As I was thumbing through my Twitter feed Tuesday morning after I woke up, I saw perhaps one of my all-time favorite posts:
@HerringWSJ: WSJ: The 2012 Knicks are set to become the oldest team in NBA history. Literally. We did the math.
This apparently will take place once the Knicks, who didn't fully believe that over-paying for cash cow and international super-duper-star Jeremy Lin would be worth the price, officially bring in 38-year old Rasheed Wallace out of retirement. According to Knicks General Manager Glen Grunwald, the team is currently a group of "hungry veterans that know how to win".
The team is about to get a little hungrier, and that's because Rasheed Wallace was pretty good at finishing his NBA career in 2010 overweight, out of shape, and statistically poor. For those would like to argue that Wallace can contribute as a low-post presence off the bench that can bruise down low, Wallace posted an underwhelming 6.6 rebounds per 36 minutes his final year in Boston. I say that's underwhelming of course because that could potentially make Wallace the shortest seven-foot player in the NBA outside of Brook Lopez.
Not to mention, I doubt Wallace will be spending much time down low if his 2010 three-point shooting suggests anything. Despite only playing 22.5 minutes per game, Wallace was able to jack-up 290 three-point shots despite only shooting a percentage of .283. To put in perspective, that year there were forty-five players in the league that took more three-point field goals than Wallace. Only one had a lower shooting percentage, Baron Davis with .272, and only four others had a shooting percentage below .350.
Tack on the fact that Wallace actually shot 27 more three-point attempts than Paul Pierce, who played about 631 more minutes and could actually consistently score, and the situation becomes nearly laughable.
So why am I hating on Rasheed Wallace? To tell the truth I have none, I love the guy!
As the man who came up with the idea of championship belts for the 2004 Pistons team that beat the Lakers, who said the Brawl at the Palace was a "funny little event", and that is 0-2 to the Los Angeles Lakers in game-sevens, he has mostly generally done me no harm. But most importantly, he said this in 2003 once potential trade rumors about him getting shipped out of Portland were floating around:
"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.' "
Rasheed, your potential disastrous comeback is not only going to make an already dysfunctional Knicks team worse, but it has inspired me to both start my 2012-13 NBA blog and name it in your quote's honor. I only wish somewhere on my work desk there could be an autographed picture of you to make this 100% perfect.
As for the blog, around a few times a week or perhaps more, I'll be writing some of my thoughts on the Association, posting some various links from around the league, and even some good random YouTube clips from time to time. Don't become surprised when the Pacers of course become the starting point for most of my posts, they are the main team in this city and I'll hopefully make it to a handful of games this year, but I'll stray to various parts of the league as well.
It should be fun and a nice little side-project for me, because after all, the NBA is Faaaaaaaaaaanastic.
But as my closing thought on Rasheed, I don't think the former four-time All-Star should worry how disgruntled Amar'e Stoudemire will look if/when him and Carmelo Anthony become dueling black holes with the basketball.
At the end of the day, somebody will cut Stoudemire's check too.
Cut the Check: Rasheed Wallace takes on, and may eat, the Big Apple
In the opening entry to Ken Sothman's NBA blog, the member of the Fox59 Sports team gives his thoughts on the one-and-only Rasheed Wallace.
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