You know how grandparents grow old and completely stop filtering what’s on their mind? Whether it’s because they’ve learned over to years to speak their minds or are old enough to not realize what the hell they’re saying, grandparents tend to speak the blunt truth about whatever they’re thinking.
Rasheed Wallace isn’t a grandfather but he sure doesn’t have a filter, either.
After the NBA passed on word to Wallace that he barely escaped a fine after some recent comments, you would have expected Wallace to calm down and harness in his future comments. Well, that is, you’d expect that if you had no idea that Rasheed Wallace just doesn’t give a f— about the NBA front office. If you do know a little about Rasheed, his recent comments in the Boston Herald - while kind of cooky – won’t surprise you one bit:
When it was suggested he could offer a “no comment” to questions about officiating, Wallace said, “Yeah, I could do that, but I think I have to be honest when I’m asked a question. And what happened to freedom of speech? You know, I say what’s on my mind, speaking my freedom, and I get fined for it. It’s a catch-22 with that (expletive), man.
“See, they think they can control people with money. Everybody don’t live like that. That’s how they live up there in that office. They think, ‘Oh, I’m going to hit him in the pocket. That’s where it will hurt.’ No, it don’t hurt me. I didn’t have it growing up, so, I mean, either way it don’t hurt me. As long as my family’s cool, I’m cool. It ain’t hurting my family. I make sure of that.”
Either way they’re going to get me,” Wallace said. “If I don’t say nothing I’m going to get fined, and if I say something I’m going to get fined. So I might as well say something about what’s on my mind, what I want to say. They’re going to hit me up either way. I’ve been through that before in Portland. When I wasn’t talking to the media they were fining me. But then when I did talk to the media they didn’t like what I had to say, so they fined me some more. So I was like, ‘Well, (expletive), if you’re going to fine me I might as well say what the hell I want to say.’ ”
I think we all learned a long time ago that Rasheed just doesn’t really care about much of anything. All he wants to do is saunter around the court, shoot a few threes, play a little post defense, and maybe yell at a ref or two. He really could care less about David Stern, Stu Jackson, or anybody else in the NBA front office.
Me? I could care less about what Rasheed says in his press conferences; he could go all Allen Iverson after every game and I wouldn’t care one bit… in fact, I’d probably find it entertaining.
So he can talk about the refs all he wants. I just wish he would change the way he talked to refs.