If you were ever wondering why it’s so weird that Rasheed Wallace is an honest-to-goodness front row-sitting NBA assistant coach, then read this quote from former teammate and current pupil Chauncey Billups after he was asked if he could believe Sheed was a coach. From SB Nation:
“No, never,” guard Chauncey Billups says. “Never thought that he would be coaching. Ever. Anybody but him.”
Yes, Chauncey. Exactly right. Even though it’s impossible to forget that Sheed has a rep for knowing everything that happens on a basketball court, it’s still just as impossible to imagine a world where Rasheed Wallace is coaching an NBA team and sitting front row while he does it.
But he is. And from the celebration laughs to the quotes-like-this-one laughs, it’s been totally worth it. This might be a disaster of a season for the Pistons, but at least they made one smart offseason move.
Maybe I’m alone on this, but I’ll always call any shot made while sitting “The Majerle” for as long as I live. “Why?,” you ask. Well, because.
It might be from inside halfcourt and not over the shoulder — and I’m guessing he’ll never replicate Thunder Dan’s still-amazing baseball catch — but I’m still a big fan of this Wesley Matthews shot. And if that “Two, baby” as he runs off the court means he made it twice in a row, then consider me a double fan. Maybe even a four times fan, since that might be one of those exponential growth things. I wasn’t a math major, so please just let me know exactly how much I should like this because I’m kinda confused.
(via Beyond the Buzzer)
On Monday’s live episode of The Starters: NBA weekend winners (Spurs, Anthony Davis, The Raptor), losers (teams eliminated from the playoffs, 76ers, Tony Wroten’s shoes), Knicks rumors, Noah’s All-NBA First Team credentials, and OKC handling Westbrook’s minutes.
Shoutout: 40 points and 21 rebounds for Anthony Davis in an overtime win that means basically nothing for the Pelicans. Maybe it shouldn’t count quite as much since the Celtics are horrible, but a 40-20 at any point in time is special, let alone for a guy who turned 21 less than a week ago.
Not so much: Al-Farouq Aminu fouled three-point shooters twice while down four or fewer with less than 10 seconds remaining in that Pelicans win over the Celtics. Again, it means nothing, but that’s still pretty bogus.
Allowance: In a game that did mean something and will have playoff implications, Klay Thompson got his swish ball on.
Something I’ve been doing lately is yelling “SWISH BALL!” any time a guy swishes a big three, like Klay Thompson did right there to give the Warriors a quality win over the struggling Blazers. It also works as a rhyming nickname for Chris Paul, but he doesn’t shoot enough threes for it to be a full-time thing.