Some things never change. Some great examples are the sun rising in the morning, Krispy Kreme donuts tasting delicious, and my mom shrinking t-shirts in the dryer (sorry, mom). And then there’s Rasheed Wallace and his referee conspiracies. Those don’t change, either.
Rasheed is back at it again, this time saying certain referees try to bait him into technical fouls. (Boston Globe)
“At times I know they’re out there baiting me like the other night in Game 1 with those two quick fouls,’’ Wallace said. “I know that certain referees were trying to bait me to get a tech. You could see it coming from a mile away. Like I say, I don’t like to be cheated. I can deal with a loss. I can deal with playing bad. I can deal with getting my [butt] busted. I just don’t like to be cheated. Bottom line.’’
Apparently, it’s like a game. “I bet I can force him into a technical first!” “No way, I’ll just call two quick fouls on him and he’s bound to blow up!” “Let’s just both try to get him to get a technical as fast as possible, it’ll be more fun that way!” “Yeah!”
That game between refs, if you listen to Rasheed, is played almost every night. But there’s something else in play this series, something a bit more sinister… the Wade factor.
“That’s one thing I always try to tell the guys,’’ Wallace said. “We also have to look out for the Wade factor. You know how that is, with the TV ratings and all this. Not taking away or saying that he’s not a good player, don’t get me wrong, but I mean, come on. You know what it is. It’s about the business game as opposed to the basketball game.’’
Rasheed makes fair points, but he also complains to referees so often that his comments lose their sting.
Chris Forsberg has a message for Rasheed: It’s time to put your money where your mouth has been all season.
But don’t think Rasheed is all about complaining about refs, bricking threes, and talking about getting ready for the postseason. He’s also funny.