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Rasheed Wallace has surprising claim about LeBron James

LeBron James

LeBron James is seen by many as the greatest NBA player of all-time, but one retired former All-Star thinks that James would have been less successful had he arrived in the league even ten years earlier.

Detroit Pistons great Rasheed Wallace appeared recently on “The Million Dollaz Worth of Game” podcast. Wallace touched on the differences between his era and the modern era as well as how James may have fared back then.

“He probably would’ve done good with his physical stature, with him being bigger than the majority of the rest of the players,” said Wallace. “So he probably would’ve held his own. But I don’t think he would be as successful as he is now. It’s a whole different era back then. I couldn’t necessarily say that he would’ve been a beast. But I think he would’ve held his own.”

Wallace, who played in the league from 1995 to 2013, actually had plenty of overlap with James, who entered in 2003. In fact, James’ coming-of-age moment came against Wallace and the Pistons when he scored 25 straight points to help down them in the 2007 Eastern Conference Finals.

The point Wallace appears to be making is that basketball used to look a lot different in his heyday. In the early 2000s, defense was king, and it was not uncommon to see 74-73 final scores. In an effort to improve the fan viewing experience, the NBA then proceeded to ban hand-checking, implement the defensive three-second violation, and call stricter blocking fouls. Those rule changes essentially opened up the lane significantly for offensive players. On top of the three-point revolution of recent years, you might see that same 74-73 score at halftime nowadays.

Still, James, with his size, strength, athleticism, and IQ, likely would have adapted to and ultimately dominated any era of NBA basketball. But that won’t stop Wallace and other older-timers from having these kinds of takes.

H/T Lakers Daily

Rasheed Wallace could join Penny Hardaway’s Memphis coaching staff

Rasheed Wallace

Penny Hardaway could be making another interesting addition to his coaching staff.

Former NBA big man Rasheed Wallace could join Hardaway’s staff at Memphis, NBA reporter Marc Stein reported on Saturday.

Hardaway has been the head coach at Memphis for three seasons. He flirted with an NBA opportunity but is returning to his alma mater for a fourth season. He already added former college and NBA coach Larry Brown to his staff, and now Wallace is in contention to join it.

Wallace played 18 seasons in the NBA, making four All-Star teams. He was traded to the Pistons in 2004 and helped them win the championship that season. Brown was Wallace’s coach for two seasons in Detroit. Wallace was a colorful personality, known for his “ball don’t lie” saying.

Memphis went 20-8 last season and won the NIT.

Rasheed Wallace critical of Kyrie Irving for absence

Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving received ample criticism for his recent absence from the Brooklyn Nets, and now that includes respected former NBA veterans too.

Retired big man Rasheed Wallace appeared this week on WFAN’s “Moose & Maggie.” In the interview, Wallace did not hold back on Irving’s situation.

“If it wasn’t something to do with your mom or your kids, I can’t roll with that,” said Wallace. “You saying you need space or whatever – this ain’t the summertime, so for me personally, we gotta talk about that, bro. You have a job you’re still getting paid for. You have an obligation to your teammates. He might’ve talked to the owner, or the coaches or his teammates. But it’s no excuse he shouldn’t have been there.

“I understand the whole thing with social injustice,” Wallace went on. “He has a promise to fulfill to George Floyd’s family and all. But you still have a responsibility to the team. We see him on Zoom meetings for politicians, it can’t be that serious for what you wanna sit out for.”

Irving missed seven games for the Nets with the team going 5-2 over that span. He returned for Wednesday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers and was extremely vague with the media in addressing his absence.

As for Wallace, now 46, he was known for his hijinks on the court, but he walked the walk as well. Wallace appeared in 75 or more games in nine of his NBA seasons. He is also part of a generation who may not be able to relate to the current era of superstar coddling.

Ex-NBA star Rasheed Wallace hired as high school coach

Rasheed Wallace was known as much for his quirky antics as his rugged style of play during his NBA career, and that same Rasheed Wallace will now be molding teenaged minds.

According to HighSchoolOT.com, Wallace has been named the boys head basketball coach at Jordan High School in Durham, N.C. Wallace is originally from Philadelphia, but he played college ball under Dean Smith at UNC.

The team Wallace is taking over went 7-17 overall and 1-9 in its conference last season.

Wallace, who played for seven different teams during his NBA career, is an interesting choice to coach high school basketball. He was somewhat of a controversial figure during his NBA career and was never one of the more quiet guys on the court, but he’s certainly experienced enough.

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.

Photo Credit: Doug Benc/Getty Images

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]