In case you didn’t see the game, I’ll set the scene.
Rasheed Wallace and Pau Gasol got tangled up. Both players were being physical, both were throwing their bodies around. As they ran downcourt, still entangled and physical, Wallace extended his arms to shove Gasol off of him. It didn’t matter that both were at fault; Sheed escalated the situation. But Rasheed did not agree when the ref called a technical foul on him.
“That was some bull (expletive),” he told the Boston Globe after the game. “And the ref was watching that the whole way. But he decides to call it on me. He sees the cat put me in a headlock, all that but yeah, he decides to call it on me. I ain’t tripping on it, though. I was expecting it from him.”
“I ain’t tripping on it, though. I was expecting it from him.” That’s exactly how I can describe my own feelings whenever Sheed gets a technical foul.
I know some people get mad at Rasheed for his outbursts, and find him childish. I just think it’s funny. The guy is an absolute loose cannon with anything involving zebra-striped, whistle-blowing men, and it kind of cracks me up.
Of course, once he gets a tech with a minute to go in a playoff game, it won’t be so funny anymore.
But the best part of that Globe story wasn’t Sheed going off about the ref. It was a little snippet from Gary Washburn.
You figured there would be some extracurricular activity when Rasheed Wallace began mixing it up in the post with Pau Gasol. Wallace doesn’t really like many players in the league and Gasol is probably at the top of his dislike list.
Put Kobe Bryant at the top of my dislike list. But The Big Poodle is up there, too.