Greatest Trail Blazers: #2 Williams Vs. #3 Wallace
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  1. DHawes22
    Posts: 6488

    Posted 08/31/2011 2:21 PM

    Who should advance?
    #2 Buck Williams (24)
    #3 Rasheed Wallace (12)

    #2 Buck Williams vs. #3 Rasheed Wallace

    No. 52 Buck Williams | Power Forward | 6-8 | 225 lbs

    Career Stats As A Trail Blazer: 30.8 mpg, 10.2 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 1.1 apg, 0.7 spg, 0.6 bpg, .550 FG%, .375 3PT%, .695 FT%

    One For The Books: Williams, Blazers Have The Last Laugh - By Wayne Thompson

    Thus began one of the most remarkable stretch drives in Blazers history -- a night in which veteran Buck Williams, the workhorse of the great Blazers teams of the early 1990s, celebrated his 36th birthday by refusing to let Portland's hopes die.

    Coming off the bench, Williams recorded season highs of 21 points and 11 rebounds in 30 minutes, connecting on 9 of 10 floor shots, as Portland rolled over the Kings, 117-105.

    "I'm very excited," said Williams about the Blazers' wire-to-wore winning performance. "If we can get this sort of output and enthusiasm from our team, a lot of good things can happen."

    With only his second double-double of the season, Williams played like a 24-year-old. The only shot he missed was an eight-foot hook shot in the second half, prompting him to say after the game, "I didn't want to have a perfect game."

    "I have to admit, thought, I was in the zone -- and it was the Twilight Zone, either," he added, as a reference to those who might have thought at age 36, he should be spending more time in a rocking chair, or joining the over-the-hill gang.

    But after looking at the statistics sheet, Strickland shouted out in the locker room for everyone to hear, "I think Buck should take a urine test. Get the cup." Teammates giggled at that, and to the casual observer, the Blazers locker room hadn't seemed this cheerful in over a month.
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    There was a reason the Trail Blazers took the proverbial "next step" as soon as Buck Williams arrived in Portland and it had more to do with his mentality, attitude and leadership than actual basketball skills. And that says a lot considering Buck is the all-time franchise leader in field goal percentage (.550), a rebounding machine -- amassing 4,861 total rebounds, fourth most in team history -- and arguably the best low-post defender at his position during his prime.

    Just as Wayne stated, Buck refused to let Portland's hopes die. It didn't matter what the stakes where, No. 52 was putting out maximum effort every time down the floor, doing everything in his power to lead the Trail Blazers to victory. And that's exactly what he did on that spring night in 1996. As Williams was putting the wraps on one of the finest careers Rip City had ever witnessed, he had one last magic act to perform in front of the Rose Garden faithful. His 21 points that night, a season-high. He only managed to grab double-digit rebounds eight times that season, but, as always, Buck found a way to pull down 11 -- just his fourth double-double that year. But most importantly, he set the tone off the bench which led the path for the others to follow. That performance, in that situation embodied Buck Williams' time in Portland which is exactly why the Schonz said he was "everybody's favorite."

    Schonely Speaks:
    "Everybody's favorite. Tough as nails and gentle as a giant. But he could flat out play."

    Photo Gallery: Buck Williams Through The Years

    No. 30 Rasheed Wallace | Power Forward | 6-10 | 230 lbs

    Career Stats As A Trail Blazer: 35.5 mpg, 16.8 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.09 apg, 1.0 spg, 1.3 bpg, .497 FG%, .335 3PT%, .712 FT%

    One For The Books: A Great Comeback Forces Game 7 - By Wayne Thompson

    Unfortunately for Portland, this was only the next to the last game of the series and while it stunningly forced a seventh game against the heavily favored Lakers, it became a mere footnote in Trail Blazer history.

    The Blazers routed the Lakers in Game Two by 29 points, 106-77, behind Rasheed Wallace's 29 points and 12 rebounds. The reversal stunned everybody who watched it.

    Wallace proved to be a difficult matchup for the Lakers throughout the series because an aging A.C. Green and an undersized Robert Horry couldn't contain him without double-team help.

