I've Seen Rasheed Wallace at All-Star Weekend
I got a zillion e-mails. People are wanting to know: How could I list all kinds of candidates for All-Star Weekend's new H-O-R-S-E event, and not include Rasheed Wallace?
I have seen Rasheed Wallace at several all-star weekends. And the obvious truth -- he'll tell anyone who asks -- is that he doesn't want to be there. That is not his brand of hoopla. He's all about his teammates, his family, and resting. He doesn't want to be singled out for praise, and he sure doesn't want to trapse from event to event smiling for the camera and kissing babies like a politician. (Trust me, you can't just go to the HORSE event. If you're a player participating in the All-Star festivities, the NBA will give you media and schmoozing obligations.)
But that H-O-R-S-E event is, to me, a rare opportunity to put real youthful creativity and pizzazz on parade.
'Sheed, at All-Star, is the anti-pizzazz. He is not going to care who wins. He is not going to whoop up the crowd for an exhibition.
I'm from the school of thought that if Rasheed Wallace wants to use that weekend for napping -- let the man take a nap already.