‘Sheed Tossed; Real Or Reputation?

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — When Rasheed Wallace talks, referees listen.

It’s been that way throughout Wallace’s basketball career, dating back to his fouling out of and then being ejected from the 1993 McDonald’s All-American game at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis (I know I’m dating myself a bit here, but I was in attendance that day).

Wallace continued his decades-old tradition Sunday in the New York Knicks’ win over the Phoenix Suns when he headed to the showers early after being ejected in the first quarter. But not everyone is convinced that he earned this latest ejection, as both Tyson Chandler and Carmelo Anthony told ESPNNewYork.com that his reputation earned him an early exit:

“I think so. He’s the only guy in the league that gets technicals for saying, ‘ball don’t lie,’ so that should go to show you right there,” Tyson Chandler said.

Wallace picked up career technical fouls 316 and 317 late in the first quarter on Sunday for arguing a foul call.

He played just 1 minute, 25 seconds in the game, the quickest ejection of his 15-year career, according to Elias.

Wallace appeared to argue with officials after he was whistled for a foul on Phoenix forward Luis Scola.

He then apparently yelled “ball don’t lie” after Goran Dragic missed his technical free throw and was ejected.

Wallace, 38, continued to argue with officials as he walked off the court flanked by security.

“I didn’t think it was that much for him to get kicked out,” Carmelo Anthony said. “He needs to trademark ‘ball don’t lie’ though. I tell you that.”

Wallace has been ejected 30 times, according to STATS, LLC, 26 times in the regular season.

On the season, Wallace has four technical fouls, one behind Anthony and Demarcus Cousins, who entered play Sunday tied for the league lead with five.

You can judge for yourself if Wallace’s latest ejection was real or based on his reputation. He is guilty as charged, for hollering after the missed free throw, but is that worth another technical and an ejection?

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  1. Friedchickenisha says:

    Referees these days are little girls. Neither one should even be close to being called a T. That’s the problem with today’s refs, they don’t let the players play. There should be someone to overrule the refs decision, or we will keep having ejections like this, or like Tim Duncan’s ejection at the Mavs.

  2. elliot says:

    Love how it says “apparently yelled ball don’t lie” i don’t think it could have been any more obvious haha!

  3. mike says:

    te he hahahaha sheed is a bowss

  4. illone says:

    Wow, I go the other way with it. The 1st tech on the foul shouldn’t have gotten a tech. True the official blew the whistle, but Sheed did what I think ALL players should do more of; once the whistle blows and you’ve already got the foul – DONT LET THE GUY make the shot. All Sheed did was make sure the guys arms didn’t get above his chest, so no continuation possible.

    The ‘Ball dont lie’ comment was clearly to “show up the official”, which by letter of the law, IS A TECH. By yelling out ‘ball dont lie’ Sheed is basically telling the official (and every one with ears) that he was right and the official was wrong – very agonistically. Stern has instructed refs to Tech that up, so they did.

  5. beemztradingcards says:

    BALL DON’T LIE!!!!!!!

  6. Fisher LOL says:

    How about…a waste of money for signing him after he retired? If you’re going to bring Sheed onto the team these are things you should be expecting from him.

  7. BALL DON'T LIE says:

    How can refs dictate the game to this degree? Who do they think they are? Stern is obviously happy with more money for his organisation that owns the hornets team. BALL DON’T LIE is his trademark this is complete bs,

  8. johncamillo says:

    Reblogged this on johncamillo and commented:
    Stupid cal to eject him

  9. Knicks fan says:

    i am starting to sick of don stern and his henchmen. they ruined the game for money. Wallace got undeserved technical because of his rep. remember back in the day Wallace got T for staring at the ref?? half of Wallace Ts in his career are BS Ts. NBA is run buy stern greed. refs like joey Crawford protect money making babies like LBJ, wade, kobe… and so on but the refs push hard on players like KG, wallace and TD (remember? TD go technical and got rejected for laughing from bench)

  10. iivviiccaa79 says:

    clearly on reputation!

  11. Gamerfan says:

    Sheed gets ejected simply because of his reputation. He is the only player in the history of the game to get ejected for mean mugging a ref. Youtube it. It’s hilarious.

  12. KC says:

    Wallace has been in the league a long time, and there’s no teaching him new tricks now. I think some of the ejections are hilarious now but there’s a couple things to consider:

    1) The refs are instructed to be tougher on players, especially after they do stupid things that can hurt other players.
    2) Protecting players from cheap shots is definitely a good thing. Players can get injured just driving to the hoop, they don’t need to get hit in the head or neck as well. I think the flagrant foul calls and the technical help keep the number of injuries down. This means more quality ball and less unnecessary stuff. Sheed hit a guy after the whistle, and the refs called him on it.

    Having said that, I think the refs shouldn’t make their “ego” calls, like ejecting Tim Duncan for laughing on the bench or throwing out Sheed for saying “ball don’t lie.” Grow a thicker skin, refs. Throw out players that are out of line, but don’t throw out players because your ego is bruised.

  13. newyorksteelo says:

    Ridiculous ejection.

  14. Fan says:

    Okay, the first tech on that foul, that is agreeable. He went for a hard foul, that’s that. But the tech for “Ball Don’t Lie” is a bit of a reach. Wallace gives colour to the game with his person and playing-style and this was an unnecessary ejection. In my opinion he personifies this NYK roster and I hope they can keep this pace up when Shumpert and STAT return from injuries.

  15. ko0kie says:

    just lol.. I think he’s very entertaining

  16. Gman says:

    I am not sure he even deserved the first Tech.. Refs are soft these days.

  17. W/E says:

    lol the refs clearly overeacted.

  18. Ro says:

    Biggest tool of all-time – Sheed or Ron Artest?