Stackhouse says ‘Sheed can still play the NBA game


Rasheed Wallace’s reported comeback to the NBA remains in limbo. He worked out for the Heat, that’s all we know about it.

The question isn’t if the Heat could use some help along the front line — they could, especially a “stretch five” who can shoot from three — the question is could ‘Sheed still provide that help? We last saw him in Game 7 of the 2010 finals for Boston, after a season where he battled injury, and he’s been out of the game for a year. Does he still have it?

Jerry Stackhouse, who played with Wallace at North Carolina, worked out and played in a summer league against Wallace this past summer and told Chris Tomasson at Fox Sports Florida that ‘Sheed can still bring it.

“Sheed can definitely still play,” Stackhouse said of Wallace, who averaged 9.0 points and 4.1 rebounds for the Celtics in 2009-10. “He loves to play still. He loves to compete. … He’d be an asset for any team. It probably will take him a little bit of time to get into game shape, but his knowledge and understanding of the game is probably as high as it has ever been.”

My guess is that ‘Sheed is a fallback for the Heat (and he may change his mind as well). The Lakers apparently took a look at him but no deal was done either. We’ll keep watching, because the NBA is just more interesting with ‘Sheed in it.