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Saturday, April 12, 2008

Confirming My (Very Positive) Thoughts About Rasheed Wallace

The recent issue of ESPN the Magazine has this article about the on-court genius of Rasheed Wallace. Read the whole thing, especially if you're a doubter about his court savvy, his technique, his overall outstanding play and, yes, his worthiness for the Hall of Fame.

Put simply, the guy can do it all -- defend the tough 4s and 5s, rebound, pass, shoot the three, set the good pick and do whatever it takes to win. Why the denizens who determine who is on the U.S. Olympic team have tapped this outstanding player is beyond me, especially because he's one American who obviously fits the prototype of the type of player that could help Team USA reestablish its preeminence on the world hoops scene.

Yes, he has baggage, and, of course, his legacy will, to some degree, be defined by his lack of restraint when it came to addressing referees (or, put differently, he has a terrible on-court temper that will tarnish his legacy to some significant degree). Still, there's more to him that the technical fouls, and the fact that the Pistons are an outstanding team is because not only can their first eight play very well together, but because they have a transcendant talent in Rasheed Wallace.

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