The ‘Sheed factor: Wallace gives Boston Celtics NBA’s best starting line-up
Call them ‘The Fantastic Five’. Okay, this moniker is too Marvel Comics and doesn’t convey that the Boston Celtics have assembled their best starting unit since Danny Ainge, Larry Bird, Dennis Johnson, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parrish graced ‘The Garden’ back in 1984 …
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Their News: “Rasheed Wallace is joining the Boston Celtics, giving the Celtics one of the most important free agents on the marketplace as they attempt to return to the championship. The Boston Globe reported Wallace will sign for two years at the mid-level exception." ESPN.com
Our Very Quick Analysis: Call them ‘The Fantastic Five’.
Okay, this moniker is too Marvel Comics and doesn’t convey that the Boston Celtics have assembled their best starting unit since Danny Ainge, Larry Bird, Dennis Johnson, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parrish graced ‘The Garden’ back in 1985-86.
Nicknames aside, by signing Rasheed Wallace, the green-and-white has added a former All-Star to a first-five that includes Hall of Famers Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, and Paul Pierce. And there’s also up-and-coming point guard Rajon Rondo.
Like the Cavaliers, Lakers, and Spurs, the already strong Celtics got even stronger with today’s move.
‘Sheed secures the frontcourt. The post can fill-in as the first option down low if Garnett needs more time to rehab his knee. And when ‘The Big Ticket’ gets healthy, he can platoon with Kendrick Perkins. Bottom line, Wallace provides options to a forward line dealing with Leon Powe’s injury and the likely departure of restricted free agent Glen Davis.
His technical fouls and so-called attitude won’t be an issue, either. Over the years, Wallace has mellowed and isn’t the same player who once lassoed Lithuanian legend Arvydas Sabonis with a towel on national television.
If necessary, the Celtics will be able check their new addition. Veterans like Allen, Garnett, and Pierce possess the ‘Juice’ to reason with the North Carolina grad. And coach Doc Rivers easily meshed with Stephon Marbury, so Wallace won’t be a problem.
After a disappointing playoff, Boston is back. Only time will tell if ‘The Fantastic Five’ can capture championship glory like the 1985-86 Celtics.
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