Jun 20, 2010

Philly's Rasheed Wallace Talking Retirement?

(Boston, MA) - The Boston Herald is reporting that Celtics center and Philadelphia's own Rasheed Wallace is contemplating retiring after the Celtics lost game seven of the NBA Finals.

Wallace started game seven in place of the injured Kendrick Perkins whom ruptured his ACL and MCL in the Lakers 89-67 victory to push a game seven.

Wallace had an impressive 11 points and eight rebounds before fouling out late in the fourth quarter of game seven as the Celtics lost 83-79 to win their 16th NBA title.

Wallace has not confirmed the reports but according to Celtics coach Doc Rivers "You know, I don't know if Rasheed will ever play again. I think he took that out on the floor with him,".

Rivers went on to explain that Rasheed's desire and play in game seven was due to him impending retirement. "I think he is thinking about retiring, and I thought you could see that in his play. He was dying out there. When he got the cramps and the strains, he was just trying to figure out a way of staying on the floor."

Wallace still has two years left on his deal with the Celtics but the 35 year old four-time all star may try to work with Celtics brass to opt out of his contract.

Wallace was a member of the 2004 NBA Champion Detroit Pistons and has averaged 14.6 pts and 6.7 rpg with Washington, Portland, Detroit, Atlanta and Boston.

Although Wallace has never played in Philly the Simon Gratz grad has always been respected by fans and is an admitted Flyers and Phillies fan.

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