Thursday, January 12, 2012

Rasheed Wallace Making A Comeback?

Rasheed Wallace, the owner of one NBA ring and the former 1st round pick by the Washington Wizards (known as the Bullets at the time), is thinking about making a comeback. Yes, that's right, the ire of NBA referees everywhere is about to haunt them even more. The 4-time all-star averaged 14.6 points a game and 6.7 rebounds and holds the record for most technical fouls with 304. If he does come back expect him to raise his record even higher because you guys know he can't let anyone else even come close to garnering 304 fouls, lol. Here's Adrian Wojanarski of Yahoo Sports with more info:
Wallace, who retired after 15 seasons in 2010, has been working out and probing some close league friends about possible destinations to sign for the rest of the season, sources said. At 6-foot-11, Wallace, 37, had been one of the most versatile and talented power forwards of his era. One league source who has talked with Wallace recently describes him as “serious” about a return to the NBA this season. Nevertheless, no teams contacted by Yahoo! Sports reported that they had any contact with Wallace, or his representative. When reached on Friday, Wallace’s agent, Bill Strickland, would only tell Yahoo! Sports’ Marc Spears: “As a veteran player, [Wallace] knows what it takes to be reinstated.”
If my Miami Heat can put their trust in Eddy Curry, there is ABSOLUTELY no reason why Rasheed shouldn't at least be considered for one of their open slots on the roster. He would give the Heat a new energy, more confidence, 3 point shooting which we've seen they need more of and a bigger defensive presence especially in the paint to defend big guys they may face in the playoffs like Kevin Garnett, Amare & Tyson Chandler and even Dwight Howard.

Chris Bosh has already proven himself in terms of being able to defend those types of big guys, but you can move Bosh to the 3 (small forward) and provide mismatches for other teams on defense by moving LeBron to the point, keeping Dwayne at the 2, while bringing in Joel Anthony and Rasheed at 5 and 4 respectively. Maybe if Miami were to play big towards the end of the 3rd and the beginning of the 4th with this lineup, they would be able to keep their leads and give players like Chalmers, Mike Miller and Battier a rest so that if a game is close, they can come in and shoot open jumpers and 3's with no problems if LeBron and Wade are covered or if they aren't hot.

The Lakers could use him to beef up their bench while the Grizzlies and 76ers (his hometown team) could use him to provide veteran experience for two young teams that could use it down the road in the playoffs.  Dallas, Boston and San Antonio could be good fits but I don't think they want to get any older than they already are. In my opinion (of course being biased, lol) the best fit would be the Miami Heat.

Despite the Heat's tight salary cap, money shouldn't be an issue with Rasheed (a reason why he probably retired) so he would probably be willing to sign the veteran's minimum (at least I hope, lol). During his last season playing in the league for the Celtics, he made $13 million and throughout his career according to, he's made $156 million. You'll remember the last time Mr. Wallace made headlines he was dunked on by Duke freshman Austin Rivers in the North Carolina Pro-Am.

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