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Rasheed Wallace yells ‘Ball don’t lie!’ after Austin Rivers misses free throw (Video)

Apparently Rasheed Wallace decided to come out of retirement to join the New York Knicks for two reasons — to win a championship and to scream at people who miss free throws. The 2012-2013 season is only a few weeks old, but we can already say heckling opponents after missed free throws is Wallace’s thing.

As you can see from the video above that @Jose3030 shared with us on Tuesday night, Wallace yelled “Ball don’t lie!” after Austin Rivers missed a free throw in the first quarter of the Knicks’ win over the New Orleans Hornets. The miss came after Wallace was called for a blatant reach-in foul on Rivers, so we’ll have to assume he didn’t mean “ball don’t lie” in the sense that it wasn’t really a foul and that’s why Rivers missed.

Last week, Wallace came up with his own nickname for Arron Afflalo and yelled it after he missed a free throw. Is this something that we’re going to be seeing all season long? It certainly looks like it.

Rasheed Wallace yells ‘Yeah AFLAC!’ after Arron Afflalo misses free throw (Video)

Rasheed Wallace is back in the NBA and so is his mouth. On Tuesday night during the New York Knicks’ win over the Orlando Magic, Rasheed threw a bit of minor heckling toward Orlando’s Arron Afflalo as Afflalo was attempting a free throw in the first quarter.

“Yeah, AFLAC!” Wallace yelled as Afflalo missed only his second free throw of the season.

If Afflalo’s nickname wasn’t already “AFLAC,” it is now. If nothing else, it appears Wallace is going to be able to provide some comic relief for the Knicks this season. That’s much better than scoring on his own basket.

Video via Jose3030

Rasheed Wallace reportedly coming out of retirement to join Knicks

Rasheed Wallace reportedly is coming out of retirement to join the Knicks.

The 38-year-old versatile forward hasn’t played in the NBA the last two seasons. He averaged 9 points and 4.1 rebounds per game while shooting 40.9% from the field in the 2009-2010 season for the Celtics. Although he looked old and ineffective that season (and embarrassing), the Knicks appear to be interested in what he can offer them.

The New York Post reports that Sheed will sign with the team for the veteran’s minimum of $1.7 million on Monday, the day before the squad’s first practice on Tuesday. He has been working out with the team and supposedly looks good.

“I don’t know if he signed yet but he has looked good from the time he has been with us,” Amar’e Stoudemire told the Post.

The Post also reports that Sheed’s good relationship with head coach Mike Woodson, who was an assistant coach for Detroit’s 2004 championship team for whom Wallace played, is a big reason why he’s making the comeback.

Wallace joins Kurt Thomas, Jason Kidd, and Marcus Camby as members of the 35-and-over crowd on the Knicks. I think that’s a little too much veteran leadership, if you know what I mean. I can’t imagine that Sheed will have much left to offer them.

The NBA: Where Soft Happens

Those were the exact words of ESPN analyst and former NBA coach, Jeff Van Gundy during the second quarter of Game 5 in the Eastern Conference Finals. If you were watching the Celtics and Magic finesse battle, you know exactly why he made that comment.

The referees handed out two technical fouls to Celtics center Kendrick Perkins in the span of three minutes towards the end of the second quarter. The first tech called was reasonable considering Perkins did throw a cheap elbow at Marcin Gortat after the play had already ended. The second technical foul call on Perkins appeared to be complete B.S. Actually, it didn’t even appear as if Perkins committed a personal foul, let alone a technical foul. As a result of the two technicals, Perkins got ejected before halftime when he didn’t appear to have done much. Not only that, but Perkins now has been called for seven technical fouls and will be suspended for Game 6 unless the league rescinds one of this techs (which they should).

Once Kendrick Perkins was ejected, the Celtics had to play Rasheed Wallace at the center position. Sheed already had three fouls at this point because the officials blew the whistle every time he initiated contact with Dwight Howard down low. While the calls seemed reasonable, what I don’t understand is the lack of consistency. How did the officials allow the Celtics to get away with their bruising style the first three games of the series but decide to go soft in Game 5? Why is it that the refs called a blocking foul on Paul Pierce when he clearly was set and taking a charge from Dwight Howard? Are they just now making up for the first three games of the series where they allowed Dwight Howard to get mauled down low? I guess so.

The NBA is not only where soft happens, it’s also where conspiracies happen. The Magic didn’t just happen to shoot lights out on Wednesday night utilizing the high screen and roll, they also got a few key assists from the referees who truly seemed like they wanted to extend the series.

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This Pretty Much Sums Up Rasheed Wallace’s Season in Boston

Back in December, the Celtics got a gift when DeJuan Blair of the Spurs scored on his own basket trying to corral a rebound. The Celtics went on to win that game 90-83 but karma caught up to them on Tuesday night in Chicago. The exact same thing that happened to Blair happened to Rasheed Wallace. Check out this video of Rasheed Wallace scoring on his own basket courtesy of Midwest Sports Fans via SI’s Extra Mustard Hot Clicks:

Wouldn’t you believe it, Sheed has as many points for the Bulls as he did for the Celtics. Like I said, pretty much sums up his season in Beantown.

Sources:
Rasheed Wallace Lives Every Baller’s Worst Nightmare [Midwest Sports Fans]
Marisa Miller; Jerry Jones rips Bill Parcells, Tebow [SI Extra Mustard Hot Clicks]