The Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly turning to a very unexpected source to help solve the team's woes and quell the dissension within the organization. According to A. Sherrod Blakley of CSNNE.com, Rasheed Wallace is coming out of retirement to bolster the Lakers' bench.
The 37-year-old forward-center has not played in an NBA game since losing Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals as a member of the Boston Celtics. That defeat came at the hands of the Lakers and took place in the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Shortly after the Celtics' come-from-ahead loss in Game 7, Wallace's agent felt his client was ready to walk away from the game.
“If I had to bet my money, I would say he’s done," Wallace's agent told the Boston Globe. “But he has not made a final decision yet. But he is leaning toward retiring."
In August 2010, the Celtics waived Wallace and wished him well in his retirement. Apparently, those wishes were premature.
In January 2012, with the current NBA season just a few weeks old, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported that Wallace was considering a return, citing a league source that classified him as "serious" about getting back in the game.
Blakely does not reveal his source, merely stating that "CSNNE.com has learned..." about the potential deal between the Lakers and the mercurial but versatile veteran. According to the Detroit Free Press, Blakely covered Wallace during his stint with the Pistons. Blakely is currently the "Celtics Insider" with Comcast Sportsnet New England.
The reaction on Twitter to a potential deal between Wallace and the Lakers has ranged from enthusiasm to SMH. What do you think?