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Rasheed Wallace Retires...

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By J.A. Adande

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Boston Celtics forward Rasheed Wallace will retire this summer, an NBA source said on Thursday.

Wallace will walk away from the final two years and $13 million remaining on his contract and conclude a 15-year career that peaked with an NBA championship with the Detroit Pistons in 2004.

Wallace, 35, scored 15,860 points and grabbed 7,321 rebounds while playing with the Celtics, Pistons, Portland Trail Blazers, Atlanta Hawks and Washington Bullets (as they were known at the time). He had indicated to the Celtics that he was feeling too worn down to continue playing after this season.

"Rasheed told me the night before [Game 7], 'I'm going to give you everything I've got. I really believe this is my last game that I'm going to play,'" Celtics Coach Doc Rivers told Boston radio station WEEI recently.

Rather appropriately, after an always-contentious relationship with the league's officials, Wallace's final act in an NBA uniform was to make contact with referees. He never bothered to change after the Celtics lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 7 of the NBA Finals and stood outside the officials' dressing room in Staples Center demanding to meet with them, before finally being encouraged to leave and board the Celtics' team bus.

It wasn't clear if he wanted to say goodbye, knowing he was retiring as the all-time leader in technical fouls, or if he wanted to dispute calls made in the game.

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His attitude got him in trouble a lot of times, and he was quick to pick up a tech, but Im going to miss seeing him out there on the court. So long to one of my fav players growing up

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I will miss Sheed, I liked his game.

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He was an overrated asshole that won't be missed.

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sheed was awesome. mostly because he is from philly and wore that flyers hat in boston when the bruins collapsed this past season.

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he and stackhouse combined are the primary reason I hate UNC.

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Am definitely gonna miss Sheed. Have been watching him play ball since UNC days.

Loved his passion for the game. "The ball don't lie."

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Love or hate him, he added excitement to the game and was a good player to boot. Honestly, Garnett and some others whine as much nowadays.

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