I always have loved Rasheed's honesty. I will give him that. Unfortunately the NBA hates when players tell the truth about their officiating, so you knew a fine was coming. $35,000 is today's bill .

“At times I know they’re out there baiting me like the other night in Game 1 with those two quick fouls,’’ Wallace said. “I know that certain referees were trying to bait me to get a tech. You could see it coming from a mile away. Like I say, I don’t like to be cheated. I can deal with a loss. I can deal with playing bad. I can deal with getting my [butt] busted. I just don’t like to be cheated. Bottom line.’’

Star treatment being his pet peeve, he also warned of the "Wade Factor" in the Celtics series against the Heat. “That’s one thing I always try to tell the guys,’’ Wallace said. “We also have to look out for the Wade factor. You know how that is, with the TV ratings and all this. Not taking away or saying that he’s not a good player, don’t get me wrong, but I mean, come on. You know what it is. It’s about the business game as opposed to the basketball game.’’

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  1. tb727 says:

    Good for him. I'm glad he speaks his mind. He's said a lot of things in the past and some of Donaghy's comments in his book vindicate that.

    Speaking of books, I hope Rasheed writes a book after his career talking about NBA officiating and what a farce it is in so many different ways.

  2. Marylou says:

    I think he should shut up and focus on the playoffs and helping out his team. Wait until after the season to complain. We all know the officiating is unfair. There, I had to say it. Sorry, tb.

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