Sheed: I got to be me
|04.16.10 at 4:52 pm ET|
WALTHAM – As the playoffs dawn, Rasheed Wallace finds himself in a familiar position: maligned.
He has been the subject of negative columns and painted as a divisive figure in the Celtics locker room, but Wallace is not backing down.
“I’m going to be me,” he said. “Half the people like me and half the people don’t. I’m not out here to please the fans or whatever, I’m here to win a title. Some of the fans are mad at me, some of the fans cheer for me, I can’t worry about that. I’m going to go out there and do what I’ve got to do.”
Statistically, Wallace had the worst season of his career. He shot just 28 percent from 3-point range and his rebounding totals left much to be desired. He acknowledged that when he was asked how he felt about his season.
“So-so, nothing to write home about,” he said. “But I’m not worried about it. It was a down season coming into a new offense, so I’m not worried about it. I’m not making no excuses on how I shot the ball. I know I had a bad year shooting, but it’s part of it.”
But that doesn’t mean he will change to appease his critics.
“I’ve been in this game too long to play my game depending on what the fans say,” he said. “When I first got to Portland they didn’t like me. When I first got to Detroit, they didn’t like me. When I first got here they didn’t like me. It’s nothing new. I can’t focus my game on what the fans think.”
Still, Wallace expressed confidence that he and the Celtics will be ready to play when the playoffs start Saturday night.
“I know how we’ll play,” Wallace said. “Bottom line. My confidence level is high. Our confidence level is real high right now. I know how we’ll come out here and play.”