Only Rasheed Wallace could draw a fine for complaining about officials before they had even done anything to complain about.
Sheed is out $35,000 for two things: 1) Accusing the officials of trying to bait him into a technical, as if any baiting is necessary for that to happen; 2) Complaining about Dwyane Wade getting favorable treatment from the officials after Game 1, in which Wade, who averaged 9.1 free throw attempts per game this season, attempted 6 free throws.
The comments about Wade, via ESPNBoston.com:
“That’s one thing I always try to tell the guys,” Wallace said. “We also have to look out for the Wade factor. You know how that is, with the TV ratings and all this. Not taking away or saying that he’s not a good player, don’t get me wrong, but I mean, come on. You know what it is. It’s about the business game as opposed to the basketball game.”
In other words: Sheed was doing some anticipatory complaining.
Then Game 2 happened, the C’s won by 29 and Wade attempted 7 foul shots—two fewer than his season per game average.
It’s hard to know whether the league fined Sheed for those comments or his theory that the officials were trying to bait him into a technical foul in Game 1. By the way: Sheed did not receive a technical foul in Game 1. But he did say this in the lead-up to Game 2:
“At times I know they’re out there baiting me like the other night in Game 1 with those two quick fouls,” said Wallace, according to the Boston Globe. “I know that certain referees were trying to bait me to get a tech. You could see it coming from a mile away. Like I say, I don’t like to be cheated. I can deal with a loss. I can deal with playing bad. I can deal with getting my [butt] busted. I just don’t like to be cheated. Bottom line.”
I have nothing more to add to any of this.