Monday, October 12th, 2009 at 9:00 am  |  70 responses

Rasheed: 72 Wins? No Problem

by Marcel Mutoni

When the Boston Celtics signed Rasheed Wallace this summer, they knew they were getting more than just one of the best basketball players of his generation. There was also the larger than life personality. One known for his temper as much as his habit for attempting to predict the outcome of future events.

The latter was at it again this Friday, declaring that this year’s Celtics could easily make a run at the ’96 Bulls win record. Welcome to the Rasheed Wallace Experience, Boston.

The Connecticut Post has the quotes:

“Oh definitely. Definitely, playing with those three other guys, also combining that with the guys we have on the bench, I think we can definitely can. Me personally, I think we can get that Bulls record. You know we have the talent for it. We have the will for it and…I think we have the defense for it.”

Do you want me to use that? “You can. Because honestly, I really do feel that. That was a good team. They had some HOFs on there, but we have a few on this team, too.” That’s a high mark to shoot for…”Definitely.”

The 72-win Bulls were an indestructible hoops force on both ends of the floor, led by the sport’s greatest player. Factors that don’t intimidate Rasheed, evidently.

Now, there’s no doubt that these Celtics are one of the top teams in the League today, but are they good enough to challenge the Jordan Bulls’ record? Ready or not, the new guy has issued the challenge.

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  • Tombomb

    Sheed is bold but damn……the bulls and Celtics, really?

  • http://www.in-n-outnba.blogspot.com Lucas

    If they are healthy I’d say they have a chance, but the chances of them staying healthy outweigh their chances of being able to win 72 games…

  • Epsilon Nupe

    72 wins will never happen again in the NBA

  • http://www.asternwarning.com mookie

    This is why Sheed exists.

    We need him in the NBA just to say this type of stuff. Sheed and Ron Ron.

  • Babygab

    There’s no way they are getting 72 wins, even if they stay healthy. But I like the C’s this year. I think they will prevail in the east. My prediction of the NBA final ? Celtics against the Spurs.

  • Vikturus

    He forgot that they’re not the only team that got got very good this off season(see Cavs,Lakers, Spurs, Magic). And no matter how good they are, the chance of them staying healthy all season is pretty low.

  • http://www.yahoo.com Logues

    ahhhhh get outta here sheeeeed…..get outta here

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    That’s gonna be hard since the cavs are gonna win 70 also.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    I can see the sarcasm, Bryan. But it wouldn’t actually affect their chances at all, mathematically speaking. Not that I think the Celts are that good, they’re too old as a team. The only relevant player with young leg is Rondo.

  • http://www.cavs.com MooButter

    Please change title to “73 wins? no problem”. They want to set the record, not tie it.

  • NUPE

    They’ve got talent, but the talent may be too old. If Allen and KG were their prime I would actually give them a better than average chance. However, Allen was inconsistent last year and only got older this one, KG’s knees are a question, however if Rondo has gotten even better than last year, it may be possible. I put thier chances at 25-30%.

  • roman

    The reason why the Bulls won 72 games is because they are centrally located. 3 hours to the east coast and the west coast. They didnt have to spend much time on the plane. Boston wont win 72 games, first because they are old and second because they reside too far on the east coast. Just worry about getting to the finals.

  • K.a.

    I guess sheed found a seller already.

  • riggs

    boston was too old when they won the title.

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

    How about this shakeup?

    Celts: 63 wins

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

    Sheed is obviously not counting the 10 games HE won’t show up for, per his M.O.

  • http://staticseth.blogspot.com/ Seth

    I think Celtics will win about 60, but 70+ is a long shot. These days their competition would have to be absolutely abysmal to garner that many wins. The East isn’t an afterthought of late, especially with the Cavs and Magic in the mix. I like Sheed, though. He’s gonna be great off the bench, both offensively and defensively.

  • Fat Lever

    Can the season start already? I’m tired of all these meaningless predictions, constant trash-talking. Lace em up and let’s get it on!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    I think SIXTY TWO wins would be more realistic, Sheed…

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    He means they’re gonna win 72 games including playoffs and preseason.

  • http://slamonline.com cb 34

    Seriously, if anybody’s getting 73 wins it’s the cavs. That’s with shaq just playing 50 to 60 games. Delonte or no delonte, the cavs can pull it off. They will be such a better team than they were last year with the simple addition by subtraction with wally and ben. Someone will always be open because of the doubles on both shaq and bron. Cavs will tear the celts apart with their new team make-up. Love sheed but he must have been talking about the cavs.

  • LeoneL

    They could win 82 games but Memphis would win the chip right? Right?

