Wednesday, April 8th, 2009 at 9:00 am  |  51 responses

Rasheed Wallace Thinks This is Still 2004

by Marcel Mutoni

The Detroit Pistons of the recent past are famous for sleep-walking through large patches of the regular seasons (and even Playoff series), only to turn it up various notches when things got really real. Rasheed Wallace, it appears, believes that he’s still playing on one of those squads.

The Detroit Free Press has Wallace’s thoughts on the Pistons’ fate this Spring:

His team may be struggling for their playoff lives, but center Rasheed Wallace thinks the Pistons still will regain their playoff swagger — and have a shot to win the NBA title.

“We’re still trying to win that championship, even though most people don’t think that we can. But we still believe that we can,” Wallace said.

“For the last few (years), everyone said, ‘Oh, oh, Pistons, Pistons, Pistons,’” Wallace said in a mock plaintive tone. “But even then, honestly, for the last few they counted us out. They never said we won’t be there and this and that, but we’ve always been there. So now we definitely have to prove to it, that we will be there.”

Though his statements lack the sexyness of a “Guaran-sheed”, Wallace proves that – at the very least – there’s still some form of faith in that locker room.

And as an eighth seed virtually guaranteed to bow out in the First Round, that’s really all you can ask for.

(Thanks to self-loathing reader TADOne for the heads up.)

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  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    He does know he doesn’t play for the Tar Heels anymore, right?

  • jay

    I just hope he doesn’t break anything after trying to block a Lebron dunk. Caveliers sweep. AI trade. case closed.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Rasheed’s back on the reefer, it seems.

  • Tuomas

    Well, one of the only parallels I can see with ’04 is that the Pistons were much more counted out as a serious title contender than in the next few years (except for one Alan Paul). But not this much.

  • http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/scoreboard Fred34

    Eighth-Sheed Wallace?

  • Manumaniac

    Correct me if I’m wrong but this must be the first time in years, that the Pistons will go to the playoffs without having a current All-Star on their roster (considering Allen Iverson is out).

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    they won ONE TIME. that’s what’s really bugging me about those guys. they like to pretend that they had some sort of quasi-dynasty going on in the D. they trashed an LA team that was pretty much self-destructive at that point and that’s it. they won ONE TIME.

  • http://vnsny.org Spaceship Jay

    Co-sign Z. At this point I wouldn’t be surprised to see a Hornets/Magic Finals matchup.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    I’ll take that ONE, so yeah. But hey, 6 straight seasons of going to the ECF is a position 30 other teams would have loved to be in, so there’s that.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Regardless, Sheed is talking reckless.

  • Tuomas

    With the way they were playing in the ’04 Finals, they would’ve trashed just about anybody. And I’ll take it too. What kills me is that I don’t think I’ve ever seen the effort return on a consistent basis.

  • Jeremy

    Ummmm, AI traded…case closed. Case open there hot shot. Why would my pistons trade AI. He has a HUGE contract that expires at the end of the season. THE PISTONS WILL LET HIM WALK AND HE WILL HAVE TO TRY AND NEGOTIATE A NEW CONTRACT WITH A NEW TEAM, AND FOR THE RECORD HIM BEING A BABY IN DETROIT DOES NOT HELP HIS CAUSE FOR THAT NEW CONTRACT..AND THAT MY LESS KNOWLEDGABLE FRIEND IS “Case closed”

  • http://www.mynameinorange.blogspot.com Hisham

    Fred34 is becoming one of my favorite commenters on this website. love the one-liners

  • Jeremy

    Also, I will agree that what the Piston’s have done over the past 7 years does not constitute a Dynasty, but maybe they have been mentioned alot due to the fact that they have made runs to 6 straight ECF’s, and 2 Finals, winning one and letting Sheed lose the other. So yeah there’s exactly zero other teams that can claim to have done that, and only the Spurs can claim more success over the same period of time. And Hornets/Magic. I doubt it..Orlando isn’t quite there yet..too shakey at PG. Lakers vs. Cavs is the better bet.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Tuomas: Um, lets not forget the ’05 season. We did take the Spurs down to the last few minutes in game 7 of the Finals that season.

  • Squirrel7

    Haha, Jay, I made that same prediction about a week ago, but that was mainly because I knew such a match-up would p*ss off Sternbot. There is no way the Pistons are advancing beyond the first round.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    oh, they were an excellent team, tad, i’m not disputing that. and every team but the lakers, the spurs and the heat would gladly take their recent struggles for that championship. my point is that as individuals they were never talented enough to swith it on and off or coast through games. they’re a bunch of overachievers at heart and the motor needs to be on all times for them to have great success. on most nights against elite teams, the best player on the floor was on the other team. i guess somewhere along the way, they forgot what was key to their success.

  • Tuomas

    Yeah TAD, after giving away the first two games in an absolute stinkbomb. Didn’t bother me at all, no sir.

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    Do I have to say anything?

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    go for it Bryan. lol.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    I know your opinion Shia. No need to have Ryne turn on the filters.

