Wallace: Flopping watering down NBA
BOSTON -- The way Rasheed Wallace sees it, his latest technical foul call was a flop.
Let the Golden Child [LeBron James] do that, or one of the NBA Without Border kids do that, it's all fine and dandy.” -- Celtics forward Rasheed Wallace on flopping in the NBA
"They've got to know that he's a [darn] flopper. That's all Turkododo do," Wallace said after the Celtics beat the Raptors 116-103. "Flopping shouldn't get you nowhere. He acts like I shot him.
"That's not basketball, man. That's not defense. That's garbage, what it is. I'm glad I don't have too much of it left."
Commissioner David Stern has complained about flopping because it's a way to fool the officials, but the league has been unable to find a way to punish or prevent it.
Wallace is the NBA's career leader with 296 technicals and 29 ejections, according to STATS LLC. But he said some of it is because of his reputation and lack of status in the league.
"Let the Golden Child [LeBron James] do that, or one of the NBA Without Border kids do that, it's all fine and dandy," he said.
"This game is watered down, watered down with all that flopping. They're setting rules on us to the point where you're taunting if you dunk on somebody. Paul dunked it and then he didn't say nothing, but it's a tech."
Pierce was called for a technical after he dunked on Chris Bosh and sent him to the floor. Pierce hovered over Bosh as he remained on the ground, apparently injured.
Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press
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