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The Boston Celtics’ Rasheed Wallace was hit with another fine this year, this time for $35,000 because of his comments about the officials following the Celtics’ 99-90 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Monday. This was the second time he was hit with a fine for criticizing the officials’ calls; his last fine was for $30,000. The fine was announced by NBA Executive VP of Basketball Operations Stu Jackson.
“[The officials] don’t like tough defense on [Dirk Nowitzki], so, of course, I get a whole lot of [expletive] calls,” Wallace said after Monday’s game in which foul trouble limited his minutes. “That’s how the story goes, I’m not worried about it. We’ll see them again.”
Now I know that $35,000 isn’t that much for Wallace or any NBA player, but for me? That’s a lot of money. For any working middle-class person, $35,000 is a good amount of money. Some people don’t make that amount in the entire year and the league goes around and throws these fines out like they are candy on Halloween night.
Wallace is a genuine person who does say some things that are out of line but I am sure he could find better things to do with that money. I can almost guarantee he has made several donations to different charities and that $35k could have easily been given to someone who needs it much more than the NBA.
In Monday’s game, the Celtics led by nine going into the third quarter but were out-scored 34-18 by the Mavs while Wallace sat on the bench because of foul trouble. He had four fouls at that point and finished with five.
“Actually, I honestly can’t remember which one the fourth foul was, there was so many bogus [calls], but I’m not worried about it,” Wallace said.
I’m sorry, but what he said was not worth $35,000. All he said was that the officials are soft on Dirk and there were some bogus calls, but like everyone else in the NBA knows, Wallace will always get those calls against him, just because of who he is. If there is ever a controversial call it will always go against Wallace and rarely against the other player, that’s just how its goes. It’s too bad that Wallace gets the short end of the stick in those regards because he is one tough, hard working player and his hard work is often called for a foul/technical.
I look for Wallace to continue to play tough and it wouldn’t surprise me if he is fined at least once more this season, and then again in the playoffs.