sheed as a ball player because that is the only copacity that i know him in. the comments about him being in jail are quire ignorant you obviously are not an athelete of any sort. Sheed plays with a lot of passion and wants to win and he expresses it vocally. However to indite him as some sore of potential jail bird is ignorant. Sheed complains on every foul call as does Kobe and as did MJ. That comes with the competative nature of the sport. Hell of a college career and a great pro as well he impacted the game in Portland pushing LA to the brink. Won a title in Detroit and came close to others in Detroit and Boston. Job well done. This from a die hard Laker fan since 1983. love the comment about handing out coats in Philly as that seems far more likely than jail time. If he decides to return ill take him in LA.

  12. AJpiston - Jun 18, 2010 at 3:41 PM

    I’m a Piston fan and Sheed was the reason we took the title from the Lakers in 2004. He’s a rare combo – big man who can rock the post or put it in from anywhere on the floor, even half court, consistently (I saw him warming up once shooting left-handed half court shots!) He makes all his teammates laugh and is one helluva locker-room personality. Oh… and I met him once at a mall in the D. He was so cool and gracious to me and my daughter. Don’t let his passion for the game fool you into thinking he’s a whiny loser or a troublemaker. He just hates losing. The guy is class all the way.

  13. SheedFan - Jun 18, 2010 at 4:39 PM

    I hope he doesn’t retire. He’s still fun to watch. The good sheed who can play great D, and the bad who doesn’t rebound anymore. The evil sheed that makes the hard foul and the martyr who gets the whistled even when 20 miles away from Gasol. He never played for my team but I always been a fan.

  14. ron - Jun 18, 2010 at 6:07 PM

    you are mistaking class with beeing a whiny loser. if he had class he would not act like he does.every body wants to win.

  15. Dave - Jun 18, 2010 at 6:59 PM

    Nothing classless about it, it’s funny (and probably true)!

  16. JDude - Jun 18, 2010 at 7:12 PM

    Sheed= biggest complainer ever in the NBA. If he decides to play another year it will be because he hasn’t got all his bitchin’ done.

  17. Jangocat - Jun 18, 2010 at 8:48 PM

    Kept Gasol in check? I think you have it backwards. Gasol had 18 rebounds Wallace had 8. Gasol had 19 points Wallace had 11. Gasol had 4 assists, Wallace had 2. Wallace was badly outplayed.
    Wallace was a decent player but has always been a classless punk. I won’t miss him one bit, his attitude reflects badly on the league. Guys like him don’t attract fans and help the league grow. He turns the average person away. The league needs more guys like Paul Pierce and Ray Allen and less guys like Wallace.

  18. Hamlet - Jun 19, 2010 at 12:17 AM

    Just want to wish Rasheed the best, if he decides to retire. He played well for the Celtics in post season and some of us appreciate it.

  19. james siojoco - Jun 19, 2010 at 4:57 AM

    Iam not a Celtics fan but Rasheed is one of my favorite player a warrior of a kind,never back off the fight,surely i will going to miss him…

  20. terry - Jun 19, 2010 at 7:30 AM

    The lakers took the same chance with Ron Artest that the Celtics took with Rasheed Wallace – come play for us and there’s a good chance you’ll get a RING IF YOU BEHAVE YOURSELF. Given the histories of the two of them I’d say that they both behaved as well as could be expected over the season and in the championship series. Artest was outstanding during all of game 7, for which he should be congratulated.
    As a Celtics fan I have to congratulate the lakers – they refused to give up when they were down by 13, and when it counted they were there. They had some bad memories to face – the Celtics’ more than 20 point comeback IN L.A. 2 years ago,(yeahhh!), the Celtics giving them a bit of a whuppin’ (and their folding, especially Gasol) in the 6th game 2 years ago (yeahhh!!) and their no-class treatment at the hands of Celtics’ fans after the 6th game 2 years ago. (booohhhh!!)
    FYI – I am an old fart and I can remember when fans acted in a relatively civilized way in comparison to how they act now, there weren’t ‘look at my crotch’ cheerleaders on the court at every opportunity, there weren’t commercial driven stops in the action all the time and there wasn’t wall-to-wall top decibel level noise in the building from beginning to end, and there weren’t endless INANE interviews – “What are you feeling right now?” most of them by token women broadcasters. But most of all the tickets didn’t cost an arm and a leg.
    The last time I went to an NBA game was 8+ years ago when the Celtics beat the Jazz in Boston.

  21. terry - Jun 19, 2010 at 7:46 AM

    I don’t REALLY mean the following statement but at times like this certain things must be said, albeit with gritted teeth!!!
    From a Celtics fan – Congratulations to you Laker fans – your team won fair and square against their most hated and (respected) enemy so you can FINALLY let those balloons fall. (historical reference)
    It’s YOUR turn to gloat, so gloat to your heart’s content!!
    See you next year? And it’s nice to see that the team is paying for the parade.
    (Just so you know – I won’t be watching)

  22. Seymour Bhutts - Jun 19, 2010 at 9:36 AM

    @D-Town, AJpiston, as a laker fan and a basketball fan…mad props to sheed. In his prime one of the best bb players i’ve seen. Inside oustside game was sick.

  23. Jimee Johnson - Jun 19, 2010 at 1:16 PM

    Rasheed was going to the ref’s locker room to drink a beer with them! He was always respectful and polite to the refs, and took his fouls with class and dignity. He never flew off the handle, and never whined about bad calls. Wallace helped the Celtics……
    to lose! He is a thug chump, an out of shape bum who cost the Celtics the championship. All year long, he took the easy way out, chucking 3’s and not hitting them, playing lousy, lazy defense and still getting T’d up when assessed a foul. Let the door hit you in the head on the way out, fool! It might help.

  24. Jason - Jun 19, 2010 at 2:54 PM

    All you people who hate on Sheed, you’re just ignorant. Sheed is a nice enough guy off the court, I’m sure he wanted to congratulate the referees (and yes, I do mean that), for one thing that might well have been his final game. He’s not in shape? Guy’s played 15 NBA seasons plus 2 in college, he’s 35. Give him a break, bodies start to break down at that age, esp. for a not quite 7-footer.

  25. jonnymac - Jun 19, 2010 at 2:59 PM

    Me thinks Sheed should get Ron Ron’s doctor’s number…….

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