Former NBA firecracker fires off explosive accusations about Spurs' 2005 title

Former NBA champion levels harsh accusations surrounding San Antonio Spurs 2005 title.
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At this time, San Antonio Spurs fans should thank Rasheed Wallace for a chance to relive some glory days as he laces the internet with some absurdly accusatory revelations, via Sheed & Tyler on Underdog NBA, presented by Underdog Content Network.

Wallace was a member of the Detroit Pistons in 2005, when the Spurs beat them in seven games to secure their third title as an organization, 81-74. It was a rollercoaster of a battle between the two teams, with many of the games ending in blowout victories either way.

The stretch big man for the Pistons, commonly referred to as Sheed, was a multi-talented big man with strong defensive capabilities and a feathery stroke from the perimeter, accentuated by a high release. Despite an effective game on the court, Sheed was also notably known for his attitude. The North Carolina product is third all-time in technical fouls received in the NBA with 317, and it would appear he hasn't lost his touch.

"First of all, he was already (expletive) because we beat team HOF... the fix is in now." - Wallace on former commissioner David Stern

If you listened to the whole clip, you heard a bunch of nonsense about David Stern's alleged affinity for the Lakers. Sheed's claim that Stern, supposedly upset over their win against Los Angeles in the previous finals, rigged the 2005 championship to benefit San Antonio is about as laughable as it gets. It is an unreasonable, irresponsible claim that adds fuel to the conspiracy theorists out there who live to question everything, like whether the sky is blue or if the earth is flat.

He even goes as far as to believe that the league's decision to honor the many foreign players on the Spurs' roster with their countries' flags made it blatantly obvious based on no flags being flown for other teams' nonnative players in previous finals. This argument is immediately undercut when his co-host Tyler reveals San Antonio only had four American-born players on its entire roster.

Honoring a team with that much global diversity in one game of the NBA Finals is an indication of nothing but respect for the growth of a game the league was intentional with, in its expansion across the world. The insinuation that the move was nefarious is just silly for many reasons but here's two of them: one, how would flying those flags affect the outcome of the game? Two, if you wanted to rig something, you would likely want to avoid drawing attention to the act. If he wants to blame someone, he needs to look inward.

There is absolutely nothing rigged about bad defense. In game seven of the 2005 finals, Tim Duncan posted 25 points and 11 rebounds, while Manu Ginobili added 23 points on 61% shooting, going 2/2 from three. Perhaps not letting the Spurs shoot 64% from three as a team? The players on the court decided the game by making shots when it counted in a defensive game, and like he used to say, "ball don't lie."

Video clip courtesy of Sheed & Tyler | Underdog NBA presented by Underdog Content Network