Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Top Ten Reasons Rasheed is the Coolest Guy in the NBA- 1st half

10. High school career: Despite limited playing time of just 19 minutes per game, Wallace still managed to average 16 points, 15 rebounds and 7 blocks during his senior year at Simon Gratz High School. He went on to win the USA Today High School Player of the Year for the 1992-93 season and capped his brilliant, bad-ass HS career by getting tossed from the McDonald’s All-American Game- as far as I know the only player to ever accomplish that feat.

9. Tattoos: Sheed has arguably the most distinctive tattoo in the NBA with the egyptian-themed ink that adorns his right shoulder. No run-of-the-mill AND1 figures or Allen Iverson rip-offs for him- the tattoo is actually a family potrait with Sheed as the pharoah, his wife Fatima as the queen, and his three children in the background- with a stylized sun symbolizing the sun god RA (that’s deep). His left arm shows a bulldog- representing old stomping ground Simon Gratz HS.

8. The Drive: After a victory in Seattle while with the Portland Trail Blazers, Rasheed and teammate Damon Stoudamire turned down the team flight to get baked while driving back to Portland with a friend. The Washington State Police unfortunately pulled them over, but Rasheed emerged from the incident with no charges- only a considerable amount of street cred points.

7. “Both Teams Played Hard”: Rasheed uttered that same exact line over and over in response to multiple different questions in a press conference during the 2003 playoffs- cementing his legend as one of the great characters in the NBA. (There is actually an NBA blog that goes by that name, with the subtitle “It was a good game, man” – great idea) Although Sheed’s disdain for the media is quite evident at times, his spontaneous, and ebullient personality still comes through with a lot of great quotes:

On the zebras: “A lot of them cats are felonious, man.”
“Some people say I’m mean and this and that. On one hand that’s cool. That keeps away all the riffraff and all the bugaboos.” — R. Wallace

6. CTC: After being traded to the lowly Atlanta Hawks, Rasheed uttered this infamous line: “I don’t give a (expletive) about no trade rumors. As long as somebody ‘CTC’, at the end of the day I’m with them. For all you that don’t know what CTC means, that’s ‘Cut the Check’. I just go out there and play. Again, somebody just ‘CTC’.”
Gotta love the man’s honesty. Days later, he was traded from Atlanta to Detroit for the basketball equivalent of dogshit, handing the Pistons the 2004 NBA championship and further entrenching the Hawks as one of the worst franchises in sports. In the end, Rasheed got his check and his championship.


Anonymous said...

And that is why I own a Sheed Blazer's Jersey.

That and the grey patch, of course.

JohnnyDakota said...
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Greg Ostertag Body Spray said...
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JohnnyDakota said...

You're supposed to count backwards.

Greg Ostertag Body Spray said...

I felt your hackery deserved extra emphasis.

Fat Dizzle said...

Certainly its understood by any NBA fan reading the post with an IQ over double digits that the cranium cumstain would gets its due bloggage higher up in the rankings

Greg Ostertag Body Spray said...

Certainly. For the record, I thought your Sheed post was excellent.