Rasheed Wallace: LeBron is a Flopper

Rasheed Wallace picked up his 5th technical foul as the Celtics defeated the Raptors.  Wallace, who has never been able to control his temper, apparently takes no responsibility for getting techs anymore.  Instead it was because Hedo Turkoglu flopped while defending ‘Sheed.  That most certainly must have been the reason that Rasheed Wallace couldn’t control his temper at the referees for buying into a presumed flop.  For some reason, Wallace then used it as a way to attack LeBron James.

“Let the Golden Child [LeBron James] do that, or one of the NBA Without Border kids do that, it’s all fine and dandy,” he said.

“This game is watered down, watered down with all that flopping. They’re setting rules on us to the point where you’re taunting if you dunk on somebody. Paul dunked it and then he didn’t say nothing, but it’s a tech.”

First a couple points about this.  I don’t like the flopping either.  I think it is one thing if a player is in position to take a charge and maybe sells it a bit.  That doesn’t bother me.  When two guys are working in the post and one guy is backing in, I hate to see that flop by the defender.  Varejao does it, and it bothers me.  Hold your position in the post and try to defend.  If the offensive player is being too physical the refs should make a call.  You shouldn’t have to dive backward like a truck just hit you in order to get the call.

It doesn’t really bother me because I thought it was funny, but I think it is worth noting that Rasheed Wallace was being pretty prejudice against “NBA without border” players, as he said it.  I think it is pretty obvious that he is talking about the European players.  Just play it out in the reverse.  What if one of the European players (assuming that is whom Wallace was referring) decided to complain about the aggressive style of the urban American players with their trash talking?  Wouldn’t that player get called out as a racist?

Rasheed Wallace can’t blame others for his inability to control his self-destructive temper.  He can blame people for flopping all he wants, but he shouldn’t talk about LeBron flopping.  LeBron is good at letting the refs know when he gets hit on his way to the basket and possibly even plays it up a little bit.  That is because he gets hit a whole lot when it doesn’t get called.  As a fan, it is sometimes frustrating to watch LBJ complain all the time, but the replays show him getting hit the majority of the time.  LeBron is certainly not a flopper though.

  • Anthony

    Obvious statement of the day: ‘Sheed is clinically insane.

    I haven’t a clue what he meant by the “NBA Without Border kids” comment, and I’m sure he doesn’t really either. Did he mean the players who participate in the Basketball Without Borders program? Who knows. It’s possible that he was talking about the European players (which, um ‘Sheedhead, you might want to check ya globe out if you plan on including Andy in that characterization), but it’s also possible he was releasing verbal diarrhea like he usually does.

    Either way, he crazy.

  • dwebz

    paul pierce is still an arrogant phalus and ‘sheed still has a loud mouth. good to see things arent changing. is it possible to hate any team more than i hate the celtics?

    PS. Does KG still howl after ever layup he hits? Stupid question; of course he does.

  • Dr. Cleveland
  • Huggs

    Sheed is in the running for the least likable player in the NBA. I kinda enjoy him on the Celtics because it gives me another reason to dislike them.

  • jj

    Has ‘Sheed scraped that gum out of his hair yet?

  • rodney

    lebron is not a flopper but he gets the most ridcouls calls in the league i seen him travel the ball trip his defender and tackle the defender in the same play in front of the ref and still gets to shoot the free throws the refs defintley give the man to much credit.

  • Chris

    Honestly, if we’re gonna talk about floppers, Rasheed’s own teammate Paul Peirce is far more of a flopper than Lebron.

  • Dave

    Sheed simply needs to shut his mouth and concentrate his energy on his and the teams game. Show some Class Sheed…. Celtics don’t need to run their yaps about other players.. What they need to do is work on their own games…and oh yeh….stop trying to coach other teams… it doesn’t do you any good… when you can learn to keep your mouth shut and walk away from the officials when your called a foul on, then maybe (just maybe) you’ll gain some respect…

  • dubidu

    “Let the Golden Child [LeBron James] do that, or one of the NBA Without Border kids do that, it’s all fine and dandy,” he said.

    “This game is watered down, watered down with all that flopping. They’re setting rules on us to the point where you’re taunting if you dunk on somebody. Paul dunked it and then he didn’t say nothing, but it’s a tech.”

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    this referred to Paul P’s taunting after his slamdunk on Chris Bosh!!! not on flopping. Get your info straight! Also, Without Borders does not refer to Europeans, but to NBA prlayers involved in that program like Dwight H and Chris Bosh.

  • http://www.zfcomics.com dgriff13

    I think about the 2007 ECF when he got his second T and was ejected… after a Varejao flop (actually, not even THAT bad of a flop if I recall)…. and I smile. A big grinchy smile. More reason to despise the Celtics.

  • kendall1

    I have to agree with Sheed on this one. The NBA has become watered down. The flopping has gotten out of hand.LeBron is a cry baby and flops. I saw him flop on Bibby, now you know Bibby can’t knock him down. Dwright Howard is soft.Just look at his face when someone touches him. You can’t trash talk without getting fined. That’s part of the game to trash talk. David Stern has turned the game into sissy ball with Motumbo having to wave his finger at the crowd. What’s wrong with waving your finger telling someone not to come in there with that?

  • objectivish

    1) King James is the poster child for NBA flopping.

    2) The only thing with integrity in either the story or the comments is the name Rasheed Wallace.

    3) The NBA game with its officiating is a tragic joke.

    4) Most of you do not have the skills to understand 1-3 so disagreement is impossible and your agreement, worthless.

  • objectivish

    “Honestly, if we’re gonna talk about floppers, Rasheed’s own teammate Paul Peirce is far more of a flopper than Lebron.”

    Merely your ‘professed’ opinion (it’s possible you are merely arguing and do not believe in what you are saying). Regardless, it has absolutely nothing to do with Rasheed’s words or his actions.

    Rasheed is, at heart, an idealist. He gets upset over injutices on the court. True to his feelings, he gives voice to what he witnesses. No BS.

    But yeah– you ‘Sheed haters do have a great point; he does have a spot of hair that is a diffent color than the rest.