  • bulldog

    Championship you say? Here comes another technical. Yep. You just got teed up.

  • nate the great

    idk, i think that they had a dominant team.
    i hate detriot, but i like some of their players. like tayshaun, he is so good in so many ways. and rip, they had chauncy and ben wallace.
    now idk whats up with them, i think after lossing ben they stopped.

  • JoeMaMa

    Let’s all just sit back for a moment and remember how amazing the Spurs/Pistons series was. 7 games, an absolute classic game 5, big shots, great D…I honestly think this was one of the best finals ever.
    And anyone that disagrees is a pop tart NBA fan. This series was legenedary!!!!!!!!!

  • Big_Sia

    Sheed is a gangster

  • Tuomas

    JoeMaMa, it was all the more surprising, because for the first couple games it looked like the most boring finals ever in the making. And then all hell broke loose. The ratings didn’t catch on as far as I remember, but actual basketball fans sure did. Woulda been better if my team won though.

  • ab_40

    they’ll take cleveland to six, boston to five wo kg 7 and they’ll surely take orlando to 7. teams are more scared of the pistons then the bulls…

  • http://www.clutchfans.net nick

    Sheed’s pregame dance beat Lebron’s family picture 4-0.

  • Ronald

    WTF? Why would anyone remotely consider the Pistons a Dynasty?

  • http://vnsny.org Spaceship Jay

    I’m picking Hornets/Orlando because on the Western side, The Spurs extra-elderly-ness has finally caught up to them.. and while the Lakers are the cream of the crop, it seems that they are fully aware of it, playing perhaps as lazy and unmotivated as they possibly can. That and their bench is Stupendously garbage. And the Lakers biggest weakness? Point guards. Strong willed point guards. If they meet the Jazz/Hornets,I think they are FINISHED.

  • http://vnsny.org Spaceship Jay

    On the Eastern side, (even though I’m riding on the blazing Dwayne Wade horse of Death) Lebron and the Lebron-acons are soaring sky high.. but I’ve noticed that no one is under 6-2 that is in the rotation other than Skip. When they play consistent defense and rebound, its extremely tough to beat them. Atlanta isn’t strong enough, and karma has caught up to those chuckling Celtic B@stards. So there you have it. Hornets/Magic.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    co sign nick

  • JoeMaMa

    turn it up at 0:36.
    Rasheed, don’t ever grow old.

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    I heard instead of a playoff beard, he hasn’t brushed his teeth since 2004.

  • mdshuai33

    JoeMama, try telling that to his knees. I don’t think they’d agree with you.

  • Braden

    I still believe!! Pistons r dope!! Allen Iverson just messed things up even though the rest of the pistons wont admit it!!! Rasheed u gona take out the cavs in the first round!! F#%* all the haters!!!!

  • http://sportzin.com Joey E.

    Sheed still on that Portland ish

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    B!tch you are killing me/stop getting crazy on this Octomom like sh!t/ you need to chill and stay away from that Baby Gymboree/ you wont get a win from me/ you need to back down/ Rasheed Wallace i bite my thumb at thee

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    that was my freestyle about this situation

  • ole dirty marmot

    I heard he wants management to sign Damon Stoudemire

  • http://www.nba.com/suns Dacre

    It’s just kicked into 2004 in Tasmania.

  • NYCityREP

    This just goes to show why A.I. didn’t fit in Detroit. Those knuckleheads still think its 2004. They probably think Chaucey Billups & Ben Wallace are coming back to team and they’ll return to the good ol’ days when they were drinking champagne for all but 1 season.

    I like Detroit, but they are to blame, not Iverson. And Curry is a horrible coach.

  • Blinguo

    “Mock plaintive tone” “we will be there” ? Sounds like that scene in Ocean’s Eleven with the Saul guy in his high roller accent when they’re waiting around for Danny/Clooney and he says “he will be here” the other guy mocks him and says it back in the accent and calls him a “schmuck.”

  • Big Marv’

    Sheed is the man.

  • vonkers

    You can’t fault the guy for believing in his team, not to mention it’s Rasheed, come on, what do you expect him today? They’re still a dangerous 7 or 8 seed. They could be Boston with the injuries they’re dealing with, and they’ve proved they can beat Orlando too. Cleveland theres no chance though. I wouldn’t want to face them in the 1st found if I was any EC team though.

  • Rules are non applicable to me

    I think the Pistons are so under rated. I would never have changed the team even if they stuggled to get past the final in the east.

    I would prefer to have been owner of the Pistons, and I would never had traded Wallace or Billups. Jeez.

    As for this, if it was 5 games, there might be an upset, but 7….? Still this is basketball, and like football (not English football), anything can happen. Just wait and shut up til 1st round is over.

  • Rules are non applicable to me

    I meant to say like English football, anything can happen. I guess i just Pistons’ up.

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  • wilz

    id rather get chips then trips to the ecf

  • vonkers

    Still, they’ve been in a position 29 other teams wouldn’t have minded being in. They still should have at least one more though. If they’d have kept Larry Brown I think they might have.

  • ka

    sheed aint scared’a y’all.