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Rasheed Wallace to retire, the world is now a little more gray

Jun 25, 2010, 3:47 AM EDT

Rasheed Wallace.jpgThe NBA just got a little less interesting.

There was nobody in the league like Rasheed Wallace, and he has decided to walk away, according to David Aldridge writing for

He battled through an injury plagued season and although he was owed nearly $13 million over the next two seasons he decided he didn’t want to go through that again.

Sheed won an NBA title in 2004 when he came over to the Pistons mid season and teamed with Ben Wallace to anchor a powerful defense that knocked off the Lakers.

People were expecting — or hoping — for the same thing when he joined the Celtics for this past season. And they did make it to the NBA finals and pushed the Lakers seven games. But they team did a lot of that in spite of Sheed, not because of his help. He just wasn’t quite the same (although he still hit some key threes).

Wallace was a technical-foul magnate, a guy who talked to the referees like the fans want to talk to the refs. Except he picked up techicals and fines for it. Never stopped him, though.

He was a character, a wild card in a world of safe, corporate-friendly images. It’s just not going to be the same without him.

  1. Jeff - Jun 26, 2010 at 3:33 AM

    Azucar? You’re not to bright. I think you need to stop watching television so much. The truth about a man is not in what is reported by the media and something tells me you don’t know Rasheed personally. So, if you don’t know the facts, you should keep your mouth shut. You sound like a guy that is always looking for a reason to hate a player, so the media is likely your best friend. Get a life.

  2. slow-speed - Jun 29, 2010 at 9:29 PM

    Sheed was a great player who had a big passion mixed with emotions as a fan i wish he was for my home team. That guy gave my team fits

  3. SPROUSE99 - Jul 4, 2010 at 9:14 PM

    Touche, Jeff, touche

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