Saturday, November 28, 2009
Rasheed: Turkoglu's 'a damn flopper'
By Chris Forsberg
BOSTON -- It was easy enough to forget Rasheed Wallace's technical foul in Boston's 116-103 triumph over the Raptors Friday night at the TD Garden.
It was tucked inconspicuously at the start of the second quarter and the 15th-year veteran seemed to atone with back-to-back buckets in the post soon after.
Wallace finished with 15 points off the bench on 6 of 11 shooting, including a trio of 3-pointers in one of his most solid outings since the start of the month.
But when asked about the technical foul after the game, Wallace didn't hold back and had some pointed words for Toronto's Hedo Turkoglu, who was in the middle of Wallace's technical call.
"They've got to know that he's a damn flopper," said Wallace. "That's all Turkododo do. Flopping shouldn't get you nowhere. He acts like I shot him.
"That's not basketball, man. That's not defense. That's garbage, what it is. I'm glad I don't have too much of it left."
Wallace is the NBA's career leader with 296 technical fouls to compliment 29 ejections, according to STATS Inc. While he's seemingly toned it down at times this season, he hasn't shied away from barking at officials when he believes he's been wronged, particularly by his reputation.
"Let the Golden Child do that," Wallace said in reference to Cleveland's LeBron James. "Or one of the NBA Without Border kids do that, it's all fine and dandy.
"This game is watered down, watered down with all that flopping. They're setting rules on us to the point where you're taunting if you dunk on somebody. Paul [Pierce] dunked it and then he didn't say nothing, but it's a tech."
Pierce and coach Doc Rivers were both hit with technical fouls in the fourth quarter after a vicious dunk that featured Toronto forward Chris Bosh getting hit by Pierce's knee. Pierce stared at a prone Bosh on the ground after the slam, and while he did not appear to say anything, Pierce earned a technical.
Materials from the Associated Press were used.