Rasheed Wallace has been the subject of much disdain on this website, not just for his subpar play, but racking up technical fouls at an astounding rate. Sheed was far and away at the top of the pack for T’s with 13 technical fouls through just 53 games, setting a strong pace. The magic number for technicals is 16, in which a player receives a one game suspension, seemed almost a formality at that point in the year for Wallace.
Then a funny thing happened though…..Sheed cooled off and decided to keep his mouth shut on the floor for awhile.
Well maybe keeping his mouth shut would be an overstatement, but he has maintained a more….let’s say reasonable……on the court demeanor, in his last 18 games, racking up a whopping 0 technicals in that timespan.
So what has been the difference these last few weeks with Sheed? There have been certainly a few less “AND 1′S” and “BALL DON’T LIE” coming from the big man’s mouth. Given Sheed’s and the team’s poor play, prior to the past couple weeks, I would hope it’s possible that Wallace got the message that his antics weren’t helping the team…..well at all.
It’s one thing to rack up T’s when you’re the star of a team, it’s another if you are doing it while putting up one of the worst 3 point shooting seasons in Celtic history. Adding to the disappointment with selfish technicals and an eventual suspension was just pouring salt on the wound for this offseason mistake by The Green brass. Even Sheed could see that.
So don’t applaud Sheed for being able to keep his mouth shut the past month. This kind of on court demeanor should be demanded from a role player like Wallace. So now that Sheed has wised up with his 3 point attempts and technicals, let’s see if he can make the next step in his game, becoming the X Factor for this team we all hoped he would be last summer.