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Doc Rivers: Rasheed Wallace “Thinking About Retiring”

Rasheed Wallace (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Subbing in at center for the injured Kendrick Perkins, Rasheed Wallace gave the Celtics a gallant effort in the tragic Game 7 loss to the Lakers. Wallace had 11 points and eight rebounds while fighting aches and cramps, before fouling out in the closing moments. No one knew it was possibly the closing moments of his career. Due to make $6.79 million next year, Rasheed will surely come back, right?

“I don’t know if Rasheed will ever play again,” Rivers told reporters after the game. “I think he is thinking about retiring, and I thought you could see that in his play. He was dying out there. When he got the cramps and the strains, he was just trying to figure out a way of staying on the floor.”

Kevin Garnett also isn’t too sure ‘Sheed will play again.

“Not a good one. ‘Sheed’s situation is very personal you know because I see a lot of myself in him and we have a lot of the same ties and a lot of same characteristics, both Class of ’95, old-heads if you want to call it that. For him to come in and give his thanks and his regards after a loss like this and a game like this was difficult. It was a difficult night.”

Rivers went on to finally concede that the Celtics may have been a bit too old to cross the finish line on Thursday night:

“You know, it’s the first time all year that you can actually say at the end of the day we were old at the end of the game because we didn’t have a enough bodies. I thought it hurt us.”

The Celtics face a lot of changes this offseason, with Ray Allen’s pending free agency, and the possible retirements of Doc Rivers and Rasheed, among other issues.

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  1. not to mention Pierce can opt out of his contract..

    Posted by wastepal | June 18, 2010, 11:11 am

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