Remembering Rasheed Wallace’s 1-Game Career With The Atlanta Hawks
On February 9th of 2004, the Portland Jailblazers sent the league leader in techs to Atlanta for “three players of good character” – according to Portland GM John Nash. Those “3 good guys” were Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Theo Ratliff and Dan Dickau. Those 3 guys might have been good guys off the court but didn’t do a whole lot to make people forget about Sheed’s value on the court.
Atlanta didn’t get much milage out of Sheed either. They only played him 1 game and then traded him to the Pistons in a salary dump move. We all know how valuable Sheed was in Detroit and what they got from him was Chris Mills, triple double hungry Bob Sura and a future pick that eventually became Josh Smith – enough said.
So what was Sheed’s stat line for his 1 and only game in Atlanta? 20 points (8-24fg), 6 rebounds and 5 blocks.
And How did he feel about bouncing around? He didn’t as long as somebody was cutting a check.
“As long as somebody ‘CTC,’ at the end of the day I’m with them,” Wallace told reporters. “For all you that don’t know what CTC means, that’s ‘Cut The Check.’ [...] But if I have to go somewhere else and play, I’m not going to sit up here and boo-hoo about going. No, because at the end of the day, I will still be able to do the things necessary to take care of my family. That’s what the CTC means, whoever cuts that check, that’s who I have to play for.”
Lucky for Sheed, in Detroit, he got a check and a championship.