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Celtics waive Rasheed Wallace, next step retirement

Aug 10, 2010, 9:10 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for Rwallace_sad.jpgNo trade. No return. Both teams played hard, my man. Both teams played hard.

But Rasheed Wallace is done.

This afternoon the Boston Celtics waived Rasheed Wallace, clearing the way for his retirement.

Sheed was drafted by the Washington Bullets with the No. 4 pick overall out of North Carolina in 1995. Over 15 NBA seasons he averaged 14.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game, a big man with range. He had a career PER of 17.0, was a four-time All Star (most recently 2008).

He was at the heart of the 2004 Detroit Pistons title team.

More than that, he will be remembered for being a guy who played the game with real passion, with his heart on his sleeve. That led to countless technical fouls, conversations with referees and jawing matches with opposing players.

He was the quintessential guy you hated if he was on the other team and loved him if he was on yours. The league needs more guys with that passion. He will be missed.

  1. Jeff - Aug 10, 2010 at 9:41 PM

    No he wont be missed!!!!!!!!! god one year was enough of him!! good riddance

  2. Brandan - Aug 10, 2010 at 10:37 PM

    He will be missed! And even while he was not at his prime, the mere presence of him in the roster is enough. His dedication and perseverance is legendary.

  3. Bob - Aug 11, 2010 at 12:12 AM

    Rasheed what a fun player to watch over the years…thanks !

  4. luffy - Aug 11, 2010 at 4:59 AM

    Yes he will be missed, a very hardworking guy deserves the praise.
    I can’t even find who the next Sheed would be, really fun to watch the passion and toughness of this guy…

  5. Jeff - Aug 11, 2010 at 8:37 AM

    Really… a hardworking guy?? did you see how out of shape he was in game 7 last year?? he was sucking wind by the second quarter… im glad to see him go.. i hated sheed

  6. Ron Brown - Aug 11, 2010 at 9:19 AM

    Rasheed was a guy who I believe was never interetsted in being the best player he could have been even though he had the game to score more points and definitely more rebounds if he had wanted. Rasheed settled for being a good player, where he could have been one of the best. I aint mad at him though, just wished I could have seeen him play harder more consistently.

  7. YEAH BUDDY - Aug 11, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    u do know that game he was having alot of back pain and thats apart of the real reason he chose to retire…i see your basketball knowledge is really on point

  8. Jeff - Aug 11, 2010 at 11:47 AM

    ohhhh so the back pain is the reason he Dogged it ALL SEASON??? how many C’s games did you even watch last year??? i dont give a damn what he did in portland and Detroit.. all i know is he took 6million from the Celtics.. took horrible shots.. barely made an effort on defense and stood behind the 3pt line jacking up terrible shots…

  9. Anonymous - Aug 11, 2010 at 2:05 PM

    I watched all the Celtics game….never miss them. Rasheed did what he could do, and did that well. He was a great player to watch and definitely played with a passion.

  10. Tucker - Sep 17, 2010 at 11:41 PM

    You would have never got back to the finals without him pal.

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