Randy Hill of FoxSports.com examines the big name additions made by the league's elite teams; Lakers – Ron Artest, Magic – Vince Carter, Cavaliers – Shaq, Celtics – Rasheed Wallace.
these baggage-haulin' hotshots may be capable of altering the imbalance
of power that resulted in a Lakers title a couple months ago. Or, as a
group, they could end up doing little more than perpetuating the status
Here's what he had to say about 'Sheed:
For the record, I have faith in the ability of Garnett, Coach Doc
Rivers and Boston's other veterans to keep Rasheed focused on the task
at hand. Sure, Wallace seems unable to suppress his skill at going
cuckoo, but there may be other issues.
One potential problem is
Rasheed's frequent stubbornness relative to his role in a team's
offense. It should be noted that Wallace isn't a ball hog; he simply
has a tough time squeezing off a deep three at a really inappropriate
When he makes a three, it often is followed by a
flow-choking heat check. Wallace also has a habit of not working a
smaller foe on the low post even though he's a very good post player.
In a nutshell, he finds 'Sheed to be the least troublesome player.
I voted for Vince Carter in the Fox poll. I think he's the most likely to bitch, moan and sulk and not fit into his team's scheme.
I don't think Shaq will cause problems, but he will make the least impact out of all the guys.
Ron Artest is the most combustible. In other words, if he goes off, it will be a catastrophic event.