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Guess what? Rasheed Wallace sometimes says funny things. From Chris McCosky of the Detroit News:

"I still don't think they (Cavaliers) beat us, we beat ourselves," Wallace said. "And I think we also fell victim to that personal NBA thing where they are trying to make it a world game and get (television) ratings. They wanted to put their darling in there (the NBA Finals) and they did, and look what ended up happening."

The league's darling, according to Wallace, was LeBron James, and what ended up happening were the worst ratings in the modern history of the NBA Finals.

"This game ain't basketball anymore, it's entertainment," Wallace said. "It's starting to get like the WWF. There ain't no real wrestling anymore either. It's all fake."

Read the article to see David Stern's response -- he wasn't happy, of course, but doesn't seem inclined to make a big deal out of things ("I think sometimes different players do different things to get themselves prepared for a season," he said). In any case, as much as some people have jumped on the "Rasheed thinks the NBA is fixed!" angle, don't forget that he started his little riff by claiming responsibility for the series loss. (Some will undoubtedly have a problem with that, complaining about how arrogant it sounds, but still, "arrogant" is always preferable to "paranoid," no?)