Earlier this week there were reports that Rasheed Wallace was close to signing with the Los Angeles Lakers. Now, those reports seem to have been a little premature as it appears the South Beach nWo is making a play for the retired big man. Sources are reporting that the Miami Heat brought him in for a workout.
According to Mike Ryan (@MikeRyan790) of 790 The Ticket in Miami (the team’s flagship station) Wallace was in town on Tuesday and Wednesday for a “kicking of the tires” to see if he has anything left. If he does, he makes sense on several fronts.
With the surprising point guard play of Mario Chalmers and the solid contributions of Norris Cole, center is the only position where people see a glaring need for the team. “The Warden” Joel Anthony is a solid shot blocker and defensive presence but his hands have looked into Medusa’s eyes. As we saw last night, Dexter Pittman is not ready for prime time and Eddy Curry, although slimmed down, still hasn’t shown enough to deserve significant minutes.
Wallace is a career 14.6 points per game scorer, if he can give you half that a game he is already doubling Anthony’s offensive output. More importantly though, he would be the most “nWo” guy on the South Beach nWo. Udonis Haslem is a solid enforcer, but Miami needs a presence like ‘Sheed. Do you think Haslem is going to prevent somebody on the Lakers from going after Wade for breaking the Mamba’s nose? Wallace’s reputation as a surly bastard will help add some much needed toughness to the Heat.
There are questions about his ego and if it will disrupt the team’s chemistry. Truth is, I think the idea of chemistry is garbage. It is an excuse fans point to AFTER something has gone wrong with their team. A lot of people thought Miami’s Big 3 wouldn’t work well together because you only play with one ball, but they have clearly disproved that notion. Plus, the Heat organization is not run by Donald Sterling or Michael Jordan, Micky Arison and Pat Riley have instituted a tremendous organizational structure and Erik Spoelstra is an extension of that.
If Wallace can come close to what he did in his last season in Boston, 9 points, 4 rebounds and an assist, steal and block each per game, he might just be the piece Miami needs to complete their team.