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Friday, June 18th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  43 responses

Rasheed Wallace to Retire?

‘Sheed played damn near heroically in Game 7, which according to his head coach, may have been his final gasp as an NBA player: “You know, I don’t know if Rasheed will ever play again,” Rivers said. “You know, he’s one of them. I think he took that out on the floor with him. I think he is thinking about retiring, and I thought you could see that in his play. He was dying out there. When he got the cramps and the strains, he was just trying to figure out a way of staying on the floor. We had to keep subbing him for one minute and two minutes, and I thought the reason we got up early was because of Rasheed Wallace,” said Rivers. “We got it low in the post, he started scoring, and I thought what happened was late in the game he got tired and had the injuries and we couldn’t go down anymore. And I think that had a huge impact on how we were playing. We had to go away from the post almost because of fatigue. You know, it’s the first time all year that you can actually say at the end of the day we were old at the end of the game because we didn’t have a enough bodies. I thought it hurt us.”’

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  • http://www.springbored.net letsmotor

    even though they lost, itd be a good way for sheed to go out, since i think he played a great game last night. great D on Pau, good post play, even a crazy off balance 3 (which I think would be the last shot of his career if he retired).

  • K.a.

    Theres a good story of sheed trying to find closure with the ref over at espn. Classic sheed.

  • T-Money

    Yeah… I can’t see Sheed wanting to go through the full 82 again.

  • http://www.slamonline.com wayno

    Time for him to hang em’ up…he look reeeeeeally old this year.

  • sheed 4 life

    been a fan since his bullet days, when he was pogo-sticking in portland, sheed for life…..

  • R2J

    Hate to see him go but he went out fighting. To Sheed, Thanks for the years in the L. We’ll miss ya in postgame interviews and technical fouls.

  • andre anglais

    If he does bow out, I’m glad my last memories of him will be him hitting those turn around bank shots from the post, and then a crazy 3 with the pressure on. Classic ‘Sheed

  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    If he retires I hope he gets a giant retirement belt.

  • pennydunk_1

    ‘Sheed did it his way

  • Nas

    he was a true warrior, one of the toughest defenders and best low post scorers to ever lace them up, the pistons need to retire his number and if he goes on TNT with charles it would be hilarious though i dont know if he owns a suit!

  • http://www.twitter.com/_K_O k.o.

    His bank shot was on last night. didn’t even notice that he was injured or fatigue, just thought it was Sheed getting frustrated and being Sheed

  • Martey

    From playing in NC with Jerry Stackhouse, I always been a fan of big Sheed. He was tough on referees and referees were tough on him. All and all, one of the smartest, more passionate players the league as ever seen, with an unorthodox set of skills. Fearless on the court, although sometimes didn’t put his all. Yesterday, the bank shots in a row were vintage Sheed but you can already tell he had enough with this… Thanks for the memories

  • Morgan

    if he retires how will Stern afford a new yacht? The amount this guy has had to pay in Fines the L should get him a lil something to say thanks – and Joey Crawford should present it.

  • Hussman25

    Until he officially says it’s over… Im not putting anything against Mr. Wallace. Was already over on ESPN reading that story of sheed trying to get to the officials… I really believe he was tryin to say goodbye… Will always remember him carryin round that Championship belt when tha D won… Classic Sheed

  • http://www.slamonline.com wayno

    The belts for the Detroit championship were great. I loved having Sheed in Detroit, he put that team over the top. I’ve always loved the guy despite his shortcomings.

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/features/overdribbling chiqo

    i hope he holds a presser and responds to all questions by saying, “both teams played hard,” before ending with, “god bless, and good night.”

  • Exile

    I was calling him the “DOM” of the series with his current gait, posture and playing style (not to mention the ‘stache). He played amazing, like any old vet on the playground, schooling the young guys with his vetren play and “old man strength.”

  • vtrobot

    we f*cking love you, sheed. i was wearing my green #30 with pride last night. i think one of the best in-game dunks i’ve ever seen was actually thrown down by mr. wallace. it was probably about ’02 or ’03 and bonzi or someone threw an ally-oop way behind sheed. i’ve never seen anyone else catch a ball that far behind them and slam the sh*t that hard. thanks, rasheed.

