Stephen A. Smith, the ubiquitous but undeniably well-sourced reporter/personality, said he believes so, telling Dan Patrick on the latter's radio show this morning that Rasheed Wallace will come out of retirement to give the Celtics some front-line depth in the playoffs.
Smith said Wallace, a 15-year veteran who retired after averaging 9.0 points per game last season with the Celtics, told him the plan is to come out of retirement because he wants another shot at the Lakers in the NBA Finals. The Lakers defeated the Celtics in 7 games last year, with Wallace collecting 11 points and 8 rebounds while starting in place of the injured Kendrick Perkins.
Smith told Patrick that the Celtics' plan, should they meet the surging Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals, will be to challenge them with "brute size," adding Wallace to a frontcourt that already includes Kevin Garnett, Shaquille O'Neal, Jermaine O'Neal, and Glen Davis, with Perkins due to return from a knee injury relatively soon.
"The question from me from Day 1 [about the Heat is] can they beat the Boston Celtics?" Smith said.
It's worth noting that Smith has been correct when it comes to surprising NBA news recently.
He was the first to report that LeBron James and Chris Bosh would join Dwyane Wade with the Heat.
The main contributors to The Buzz are:
- Steve Silva, Boston.com senior sports producer
- Gary Dzen, Boston.com senior sports producer
- Zuri Berry, Boston.com sports producer