NEW YORK — The less Rasheed Wallace’s silly soliloquy is scrutinized, the less exposure his fraudulence is afforded. To so much as deny his drivel, fine him for such tasteless thoughtlessness, much less waste a subdivision of space to refute such uneducated gibberish, is to dignify it.
They don’t call Rasheed Weed “dope” for nothing.
The good news is, there’s still plenty of time left on Rasheed Weed’s Cuckoo Clock and there will always be an empty nest available for him in “Stupidity Rehab.”
The bad news is, I couldn’t attend the Jail Blazer’s win over the Lakers this week to join Portland’s sellout crowd and Kobe Bryant in booing Rasheed Weed each time he breathes.
In a show of solidarity, Nike’s factory workers had planned to wear arm bands with Rasheed Weed’s name on it, and speak on his behalf, but Michael Jordan refused to authorize a lunch break.
You realize, of course, what this confirms: freedom of speech is not all it’s cracked up to be.
This just in: The league’s Board of Governors voted to give David Stern a big raise.
If Knicks guard Charlie Ward isn’t traded soon, he’ll have earned a large percentage of his $6 million salary and the $2 million buyout will become moot . . . Congratulations to the Nets for barely proving their superiority over 3-20 Orlando — without Tracy McGrady down the stretch — before getting mangled in Memphis by 47, which shattered their four-game undefeated string into smithereens.
By snapping the Grizzlies six-game win streak (all without Jason Williams — out with back spasms — don’t be surprised to see him traded in view of Earl Watson’s and Mike Miller’s playmaking effectiveness), the Heat moved into a virtual tie with Knicks. Obviously, Pat Riley left Stan Van Gundy with way too much talent. I smell a comeback . . . At least Andy Pettitte completed his contractual obligation before absconding to Houston. That’s more than can be said for Jeff Van Gundy.
Rafer Alston’s increased daylight (11 points, team-high seven assists, two turnovers) is in direct proportion to Miami’s improvement. Against Memphis, Alston played 35 minutes. “He’ s being exploited,” Rasheed Weed declared.
Yao Ming on the efforts by Van Gundy to motivate him: “He’s keeping the fire at my back the whole time, and I’ve got one glass of water. You have to understand, I’ve got one glass of water and he’s got a whole lot of fire.”
By winning five straight, Jim O’Brien is ruining (temporarily, at least) Danny Ainge’s plot to commandeer the Celtics coaching job . . . So, Ainge is telling us, team doctors were aware of Raef LaFrentz’s knee trouble before accepting the Mavericks’ damaged goods for Antoine Walker and still decided to assume the $58 million burden? “It’s a short-term problem, not a long- term issue,” Ainge attested prior to LaFrentz’s surgery.
There’s only one thing wrong with the Pistons (losers of four in a row), testifies a club official. “The players are confused. They don’t know what Larry Brown wants from them.” This is why Allen Iverson showed up late for practice, or didn’t practice at all, I assume; to minimize the confusion.
Team sources say Brown laments discarding Cliff Robinson, Jon Barry and Michael Curry, which greatly thinned out his bench. Bob Sura isn’t getting it done, Elden Campbell regularly plays like a lump on a log, Lindsey Hunter had next to nothing left when dumped years ago, and often-injured Chucky Atkins’ offense perfectly complimented Barry’s passing.
Stephen Jackson’s toughness is undeniable. Reputedly, they don’t grow much tougher. Still, he probably doesn’t realize how lucky he was that Hawks assistant coach Larry Smith somehow restrained himself from going after him when Jackson went off last week on the coaching staff after a loss to the Cavaliers.
As a macho forward with the Warriors and Rockets, none of the league’s certified bad asses messed with the original “Mr. Mean” no matter how disturbed or disorderly they got.
In other words, Jackson got off easy with a one-game suspension. I just hope he doesn’t think his outburst qualified him to become a Jail Blazer.
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