— John Brisker (@JohnBrisker2021) August 19, 2021
Before any of the 30 ejections or 300+ regular season technical fouls (including an NBA record 41 during the 2000-2001 season), Rasheed Wallace showed in a preseason game during his rookie year vs the 72-10 Bulls that he and the refs weren’t going to be the best of friends.
During a scuffle between Bulls center Luc Longley and Chris Webber, Rasheed thought it was a good idea to bring a ball to a fistfight and sucker punch Luc in the back of the head. He missed Luc and ended up hitting an innocent casualty: the ref..in the head. Luc and Webber were both ejected and surprisingly Rasheed, who was held back by fellow UNC alum Michael Jordan, was not. I guess the Ball Does Lie sometimes.
As mentioned, in Rasheed's very entertaining 16 years in the league -- which included two retirements -- he set records for most techs ever, most ejections ever and most techs in a season. He was also breaking his own tech records season after season and found ways to get ejected quicker and quicker. How quick? How about 85 seconds in this game.
Although I'm honoring Sheed on his birthday by emphasizing his temper and getting kicked off the court, I could go on and on about all of the good things the NBA champion and 4 x NBA All-Star did on the court at North Carolina and as a member of the Bullets, Blazers, Pistons, Celtics, Knicks and even Hawks for one game. I could also go on and on about all the good things he's been doing off the court, such as delivering water to the people of Flint, Michigan.
Young Sheed was also the USA Today High School Player of the Year after averaging 16 points, 15 rebounds and 7 blocks in just 19 minutes a game during his senior year. And no he didn't only play 19 minutes a game because he was acting like this...