Tuesday, July 19th, 2011 at 10:30 am  |  20 responses

For Old Time’s Sake: Rasheed Wallace


Where to begin with this guy. He’s a McDonald’s All-American (’93), was a beast at UNC, drafted 4th overall in the ’95 draft, and had a great career in the NBA. While the techs may be the first thing that stick out in peoples’ minds, Sheed was a crafty player and matchup nightmare. At 6’11″, he could shoot the 3-ball as well as any big man but was also ferocious around the rim. He used to throw down some Vince Carter-esque tomahawks back in his Blazers days. He won a Championship with the Pistons in ’04 and was a HUGE part of the Blazers organization in the late 90s that saw two consecutive trips to the Western Conference Finals. Sheed has the record for most technical fouls in a season (40) and the most ever by a player (304). While he certainly earned his reputation as a hothead, there’s no denying his skills as a player. Over his 15-year career he played for the Bullets, Blazers, Hawks, Pistons and Celtics. Shout out to Yinka Dare for the mix


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  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Dude had the talent to be a top 10 – 15 player ever…never really put the work in though.

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Great video…
    I hope Enigmatic shows up.
    He was looking for a player who was a better passer than Toni Kukoc who is over 6’10″.
    Enter Arvydas Sabonis.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    The ultimate “what if” player.

  • apache

    personally my favorite player ever

  • James AKA…

    The Ultimate what if player is Len Bias, followed by Earl Manigault. Wallace isn’t the ultimate what if in that video sequence, Sabonis is. Rasheed Wallace is what it would look like if Allen Iverson didn’t care.

  • robb

    Sheed only used like 70% of his talent

  • add

    such a great player, i even got to see him get a t in a game against the sixers

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    Allen Iverson cared? Lol. With players like Rasheed, KG and Webber, I don’t think it has anything to do with putting the work in, I think they work hard. They just didn’t have the selfish mentality/killer instinct needed to be consistently dominant players.

  • logues

    SLAM needs more old school posters!

  • Brian

    Saw Sheed get T’d up in Denver following his own dunk when he played for Portland. My favorite player ever also.
    What is the name of this video? I can’t view it at work and want to look it up.

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  • SikhWitIt

    dfrance21 literally just said KG doesn’t have the “killer instinct needed to be [a] consistently dominant player.” Good God people. Two days ago it was some cat calling GP a chump, now this? If you are a young hoops fan, please please please DO NOT comment on players from the ’90s or before without going to the videotape.

  • Kilo

    I always wondered why Sheed never put up those 22 and 12 type numbers. He could have with the Blazers.

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    SikhWitIt First of all, I’m not a young hoops fan. Secondly, KG is my favorite player so it pains me to admit it but if you’ve watched him his whole career you’d know he’s a very passive, unselfish to a fault superstar. I’m speaking strictly offensively here. We know he’s an elite defender, rebounder and team leader, but there’s no doubt in my mind he could have scored a ton more points and had a bit more post season success in Minny, had he been a bit more selfish, instead of worrying about pleasing his teammates. Look at him against Miami just this past off season. Puts up an aggressive 28, Bosh had no answer for him, next game he refuses to drive goes 1-10 and scores 7 points. That wasn’t because he’s old, he’s had stretches like that, albeit not that drastic, his whole career.

  • OneStep

    Celebrate what is, not what might have been. Sheed was a hell of a player regardless.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    @Philo – damn, man. No doubt. Sabonis was like a point guard stuck in a 7’3″, 300 pound body.
    I used to hate Sheed when he was at Portland, but he got my respect when he was in Detroit and Boston cause of how great a teammate he clearly was.
    I think that actually kept him around longer than he would’ve if he was just your typical headcase knucklehead (I’m looking at you, JR Smith).

  • ctkennedy

    @france21…durin garnett career in Minnesota ALL his numbers went up in the playoffs ….n what team was he suppose to team durin the 7yr straight of 1st round exits…every team he lost too was better than them CLEARLY

  • tavoris

    people don’t realize how great a defender Sheed was. He was the only guy who could guard Duncan one-on-one.

  • el_larsen

    my fav player of all time too
    funny,(his dance move on pistons intro were sick http://youtu.be/UiClo07ZO8s,his “both teams played hard comment”)mad,crazy the sheed was pure rage,and a true baller!this title vs the lakers was ,is still heaven for me
    the ball don’t lie

  • el_larsen

    and yes sabonis was a an awesome passer