First off, I would like to congratulate Rasheed Wallace for lasting FIFTEEN games without getting tossed. For Sheed is one of the few players in the NBA who can pick up 3 fouls within about 30 seconds. He definitely fouled Scola hard to pick up the personal foul, but the first technical seemed to be a bit of a stretch by the officials. Wallace simply tried to nudge Scola out of his way and he didn’t even end up making contact with Scola anyway.
Now, the second tech might be an issue that the Knicks have to deal with in Wallace’s tenure as a Knick, whether that is 1 year, 2 years, or maybe even 5 if the Knicks’ front office wises up and offers Sheed a 5 year $80 million max contract. (LOL).
Wallace was heard screaming his trademark phrase “Ball Don’t Lie!” after new Suns point guard Goran Dragic missed the first technical free throw. Wallace has screamed this phrase several times throughout the season and the manner in which the officials have handled the outburst has been horribly inconsistent. Half the time Wallace makes the remark it is simply ignored by the officials and the other half it has been called for a technical. So Wallace’s ejection was not all his fault since the referees need to do a better job with the consistency at which the “Ball Don’t Lie!” technical is called.
Unfortunately, the most likely outcome of the situation is that Stern will tell his goons with whistles to crack down on the situation more severely and treat the expression as an automatic technical foul. Wallace will have to cut down on the use of his phrase, but we all know he will have slip ups every once in a while.
His historically hot temper was bound to get the best of him sooner or later and frankly, I was looking forward to the moment where we finally got to witness a Rasheed Wallace ejection. It was definitely worth the wait. However, I realized that watching Sheed put on a show was not all fun and games, because the Knicks had just lost one of their key rotation players in just the first quarter and being defeated by the lowly Phoenix Suns for the Knicks first home loss of the season would not have been fun to watch.
Knicks fans might have become a little nervous when it was announced that Marcus Camby was not available to replace Rasheed Wallace due to a sore foot. Thankfully, Chris Copeland put on the best performance of his young career by finishing with 8 points (4-5 shooting), 3 rebounds, 2 assists, a steal, and a blocked shot in just 10 minutes of action. At one point, he lifted the Garden crowd off their feet by throwing down an emphatic put-back dunk off a missed three-pointer from Carmelo Anthony. Inexplicably, Copeland did not receive any minutes in the second half.
Rasheed Wallace needs to remember that we are not living in the year 2004 anymore and that over the years the NBA and officials have become a lot more soft and sensitive to players calling them out as opposed to years past. It will be a curious situation to see how both Woodson and Sheed handle this situation since Woody is all about player accountability and Sheed has never been one to necessarily heed the advice of his superiors. Unfortunately, we as Knicks fans might be subjugated to watching a milder mannered Sheed this season if he knows what is best for his team. Thanks Stern.
Aaron Kopperl @AKop47 – Knickswag Contributor