Doc Rivers: Our Defense Should Never Take A Dip With Rasheed

July 13, 2009 – 11:15 am by Tas Melas

Rasheed Wallace in Celtic green definitely seems a bit odd, but it’ll likely feel pretty normal to his teammates and fans after only a few games.  Despite his on-again, off-again efforts, Sheed knows how to play the game extremely well, and when it’s played properly by several men who demand maximum effort, I think Wallace will generally be a happier man, resulting in better play.  Some call him one of the best bigs in the game, many more call him one of the best defensive big men playing basketball – but, can he bring it more often than he has the past couple years?  Much like Chauncey Billups in Denver, I believe we’ll all see a rejuvenated Wallace after leaving Detroit – the love for playing was just sapped from that roster.  With a healthy Kevin Garnett and the addition of Sheed, oh boy, the ‘Leastern Conference’ is long dead.  Doc Rivers joined WEEI in Boston with Dennis and Callahan to discuss dealing with Wallace’s emotions, what he thinks was the deciding factor in Sheed signing, and why Grant Hill stayed in Phoenix.

On Rasheed Wallace’s decision to sign with the Celtics:

“I really don’t know why.  I think the three guys going was huge.  I thought that was really a good showing by them, the fact that they were willing to do that.  I think Rasheed just looked at the team, where he would fit best and I really think he thought it was us and I think he’s right… Kevin was the longest (talking) as usual and Paul was the shortest.  Ray was in between.  That’s the way meetings go when they’re involved.”

On Sheed’s abilities:

“I think he’s one of the best communicators on the floor defensively and I think Kevin may be the other one.  I kept thinking if we put these two guys together, our defense never takes a dip during games and that’s important for us going into this year.”

On controlling Sheed’s emotions:

“Obviously many men have tried and they haven’t been very successful.  Larry Brown put it best when I was talking about should we go after him and he said, ‘You absolutely should go after him.’  He said he’s a great guy, he’s a great teammate.  He has a competitive problem.  He goes over.  He’s so competitive, he’s going to cross the line sometimes and you’re going to have to bring him back but that’s all you have to do.  It’s not like he stays that way for two days.  He does explode and hopefully we can get better with that.  Kevin too, me too, Perk too.  It will be an issue at times, I’m sure it will be, but I’m not that concerned by it.”

On signing Grant Hill (who just signed with Phoenix):

“I hope so, guys.  I think it will be very difficult to pry him away from Phoenix.  We’re going to try our best.  Grant is a loyal guy and he looks at Phoenix as a team that gave him a chance after all the injuries.  He obviously looks at us as a chance to win a championship and that is the reason he wants to come.  But, his loyalty to Steve Nash and Sarver, the owner there, it’s going to be very difficult to break that bond, but we’re trying.  We do have a great relationship but he’s not playing for me right now.  He’s playing for Phoenix and he does have that loyalty towards them.  We talk a lot and we’re talking to him later today but I just think that’s a tough one to break.”

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  1. One Response to “Doc Rivers: Our Defense Should Never Take A Dip With Rasheed”

  2. boston gonna be pretty good next season but they need solid backupz for ray,rondo,and pierce

    By steve on Jul 13, 2009

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