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Stephen A. Smith says Rasheed Wallace will return to Celtics


UPDATE #2, 5:08 pm: Rasheed Wallace’s agent is now the latest to say his return does not appear likely, although like a good agent should Bill Strickland left the door open a crack when talking to FanHouse:

“I don’t think that’s the case — for now anyway,” Strickland told FanHouse. “He has a period of time to where he may be thinking about it, but he has not given me any indication of his intent to return. … He’s still saying that for now he’s good, that he’s OK where he is.”

UPDATE 3:53 pm: Doc Rivers threw cold water on this bit of reporting/speculation when speaking to the media on Wednesday, saying “there have been no discussions” along these lines, as tweeted by Comcast New England‘s A. Sherrod Blakely. Which is probably the truth but not nearly as much fun as making up scenarios where ‘Sheed returns to Boston (although the only logical one is an ugly rash of injuries, so we’re trying to come up with better ones). Just leave us to daydreaming, thank you.

1: 09 pm: Honestly, we’d laugh this off if it weren’t for the fact months before LeBron James announced where he was taking is talents, Stephen A. Smith was calling Miami. We all laughed it off then, turns out he was right.

So with that, we bring you what Smith said on the Dan Patrick show Wednesday:

Smith said that the Celtics counter the Heat’s athleticism with “brute size” and Rasheed Wallace will come out of retirement to come back to the Celtics.

Smith said Wallace told him that’s the plan, because he wants another shot at the Lakers in the NBA Finals.

The idea of a retired Sheed returning halfway through the season was a hot rumor last season during the finals. He still lives in the Boston area and has shown up at some Celtics practices. Wallace walked away from $12 million on his contract because he didn’t like playing through injuries, he didn’t have another full season and that grind in him. But he showed in Game 7 — forced to start due to the injury to Kendrick Perkins — that he still has some game, scoring 11 points of 5-11 shooting and grabbing 8 rebounds. In a game where everyone seemed tight, Wallace and Ron Artest of the Lakers were the two seemingly unaffected by the moment.

One little problem with this grand return (and not just that the Lakers and Celtics may not make the finals) — the Celtics already have 15 guys under contract. To bring in Wallace means to buy out someone else, like Von Wafer. And that’s just not likely to happen. But we’re not ruling anything out.

Kobe inspired Boston to go get Shaq… and stop pretending that feud is marketing


Thumbnail image for Shaq_Boston.jpgDid anybody really buy the whole “Shaq v. Kobe” feud was marketing. Oh, Shaquille O’Neal is smart enough to know how to make these things marketable, but like ancient myths the elaborate stories built up around some kernel of truth.

Then when Kobe got ring number five last June and was quick to say he was “one ahead of Shaq” you could feel how much he enjoyed that.

That comment also sparked the Celtics, according to the Boston Globe (as found by Trey Kerby at Ball Don’t Lie)

“The minute I heard Kobe [Bryant] say he had one more ring than Shaq, I said to Danny [Ainge], ‘Let’s go get Shaq,’ and it happened,” said [Celtics primary owner Wyc] Grousbeck. 

“This is a very, very proud bunch of guys, the champions from ’08. And now with Jermaine and Shaq and Delonte, who haven’t been champions with us, this could be a good group. We’ve got huge challenges but we reloaded this summer. We really want banner No. 18.”

How much the aging Shaq and his defensive freelancing really helps the Celtics remains to be seen. He (and Jermaine O’Neal) provides some dept and offense along the front line, if everyone can stay healthy and not regress too much.

Ron Artest isn't buying what Doc Rivers is selling


Thumbnail image for Artest_layup.jpgWe told you yesterday Doc Rivers said the Lakers “still have not beaten our starting five,” implying that if Kendrick Perkins had been healthy for Game 7 the outcome would have been different.

The Lakers were quiet on that. Phil Jackson probably didn’t notice, Kobe Bryant probably mentally filed that away in the “anger/motivation” file to pull out when he needs it. But no public comments.

Until Ron Artest answered the call on twitter.

Boston lost to lakers because of Kendrick Perkins injury. What about in 08 when Bynum was injured. What about this year Bynum was injured

What about Kobe played with a broke finger …. What about Ron artest defense When the Boston staff said Ron artest was too slow

Doc got one million excuses.. Just come back this season a take what you want…

The lakers with Bynum in the playoffs healthy has not lost The same way whoever whatever hasn’t Let’s not mention the stats on lock down

Ron Artest is right. The “what if” injury game is a rabbit hole if you go down it. What if Andrew Bogut had been healthy for the Bucks this season? What if Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming had stayed healthy in Houston? What if LeBron’s elbow had been fine against Boston… okay, bad example there. But you get the idea.

What did Yoda teach us? “Do, or do not. There is no try.” The Jedi master would say the same thing about injuries. And you don’t argue with Yoda.

Lakers and Celtics, from the new Lakers championship DVD


The new Lakers 2010 NBA Champions DVD is out this week — get your copy at the NBA store — and as always the production value is outstanding. Like this great synopsis of the Lakers and Celtics rivalry.

NBA finals Video: Kobe has one more than Shaq, and would like to tell you so

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There’s a surreality to the tone of championship teams. Even after five titles, Kobe still appears stunned that he’s reached the summit again. Phil Jackson, with 11 rings (one for the pinky toe?) still seems like the entire experience is odd. Oddly in the video below, it’s only Pau Gasol who seems nonplussed.

And of course, what Finals press conference would be complete without an athlete saying something completely out of place?

Kobe Bryant, fresh off a huge win over the Celtics in a game where he shot 6 of 24 from field with 4 turnovers (and 15 rebounds and huge free throws down the stretch), responded to a question in a way that only the divisive shooting guard can. Unprompted, when asked about what this one means to him, he replied “I just got one more than Shaq. So you can take that to the bank.”

The rift between those two has been carried out in such classy ways.

But hey, it’s Bryant’s time to shine, and if he wants to rub it in, that’s his prerogative. Watch for yourself: