Celtics’ Rasheed Wallace: The Choke Artist and What Could Have Been

September 25th, 2010 by Daniel Suhr Leave a reply »
Rasheed Wallace is a phenomenal athlete, NBA star, and competitor, and his career achievements include an NBA Championship in 2004, four NBA All-Star selections, and many playoff series victories.

Unfortunately, his career is also marked by a long string of questions about what could have been had he prepared just a little more, conditioned himself just a little more, or been a little more disciplined.  

His career highlights can be found on any biographical website, but I will discuss some moments in Wallace's career that he would probably rather forget than mourn the lost potential.  

In Game 7 of the 2000 Western Conference Finals, the Portland Trailblazers were tied 79-79 with the Los Angeles Lakers. Kobe Bryant made two of two free throws.

Portland came back and Rasheed Wallace was fouled, earning two free throws with his team now losing 81-79 in Los Angeles. Rasheed missed both free throws despite averaging 77 percent that year in the playoffs.  

He choked. We all know how that series turned out.  

Fast-forward five years to Game 7 of the NBA Finals, and Wallace is seeking his second-s ...

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