  • Bruno

    sheed came to play yesterday and if he retires this was a hell of a final game for him … ball don’t lie

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Sheed was one of the Celts best players last night. True story.

  • Vince5

    He still has more game than Iverson IMO.

  • All Day

    Listen to your body, Sheed. Body don’t lie!!!

  • All Day

    At this stage of his career, Sheed should not be playing extended minutes. Sheed still has plenty of game left, but he needs to do a better job of getting himself in shape. Sheed has the bank shot, the mid-range game, the back-to-the basket game, and the face-up game. He has a three-point shot and a high release point on his jumper. Sheed’s game doesn’t involve athleticism, so he can play several more years.

  • http://twitter.com/pdxgaybball dma

    Sheed played for us, the true fans. He’s down to earth and a great guy, but a bad tipper!! R.A.W.

  • http://www.twitter.com/gerardhimself Gerard Himself

    If Sheed will ever write a book about his career, I’m the first one to buy it.

  • Brian

    Sheed should retire, it was disgraceful the way he was blocking shots, stripping the ball and trying to jump for rebounds against the Lakers. We all know that sort of stuff isn’t allowed. They need to sell the game internationally.

  • Brian

    @ vtrobot, the dunk against the Warriors? I think it was Stoudamire who threw it. That was unreal and also probably set the record for highest THC level on an alley-oop.

  • LD

    If noboy is gonna Cut The Check, he’s outta here.

  • Aaron

    Who cares? Wasn’t he good like, 6 years ago?

  • Stillballin

    I’m still prove of sheed and the celtics!!! It will be a rematch again next year!!

  • Jose

    Not a bad way to finish you career if that what he choses… i always imagined him goin’ out after a Tech..thats Classic Sheed right there. lol

  • Exiled Zebra

    You know, all in all, hes a great guy, we gave him a bunch of made up techs, and didnt call and ones in his favor, but hes been a great player

  • Exiled Zebra

    Nope, we smoked it all

  • Zoom Kobe PE

    It is time to hang up the Air Force 1s….and what a way to go; the only thing sweeter would have been winning the chip…he avenged the 2000 game 7 loss to the show in 2004. The most skilled PF and could have been more, but ill take a few all star games, 3 finals, 1 ring, and royal treatment from Nike over the years…….We will never see AF1s in the leage again

  • http://thetroyblog.com TEddy-the-Bear

    It was a great run, and Sheed remains one of my favorite players ever. Say what you want about him, Sheed played with a lot of heart this year, and was one of the reasons why the Celtics got to the Finals. Great defender, very good to great scorer (when he wanted to be), and definitely had the potential to be one of the best power forwards of all time. It’s sad to see players bogged down by injury and fatigue, but it was a great run, and when a series goes to 7 games down to the wire like that, BOTH teams deserve the championship.

  • busterjonez

    Sheed will take one look at the seven(!) zeros on the remaining two years, and lace them up.

    If you had a guaranteed lotto ticket, would you cash it?

  • SMH

    3 words.. “Gasol’s left foot”

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ The Promise

    He became one of my favorite players when he came to Detroit and they won it, he was huge for that team’s success. I’ll miss him if he hangs it up. Some hate him, some love him, well I love him.

  • g 2 da ner

    i will miss those guaransheeds.

  • wade

    he’s a hall of famer i.m.o

  • Justin

    Morgan, Sheed didn’t pay for Stern’s yacht. Mark Cuban paid for that. Sheed just pays for the upkeep

  • RALPH

    we been banging since PORTLAND,U was all ways my favorite player,U went out like SHEED turn arounds an 3′S

  • OneStep

    Sheed is just another example of a fantastically skilled, talented and athletic player who was missing the one key ingredient to make him great: desire. He could have been a HOF guy but there’s no way he is. If only he had Karl Malone’s drive he would have surpassed Malone in every category because he certainly had more talent. It hurts to see a guy with so much fail to make the absolute most of it. The NBA is littered with guys like that though, so I suppose we should simply celebrate those that do rise above and recognise the briefer contributions of the likes of Sheed.

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