A while ago, I did a couple of articles with the unusual Celtics records from The Unofficial Guide to Basketball's Nastiest and Most Unusual Records by Kerry Banks. It seems that the newest Celtic, Rasheed Wallace, has set quite a few of these records all by himself. Most money paid in fines for technical fouls in one season 20,500, Rasheed Wallace, Portland, 2001-02
Technical fouls are assessed for unsportsmanlike behavior, such as trash talking and cursing officials. Wallace's demented season in 2001-02 qualifies as the most obnoxious to date. The power forward was whistled for 41 technicals in 79 games. That broke his own record of 38 set the year before. At $500 per T, Wallace was out of pocket for $20,500. But that money was only the tip of the iceberg. If you include another $30,000 in fines for various other violations that Wallace was assessed during the season, plus the $280,000 he lost in salary for a two game suspension, you arrive at the figure of $330,500 - all for being a pain in the a**.
Longest game delay caused by a seeing eye dog 3 minutes: Orlando vs Detroit, January 18, 2005
Who didn't let the dog out? The start of the second half of a Pistons-Magic game in January 2005 was delayed for three minutes after a seeing eye dog relieved itself on the court. The dog was with Canine Companions for Independence, a charity organization that was receiving a $10,000 donation from the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation. When the Pistons came out for the second half warm ups, Rasheed Wallace walked up to the lane where the feces had fallen, stopped, and stared in disbelief. An arena worker was enlisted to scoop up the mess. In response to the stink, Seeing Eye Dog Inc of New Jersey complained to the press that the canine was not a Seeing Eye Dog, a brand name reserved for guide dogs trained by its company only.
Most convincing imitation of Cheech and Chong by two teammates Damon Stoudamire and Rasheed Wallace, Portland, November 2002
The scene could have been lifted from Up in Smoke. Near midnight on November 21,2002, Wallace and Stoudamire, and friend Edward Smith, were pulled over for speeding down Interstate 5 in a yellow Humvee while returning from a game in Seattle. When Stoudamire, who was sitting in the passenger's seat, rolled down the window, the stench of marijuana poured out. Washington State trooper Rob Huss asked Stoudamire to step out of the vehicle. The Trail Blazer's eyes were bloodshot and glazed dna he reeked of marijuana and booze. Stoudamire admitted there had been some pot inside the Humvee, but he insisted that it was all gone. A second trooper arrived and asked Wallace and Smith to exit the Humvee. In the process, he questioned Wallace about the marijuana smell. "We smoked it all up," said Wallace. The odor was so overwhelming that the officers could not use the K9 dog that had been brought to the scene because his senses would have been overwhelmed. A search of the car revealed marijuana beneath the front seat and in front of the passenger's seat, in the glove box, and in a seat pouch. Both players were charged with possession, and prosecuting attorney Jeremy Randolph vowed, "If they're convicted, they'll do some time." The case never made it to court. Randoph agreed to place both players on probation and drop the charges if the two committed no criminal acts for one year.
Largest fine for uttering a cliche $10,000, Rasheed Wallace, Portland, April 2005
Wallace stopped talking to reporters during the first three games of Portland's 2003 playoff series with Dallas. When coach Maurice Cheeks was asked why his forward had gone silent, he twisted himself into a pretzel trying to take both sides of the issue. "He doesn't really want to talk to the press, for whatever reason. I don't condone his actions, and I'm not saying it's right or wrong. The NBA, however, which takes its media image very seriously, threatened to fine Wallace if he didn't open his mouth. So he complied, sort of. After Portland's victory in Game 4, Wallace answered every question from reporters the same way. "It was a great game. Both teams played hard." The league was not amused. It fined Wallace $10,000 for lack of media cooperation. He was then fined another $20,000 for not attending the interview session after the next day's practice. Portland was also fined $50,000 - $25,000 for each of Wallace's transgressions.
Most obscene T-shirt slogan worn to a signing announcement "F**k What Ya Heard", Rasheed Wallace, 1996
Hello Portland! After obtaining Wallace in a trade with Washington, the Trail Blazers held a press conference to introduce their new power forward to local fans. The second-year pro arrived wearing a T-Shirt that made him a difficult photographic subject - printed on the chest was the phrase "F**k What Ya Heard." Presumably, this was Wallace's answer to anyone who might have had questions about his cantankerous personality.
Rasheed certainly is a colorful character. He has definitely mellowed over the years as can be seen by the fact that he cut his technicals in half and the fact that there were no obscenities written on his attire when he was introduced as a Boston Celtic. I get the impression that we should thank Fatima on both accounts. It is going to be a fun year.