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“I don't care what you all think about me” — Rasheed Wallace once gave reporters a blunt comment about his frequent in-game snaps

Sheed's Portland Trail Blazers coach Mike Dunleavy Sr. “had more talks with him [Wallace] about it than I care to count,” but Rasheed never could stop arguing with refs.
Portland Trailblazers forward Rasheed Wallace

Rasheed Wallace

In a highly-competitive league such as the NBA, dust-ups and back-and-forths are common, especially back in the day. Some players had no limits, letting referees and fans have it during games. Leading the way among them was former Portland Trail Blazers star, Rasheed Wallace.

Sheed never cared

Some of us may remember Wallace as a pillar of the Detroit Pistons squad that won the chip in 2004. However, Sheed reached his prime earlier when he was still under the tutelage of then-Blazers head coach Mike Dunleavy Sr. in Portland.

As a player, Wallace was remarkable. He beat opponents on both ends of the floor in either the low or high post. At 6'10'', Sheed's inside game was one of the most lethal at the time, considering he played in an era full of talented bigs. On top of that, he also had that soft touch for draining long jumpers and treys.

However, the other thing prime Wallace was known for was his in-game outbursts. He was a hothead who regularly got into arguments with refs which resulted in technical fouls and ejections. As expected, it soon took a toll on the Blazers, and Dunleavy Sr. admitted he could only do so much.

"I've had more talks with him [Wallace] about it than I care to count," Dunleavy told Sports Illustrated's Vault in 2001. "When you talk to him, he sees there's no benefit in getting into it so much with the referees. But then he gets in a game and he feels as if he's been wronged somehow, and the logic goes out the window."

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Over time, the media began quizzing Wallace about it. And unsurprisingly, Sheed gave them a blunt response.

"I don't care what you all think about me, because you're not in my inner circle," Wallace exclaimed. "The only people I care about are my wife and kids, my mom, my brother and close friends of the family. Anybody outside my circle, I could care less."

The talent was undeniable

To this day, Wallace is third on the list for most technical fouls in NBA history with 317. His argumentative demeanor towards the refs has become part of his legacy, but as far as talent goes, many consider Sheed one of the best.

"If Rasheed Wallace played in modern-day basketball today, if he played in our league today, he'd be a top-five player," Andre Iguodala said. "He'd be better than Giannis, and I love Giannis."

Indeed, sportsmanship is a must in the NBA, but if you are as exceptional as Rasheed Wallace, perhaps they could let it slide.

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