July 19, 2009

Rasheed Wallace wants to be a team player in Boston next season.: In what will be an interesting test of chemistry, the Celtics will have Rasheed Wallace on the floor for them next season. Does this create a Fantastic Four? A permanent sub for Kevin Garnett? What is undeniable are the stats. The Celts had two of the top 30 3-point shooters last season (House and Allen), a top 20 scoring leader (Pierce) a top 20 rebounder (Garnett when he's healthy) a top 10 assist and steals leader (Rondo). So how will Wallace fit in? His famous temper aside, is his body simply breaking down, and is this why the Celts could get him for roughly $8mil less than his last year in Detroit?

posted by jeremias to basketball at 07:02 PM - 4 comments

If his body is breaking down, it's not because he played as hard as he could every minute he was on the floor throughout his career.

Most likely, he won't be the worst aging veteran signing the C's have ever pulled off.

Artis Gilmore will always be the man to beat in that category.

Does the addition of Rasheed mean that this coming season's Celtics-Lakers games are going to be hyped as Wallace-Artest grudge matches?

posted by beaverboard at 12:03 AM on July 20, 2009

I think that this is a great move. In my mind, a healthy Celtics team hasn't been dethroned yet (of course, given their age, they may never be full tilt again), and if Sheed doesn't work out then he can hang out with Billy Walker in a suit. Best case scenario, this puts them over the top in their conference.

posted by brainofdtrain at 01:16 PM on July 20, 2009

Those are great names. This team would dominate... in 2001.

I think Wallace can be a good fit. But I'm not sure it puts them that much closer. Good for the Celtics to at least take another shot and go for it. But Cleveland and Orlando are the class of the conference now.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 07:54 PM on July 20, 2009

For all of Wallace's antics, he is actually a pretty smart player. I could see him successfully playing a supporting role in Boston, if he's willing to be fourth (or even fifth or sixth) banana.

posted by holden at 11:28 AM on July 21, 2009

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