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Wallace looks back on Pistons Pacers Brawl

11.18.09 at 11:54 pm ET
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Thursday marks five years since the Pacers – Pistons brawl at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Rasheed Wallace, a member of the Pistons at the time, was surprised it has been that long.

“No, no I don’t even think about it unless somebody brings it up,” he told WEEI.com.

So what does he think when someone does bring it up?

“That was a funny little event there, if you ask me,” he said.

The fight began with less than a minute to go in the fourth quarter. It started with a Ron Artest foul against Ben Wallace and spiraled out of control … and into the stands. Punches and drinks were thrown, among other things, by both players and fans. A total of nine players were suspended for nearly 150 games.

In spite of the penalties, Wallace, who was not suspended, doesn’t think there have been many lessons learned from the fight.

“No, not really,” he said. “There’s fights that still go on. They just try to break it up. But see, once it’s a real melee they talk all the refs tried to break it up but no, they [are] ghosts. The refs are in the back. So it’s all on the players to break it up.”

Wallace may not think about the fight that often, but to many NBA fans, “The Malice at the Palace” still stands out to them.

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