Rasheed Wallace Ejected from Knicks Game in Just 85 Seconds

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IDecember 2, 2012

It didn't take long at all for New York Knicks power forward Rasheed Wallace to be ejected from Sunday's showdown with the Phoenix Suns inside Madison Square Garden. 

This from SportsCenter via Twitter:

Rasheed Wallace was ejected after being on the court for just 1:25. Via @jadande, Wallace said "Ball don't lie!" on way out.

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 2, 2012

Wallace was given two quick technical fouls in the first quarter, first for arguing with the officials following a foul on Luis Scola, and then a second for shouting, "Ball don't lie!" after a Goran Dragic free throw.

Wallace was ejected in just 85 seconds on the court. 

ESPNNewYork.com's Ian Begley offered up this interesting thought on Wallace's ejection: "Maybe Rasheed Wallace just wanted to watch football today."

Sure, Knicks fans have got to be excited to see Wallace so passionate and competitive this early in the regular season, but getting ejected in the first quarter with your team leading by 10 points? 

That's going overboard.

The 38-year-old Wallace hasn't played all that well so far this season, so perhaps his frustration with himself led to his ridiculous exit on Sunday. Wallace is averaging 7.7 points and 4.4 rebounds per game for the Knicks off the bench this season, but is shooting just 39.8 percent from the field and a measly 31.4 percent from beyond the arc.

After Sunday's meltdown, Wallace has four technical fouls on the season, according to Begley, putting him just one behind league leaders Carmelo Anthony and DeMarcus Cousins.  

It seems that Wallace's time away from basketball hasn't helped his temper or improved his patience with the officials. I guess some things never change. 


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