Former NBA player and one of the biggest bad boys in league history, Rasheed Wallace made a guest appearance on the Knuckleheads podcast. Rasheed talked about multiple things from his basketball career all the way from high-school up until he made it to the pros. In those 20 years, Rasheed accumulated many stories and played with and against numerous great players. He specifically touched upon the topic of the first NBA player that was able to outplay him in every single way.
When Rasheed made it to the NBA after attending the University of North Carolina, he was drafted by the Washington Bullets, where he stayed for only one season. However, during that year with the Bullets, he learned a lot, and he still, to this day, remembers his very first NBA game against the San Antonio Spurs when David Robinson dominated him in every possible way.
Day 1, game 1, it was a preseason game in my rookie season. We go down to Mexico City, and we are playing the Spurs. So the first night, they are the home team. David Robinson, in 30 minutes, gave me 30 points, about 17,18 rebounds, and about 6,7 blocks in my first NBA outing. That bottle was my friend, I took some Corona’s to the head, and he really busted my ass.Rasheed Wallace, via The Knuckleheads
The Bullets had back-to-back games against the Spurs, which allowed Rasheed to play better, showcase his skill set, and belong in the NBA. According to Rasheed, he was able to contain Robinson more than the previous game, but it was still a moment of self-realization that he’ll need to improve a lot if he wants to be one of the best big men in the league.
So the next night we are playing them again, and the same thing happens. David Robinson is now busting my ass again, but it wasn’t as bad. I gave him some fight this time. He got me, and I can’t front on The Admiral because he got me.Rasheed Wallace, via The Knuckleheads
Robinson often gets neglected in the debates about the best centers of all-time, but Rasheed thinks he deserves, especially among younger fans who maybe never saw him play. His game was extremely versatile, and Robinson was truly one of the best athletes in NBA history who, at one point in his career, was among the top 3 players in the league.
He was a problem for a lot of centers. He could shot that fifteen footer, run the floor, he had post-game, defense, and was extremely strong.Rasheed Wallace, via The Knuckleheads