Might there have been another reason that Wallace sat to begin the game? Maybe, maybe not, but this note from Dana Garuder of the Oakland Press kind of leaves things open for interpretation.
Just when you thought all was well with Rasheed Wallace, he misses the bus to the team's shootaround in Memphis this morning. Supposedly, Wallace is feeling ill and stayed in his hotel room.
Coach Flip Saunders says he'll start Jason Maxiell in place of Wallace. The Grizzlies have two 7-footers starting -- Pau Gasol and ex-Piston Darko Milicic -- so Wallace's absence from the lineup could lead to a slow start.
Not to pick nits, but the word choice of "misses the bus" and "supposedly" suggests there might be more to the story, no? I suspect only a handful of people know for sure. I doubt it really matters either way, but it's interesting, nonetheless.
Chauncey Billups has his own explanation. From A. Sherrod Blakely:
"Darko-itis," said Billups, who was referring to ex-Piston and current Grizzlies center, Darko Milicic. "That's all it is, Darko-itis."