  • Brian

    Didn’t they win 62 or 63 last year despite losing KG?

  • UnRel

    the only two teams that have a great chance of going after the Bulls’ record is the Celts and the Lakers.. there’s no way shaq can guard KG and/or Sheed on the permimeter.. nor can he be effective against the length and fouls of Pau, Drew, Josh Powell, Mmbenga and LO.. this ain’t the Shaq of 1999..

  • ENDS

    I think about that 96 bulss team all the Time and I HATE THEM. But DAYUM you only lose 10 out of 82 games? (Two of them to my Magic) Wow

  • http://slamonline.com cb 34

    @ unrel: That’s what z and andy are for. Shaq doesn’t even have to dominate or be the shaq of 1999. He can give 15 and 8 and that’ll be perfect. Remember they gotta double shaq too. Nobody can guard him one on one either.The cavs are so much better with parker and moon too. They are just as stacked as any other team out there.

  • NUPE

    The Shaq of 2009 is a big time improvement of big ben/Z of 2008 – making the cavs much better. Also with Moon/Parker versus Wally. A much improved JJ in the mix and Powe coming later down the road – the cavs should improve from 66. It would be great to have the 1999 shaq (any team would want that), but this year’s shaq who wants a new contract and is a half court system versus the suns run system will be the best shaq since the lakers.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/kevinwilson16 Kevin Wilson

    The last GuaranSheed item was that the Pistons would beat the Cavs in the ECF two years ago.

  • roman

    FYI nobody’s doubling Shaq- Cavs in for a real surprise. I think the C’s are coming out of the east this year!

  • tavoris

    Well, Sheed will mean a lot to the health of Garnett and Perkins, while Marquis Daniels will also be HUGE toward helping Rondo, Allen & Pierce curb their regular season minutes. I wouldn’t say that 72 is unrealistic, but it’s definitely an aggressive goal. They were pretty close to it the last two seasons…

  • peter

    LOL at this loser saying cavs would beat it. Cavs just got worse, you idiot. ex: suns, miami. Nobody has been doublin shaq but the garbage teams. watch a game before you predict anything.

  • UnRel

    shaq makes the cavs better.. but.. not better than the C’s.. and FYI.. celts play the knicks 4 times.. and the cavs play them 3 times.. that’s at least one win more for the Cs over the Cavs

  • UnRel

    ^which by the way.. the east teams have more weaker teams than the west.. i’m thinking that the best record in the L will be an eastern team for the next 4-5 years..

  • memyselfand9

    the league is not the same as in 96, so yeah it can happen.

  • TADOne

    I actually agree with Sheed that the C’s talent and defense is good enough to win that many games, but age and inconsistency will not allow that to happen.

  • http://slamonline.com cb 34

    @ peter: You’re the idiot! Shaq needs to be doubled and it doesn’t matter who they’re playing. The cavs got better and you’re too stupid to understand how having shaq opens up the floor morwe for bron, mo and parker. Idiot! How did they get worse? By acquiring shaq? Again, idiot!!!

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Well at least both teams played hard…

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  • http://juanm.garcia@comcast.net Latin Syndicate

    He forgets that in the 90′s the NBA was watered down league. Like 3 or so expansion teams. Remember, these new teams took players from existing ball clubs.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Spaceship Jay

    Idiot! Again I say! Idiot! There it is again!

  • Chris

    I think they’d be better off pulling a San Antonio, as in using the regular season as practice so that they’re firing on all cylinders when the playoffs begin. The amount of intensity needed to win 72 games at their age would likely leave them worn down when the playoffs begin.

  • http://wtfslamonline.com nbk

    i hope no one really thinks what Rasheed says is what Boston is planning. Doc Rivers and Danny Ainge could give two number two’s about the single season win record. they are about rings. Garnett will sit atleast 10 games just for rest let alone injuries. This quote means as much as the last Rasheed prediction

  • http://slamonline.com Jacob J

    Its possible for this Celtics team. Even with Rondo on the rise. But its gonna be pretty tuff to even get 70 wins. Still possible though.

  • dre

    i dont see it happening. maybe high 60′s but they can lose 10 games just in the east. u dont even have to mention the lakers, nuggets, spurs in the west. the celtics with be something to reckon with this year, but they will not top those 96 bulls. they dont have the wings players thst play defense like jordan and pippen. kobe, lebron, melo, KD, d-wade all will have their way with paul pierce and ray allen.

