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Rasheed Wallace and Flip Saunders’ strained relationship

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go read the whole thing yourself, it's definitely worth it, especially his take on Rasheed's reaction to being benched.

OK, you're back? Good. Rosenberg is correct in noting that Rasheed has been doing the whole "hanging out at the scorers table during timeouts" thing for a while -- if I remember, one of the TV crews made something of it during the playoffs last year. But that doesn't really make it right, especially when Rasheed's shoddy play is one of the biggest reasons the team is struggling of late.

But unfortunately, Rasheed has such a strong personality that Flip probably feels like he needs to walk on eggshells around him -- I hate to bring it up, but you don't want Rasheed to slip into the "CTC"Rasheed Wallace, 2003: "I don't give a [bleep] about no trade rumors. As long as somebody CTC at the end of the day, I'm with them. For all you that don't know, CTC means 'cuts the check.' I just go out there and play. So long as somebody CTC." shell that he backed himself into in Portland. There's no indication that it's actually gotten that far, but there's also no reason to think it's not a possibility.

Update: For what it's worth, Rob Parker has a completely different take on the situation, though it seem he spent a lot less time actually watching Wallace and Saunders interact and more time taking Wallace's statements at face value. (Also, there's no way of knowing if Parker was even at the game, considering all of his quotes read like the AP article -- only less in-depth.)

Of course, Parker is the same guy who penned a column talking about how swimmingly the team was doing under Flip Saunders on the same day that Saunders came out after Monday's practice chewing out his team -- I'm not trying to say he mailed it in... OK, that's exactly what I'm saying.