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Boston’s Rasheed Wallace on the first time he battled Shaq, Kobe in the playoffs

On April 30th, 1997, future Boston Celtics forward Rasheed Wallace, then a young player with the Portland Trail Blazers, faced off against the Los Angeles Lakers in a pivotal playoff game. This game marked the beginning of the intense Lakers-Blazers rivalry that would dominate the playoffs for the next three years.

Rasheed reflected on this memorable game on an episode of his Underdog NBA “That’s What Sheed Said” podcast, discussing the challenges of playing against a formidable Lakers team that included fellow future Boston alum Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, Nick Van Exel, and others. Despite being one of the younger players on his team, Wallace put up an impressive performance, showcasing his agility and skills against the dominant Shaq.

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To hear the story of that epic collision between two eventual Celtics alumni from Sheed himself, check out the clip embedded below.

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