If you’re a Boston Celtics fan, you undoubtedly, inevitably, absolutely hate Rasheed Wallace. Either that, or you despise him. Sheed has become the bane of Celtics fans’ existence, taking over the spot vacated by Tony Allen in the fans’ doghouse.
Sheed told us he would flip the switch come playoff time, and has arguably gotten worse since then. The disgrace of Sheed’s play has left Boston fans wondering how Shelden Williams could possibly play any worse if given the opportunity.
Doc Rivers says Williams could soon be given the opportunity, but seems unwilling to close the door on Sheed. (ESPNBoston)
“[Williams] enters the discussion every day,” said Rivers. “He’s definitely in the discussion, there’s no doubt about that.” [...]
Asked if Wallace’s minutes could be on the decline, after already slipping in the first round, Rivers said simply: “It could be. The bottom line is he has to play better. And we’ll give him every opportunity to play well.”
Every opportunity to play well? As if 85 games (79 regular season, 6 playoffs) isn’t enough opportunity? After all that time coaching Sheed, here’s what Doc has to say about his play:
“[Wallace] has to play better, bottom line,” said Rivers, who has given Wallace plenty of rope this season. “He has to play better defense — the offense will come — but he has to be a better defender. And we can’t wait for him. He has to be a better defender for us.”
I agree with everything Doc said except, well, that offense? It might not ever come. As I said before, he’s played 85 games. I’m no mathematician, but that seems like a pretty damn large sample size suggesting that Rasheed won’t provide anything — anything at all — on either side of the court.
And oh yeah, Celtics fans: Sheed’s signed for two more seasons. FML.