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Ushering In the Rasheed Wallace Era

In Uncategorized on July 6, 2009 at 5:25 pm

Welcome to Boston, Sheed.

Welcome to Boston, Sheed.

Sources are reporting that free agent center/forward Rasheed Wallace agreed to a deal with the Boston Celtics yesterday, and he is expected to sign a 2-year contract at the midlevel exception. In related news, I just found my next jersey purchase.

I’ve always loved Sheed. Sure, I’m aware of the arguments against this deal (Wallace gets too many technicals, he is a 6′ 11″ guy who shoots threes instead of playing down low, he loafs and takes nights off) but frankly, I don’t care. The fact is that Wallace is an extremely skilled big man who presents matchup problems for pretty much every team in the NBA, he can guard 3 positions, and he gives the Celtics a veteran inside presence with which to compete against some of the East’s best teams. He can be a monster on defense and, when he turns it on, the guy can score on anybody in the league.

If Rasheed Wallace was good enough for Coach Smith, he should be good enough for you.

If Rasheed Wallace was good enough for Coach Smith, he should be good enough for you.

And I don’t think the Celtics will have any trouble convincing him to come to play every night. They happen to have a secret motivational weapon in the locker room who’s name rhymes with “Devin Arnett”. When you have a guy like KG on the team, you can roll the dice on a guy with a history of behavioral issues. They tend to disappear very quickly after a Garnett pep talk (see: Glen Davis crying on the Celtics bench).

So say what you want about Sheed, but I’m glad to have him. I don’t fault the guy for playing with emotion. Hell, I’d rather root for a fiery player who wears his heart on his sleeve than a boring, “shrug your shoulders” kind of guy who approaches the game of basketball with a composed, corporate attitude. Give me Sheed and his T’s all day long. I really, really like this move and I love the position it puts the Celtics in as we look towards the 2010 campaign. That’s not to say that I won’t be very upset to lose Leon Powe, who has been an inexcusably underrated cog in the Celtic machine over the last few years. But I will welcome Rasheed Wallace to Boston with open arms. He’s a good player, and you can never have too many of those.

Plus, Sheed’s a North Carolina guy. And if there’s one thing you can count on here at Game Six, it’s an abundance of irrational love for any and all Tar Heels.

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