What do Rasheed Wallace and Mike Bibby have in common?
Well, aside from getting traded to mediocre squads in the month of February (The Portland Trailblazers sent Wallace to the Atlanta Hawks in 2004 who then traded him to the Detroit Pistons), both players also carry the distinction of suiting up for their stopover clubs at least once.
In the only game he played for the Hawks, Rasheed Wallace was impressive. He finished with 20 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, and 5 blocks in a loss to the New Jersey Nets before being shipped to the eventual NBA Champions Detroit Pistons.
On the other hand, Mike Bibby was not so impressive. In the two games that he did play for the Wizards, Bibby finished with averages of 1 point, 1.5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 0.5 steals.
The price of freedom
When I heard the news that Mike Bibby gave up his guaranteed 2011’-2012’ salary (amounting to $6.2 million) in order to secure his buyout from the Washington Wizards. I said to myself, “is this guy nuts?”
My shock then translated to this tweet:
My thoughts on the Bibby/Wizards buyout: “I know for a fact that money doesn’t grow on trees…unless of course, you are Mike Bibby.”
Kidding aside. Mike, I sure hope that you know what you’re doing.