If the NBA misses something in today’s era, it’s the number of loudmouths that entertain us night in and night out with their shenanigans with their matchups, coaches, and referees. You could argue Draymond Green is that type of player, but there is no one quite like Rasheed Wallace in today’s NBA. Aside from being a great player, 4x All-Star, NBA champion, and one of the first stretch big men, Rasheed is mainly remembered for his unique, funny, and fiery character that often got him into verbal altercations, mostly with referees.
Well, “Sheed” has kept the same energy in his post-playing career, as some statements he recently made on the Million Dollaz Worth of Game podcast made waves in the NBA world and brought backlash on Rasheed. While talking about the topic of current NBA stars dominating in other eras or, to be more specific, Sheed’s (the late 90s, 2000’s), Rasheed made headlines by doubting some of the biggest names in the game.
Firstly Rasheed talked about a guy he faced during the latter part of his career and the face of the NBA, LeBron James. Even though Rasheed paid his respect to LeBron and his stature, “Sheed” shared why he wouldn’t be as successful if playing in his era:
“He probably would’ve done good with his physical stature, with him being bigger than the majority of the rest of the players. So he probably would’ve held his own, but I don’t think he would be as successful as he is now. It’s a whole different era back then. I couldn’t necessarily say that he would’ve been a beast but I think he would’ve held his own.”Rasheed Wallace, Million Dollaz Worth of Game
As if those comments didn’t spark enough arguments, Rasheed then went onto arguably the best player in the world right now, Kevin Durant. Even though KD may be one of the most lethal and all-around offensive machines in the history of the NBA, Rasheed thinks Durant wouldn’t be nearly as good due to the different game style:
“In that era? No, I don’t think he [Durant] would’ve had too much success. Now, he’s a monster. You have to look at it this way, back then, there were a lot of post-ups. Back then, the game was inside-out. Now, it’s outside-in.”Rasheed Wallace, Million Dollaz Worth of Game
These are some head-scratching comments, but not uncommon for old-school players who really aren’t the biggest fans of the modern style of play revolved around three-point shooting and no defense. Fans fired back at Rasheed quickly and defended the stars of today’s game, especially LeBron, with pure facts:
Lebron was already dominating the NBA while Rasheed was still playing, so his comments about “The King” simply make no sense. On the other hand, thinking a player of KD’s skill and stature wouldn’t be able to torch defenders in any era doesn’t seem realistic. Rasheed was a great player and even greater personality, loved around the NBA world, but these statements didn’t bring him many fans, as he missed the mark completely.