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Report: Rasheed Wallace considers comeback?

Posted on: January 12, 2012 11:39 pm
Edited on: January 12, 2012 11:45 pm
 
Posted by Ben Golliver rasheed-wallace

Déjà vu all over again.

One year and one day ago, a report surfaced indicating that 4-time NBA All-Star Rasheed Wallace was considering a return to the NBA after retiring prior to the 2010-2011 season.

History repeats itself: Yahoo Sports reports that Wallace, now 37-years-old, is once again getting the itch to return to the NBA hardwood.
Rasheed Wallace is contemplating a comeback to the NBA, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

One league source who has talked with Wallace recently describes him as “serious” about a return to the NBA this season. Nevertheless, no teams contacted by Yahoo! Sports reported that they had any contact with Wallace, or his representative.
Once a physical forward with a feathery shooting touch, Wallace won a title with the 2004 Detroit Pistons and spent the final year of his career with the Boston Celtics. Wallace's former Pistons teammate, Ben Wallace, is also 37-years-old and still playing, albeit in limited minutes, for Detroit. Given the continued success of aging veterans like Kurt Thomas, Juwan Howard and Grant Hill, it's understandable that Wallace would survey the landscape and think he might be able to help a team in a lockout-shortened season that has seen players drop like flies due to injury.

Wallace was fairly durable into his 30s, playing at least 75 games in five of his last six seasons. During the lockout, Wallace played in the North Carolina Pro-Am. Austin Rivers, the son of Celtics coach Doc Rivers and a freshman guard at Duke University, dunked over Wallace during one of the Pro-Am games. Still, it's been 18 months since he's played in an NBA game. Any chance of a meaningful contribution would seem to be an impossibility and anything more than total indifference from GMs around the league would constitute a major surprise. Given Sheed's memorable personality and constant arguments with referees, though, there's surely a segment of hoops heads that would embrace a comeback with eager nostalgia.

According to Basketball-Reference.com, Wallace made more $156 million in salary during his 15 NBA seasons. He posted career averages of 14.6 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game during a career that included stops with the Washington Bullets, Portland Trail Blazers, Atlanta Hawks, Pistons and Celtics.
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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 13, 2012 2:46 pm
 

Report: Rasheed Wallace considers comeback?

$156 million for 15 year to play a freakin' game bouncing a ball around in  shorts snd a tee shirt.??? sorry, but every time I hear stuff like that I realize there's just something seriously wrong with the world we live in

Yeah I know, when you see it written like that it does sound crazy.   The median household income in the U.S in 2010 was 50 thousand dollars and it has barely gone up in over 20 years since 1990.   A household at that median gross income would take 30 years to gross 1 percent of what Rasheed Wallace grossed playing in the NBA.  It would take 10 households at the median household income  30 years to make 10 percent of what Rasheed grossed playing basketball. And it takes 100 families with probably 150 to 200 people busting their bag for 30 years at that income to match what he made by the age of 35 playing basketball. 

Sad....  



Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: January 13, 2012 11:22 am
 

Report: Rasheed Wallace considers comeback?

Please no, stay retired Rasheed! 


If he comes back the refs will have to get new whistles so they can call the T   



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: January 13, 2012 10:29 am
 

Report: Rasheed Wallace considers comeback?

"legend" or "underachieving head case"?  Guess it depends how you look at it -- for me 14.6 pts and 6.7 rbs for a 6-10 guy with his physical tools is not a "legend".  Just my opinion.



Since: Jan 12, 2012
Posted on: January 13, 2012 2:22 am
 

Report: Rasheed Wallace considers comeback?

Sheed was a legend , great skills , great touch and an unmatched passion !!!!
COME BACK MR WALLACE 



Since: Apr 25, 2009
Posted on: January 13, 2012 2:01 am
 

Report: Rasheed Wallace considers comeback?

$156 million for 15 year to play a freakin' game bouncing a ball around in matching shorts snd a tee shirt.??? sorry, but every time I hear stuff like that I realize there's just something seriously wrong with the world we live in.


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