  • vtrobot

    having sheed here will be better than winning another championship. don’t forget that sheed played on detroit teams that got close to the 72-10 record. He knows what’s up. IF everyone stayed healthy on this C’s team for the whole season, I don’t think 72 is that unreasonable. obviously that a big, old IF. they’re going to be amazing on D this year.

  • http://wtfslamonline.com nbk

    Doc Rivers will not play all his players even if they are healthy. 72-10 on a team with 4 of its 5 main players over 33 is not happening. 66 and 16 is a good reasonable goal

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Winning 70 games is hard.

  • Nigel

    If the Lakers teams from 99-04 couldn’t do it, none of the current teams can. The C’s will get burned out by Christmas just like last year if they play every game like they’re trying to accomplish that feat.

  • Shifty

    The Celtics are all good this year, 72 is a big challenge but they do have a minerals to do it.

  • Murphy’s Law

    72 technicals? No Problem!!

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    Sir Max Airington, please go talk to our boy Sheed about winning 70 games. Thanks.

  • pj

    another guaransheed mr. wallace? damn, ease up on the weed sheed.

  • http:///realcavsfans.com Anton

    69 wins

  • http://wtfslamonline.com nbk

    i gaurantee the Lakers have a better shot at 70.

  • skywalker

    i think the celtics will be lucky to win 60, if any team has a chance for that record its the lake show, sheed has been known to say stupid things,boston is too old they’ll probably have 2 of their best players injured by the time the playoffs come around . 2 many old geezers.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    I guess it’s great to have such a bold, exciting goal presented to us. It will certainly make for an interesting season for thsi team – that’s if the rest of the roster speak out witht he same kind of mindset. I don’t expect that ‘shuttlesworth’ and double-P would be so vocal about that season record being a goal and Garnett would just be just as happy to have someone else barking at the other team with him these days.
    I think guys like Kobe, Amar’e (IF very healthy), Dwight Howard and the expected awesomeness of Shaq/LeBron pairing will have a greater impact on regular season records like never before. Personally I feel no one is getting 70 wins for a long time….but there are going to be a whole lot of 55 win ball clubs out there this season and a whole lot of okay teams looking real bad.

  • http://www.northstationsports.com Nick Gelso

    Nice article.

    I must say however that this debate is getting very old. I don’t really care if the C’s win 70+ games or not. To me, they can win 50 games and win the title and then it will be a success or 80 games and not win the title… That’d be a major failure.

    The team being healthy come playoff time is more important to me then how many games they win.


  • http://www.jameyburke.blogspot.com KobeWearsAPurpleThong

    @LatinSyndicate very good my point my friend-very good point. I know I’m biased as a Bostonian, but I think 70 is realistic, but to do that, there would have to be few to no games missed by the team’s nucleus. This will not go over well, but I personally don’t think the Cavs and Magic go that much better. Shaq will be beatdown/spent by late-March healthwise and Vince Carter is, well, Vince Carter.

  • http://www.jameyburke.blogspot.com KobeWearsAPurpleThong

    *got that much better

  • Vegas

    Well if Kobe Lebron and Dwight Chauncey billups and Tim Duncan all had career ending injuries, than yeah i can c 72 wins

  • TC

    72 wins? …..sounds like a lot of Bull to me….

  • don

    i do believe in his prediction, afterall it is just “I THINK WE CAN…”

  • Cahyo

    72 wins? no wayy man…71 wins, now that possible..

  • Justin

    First of all, that record is never being broken again. The arguments against the Celtics doing it aren’t 100% accurate either. I don’t think it’s because they’re too old. Jordan, Pippen, and Rodman were not in their primes when they did it. It just seems like it because they were that damn good, even on the small decline. Kukoc was in his prime and had a wealth of experience from playing all those years of international ball and Ron Harper was certainly not healthy. Here’s the thing though. That team had a bigger will to win than anybody else, ever. Jordan, Pippen, and Rodman instilled it and made sure it stayed there all year long. Rodman was guarding Shaq in those playoffs and not doing a half bad job either for a guy who’s only 6’6 and about 215 lbs.
    The guy that said Chicago won all those games because they’re not on the east coast is laughable. I guess those Laker teams that had the record aren’t on any coast and didn’t have to worry about travel huh?
    The Celtics won’t do it simply because they aren’t good enough to do it. They aren’t that much better than the rest of the league like the Bulls were. Expansion? I’m pretty sure teams like Memphis, Oklahoma City, could be considered almost expansion like in the amount of wins they get every year.
    Sorry Sheed and anybody else thinking their team has a chance. Ain’t happening

  • Yesse

    Hahahahah good luck with that.

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  • Zabba

    Epic Sheed fail. But I love the man, I really do.