    However, the Blazers shocked the handicappers again in Game 5, beating the over-confident Lakers at the Staples Center, 96-88, with Wallace and Scottie Pippen leading the assault with 22 points each.

    Following Dunleavy's game plan, the Blazers simply dominated the Lakers inside, outscoring Los Angeles 48-28 on shots in the paint. Laker centers and forwards (O'Neal, Glenn Rice, A.C. Green, Robert Horry, Rick Fox and John Salley) were just 15 from 38 from the floor and were limited to a meager 25 rebounds.

    That's how dominant the Blazers were on this day in the forgotten game -- the year the Blazers won the Next To Last One.
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    At times, Rasheed Wallace was the best power forward in the NBA. His array of post moves and unlimited range combined with freakish athleticism for man his size made him a matchup nightmare on a game-by-game basis. Imagine how Horace grant and A.C. Green felt having to defend this type of versatile player throughout a seven-game series? His mismatch on the other Laker forwards meant as much to the Trail Blazers as Shaq's advantage over Portland's front court meant to Los Angeles. On a team loaded with talent up and down the roster, it was Sheed who was called upon in the crunch when the Blazers needed a bucket.

    Unfortunately for Wallace and the rest of Rip city, he didn't quite embrace the role or pressure of being a "go-to-guy." Often times he would lose his cool, taking himself out of the game completely. Yet despite all of his drawbacks, Rasheed's name is still littered throughout the Trail Blazers' record books as he can be found 13 times on the Trail Blazers Top 10 statistical lists. While Wallace's career is mirrored with a bunch of "what if's" and "if only's", don't stray too far from his actual performance on the hardwood. As is, Rasheed Wallace is still one of the most dominant players the Trail Blazers have ever had. Need more proof? Try asking Grant and Green.

    Schonely Speaks:
    "Terrific player. Tough. Could score. Block shots. Always yappin'. Controversial."

    Photo Gallery: Rasheed Wallace Through The Years

    The polls will stay open for one week. The player with the most votes will move onto the next round. Who should advance in this matchup and why?

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  1. DHawes22
    Posts: 6488

    Posted 08/31/2011 3:06 PM

    I'm torn. Rasheed was my favorite player after Clyde left but he was also very frustrating to watch because he could have been so much more. On the other hand, I grew up with Buck and those Blazers. He did help bring Rip City back. So, do I go with the more talented player or the more instrumental one?
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  1. ClydeFrog
    Posts: 975

    Posted 08/31/2011 3:13 PM

    As I said prior to this round, this would be the most intriguing matchup. I do think Rasheed had more talent, but something has to be said about Buck's intangibles. Those have to be worth something. I don't know if we get past the Jazz in consecutive years without Buck making life a living hell for Karl Malone. Just the other week, Shawn Kemp said Buck Williams defended him the best in the post. 
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  1. BlazerBear
    Posts: 97

    Posted 08/31/2011 3:44 PM

    Rasheed gets a lot of bad pub, maybe deserving so(?), but he could flat out ball! I have never seen a better alley-oop dunker from a forward than he. There's no doubt in my mind we don't even sniff the WCF in back-to-back years without Wallace and his underrated defense.
    I am a fan of J.J. Hickson Making SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays On A Nightly Basis!
  1. blazerdarren77
    Posts: 216

    Posted 08/31/2011 5:02 PM

    If Sheed would've just kept his mouth shut and played with the heart of Buck and Brian Grant, then he would have advanced imo. Buck (along with Jerome) did the little things that made them contenders in the early 90's. Just wished Sabas joined them at the time.
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  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
    Tobyus Sanchezo
    Posts: 1669

    Posted 09/01/2011 2:07 PM

    Tough choice, I had to think about this. I chose Rasheed. Yes, I know his outlandish sense of humor and dimensional intensity was a bit too much for folks here at times. But that guy was our man. If you came into P-Town with that weak stuff, Sheed would simply say goodnight. He revitalized the Blazers in a similar fashion as when Brandon Roy first starting wailing on fools.
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  1. Bull Frog
    Bull Frog
    Posts: 95

    Posted 09/01/2011 11:36 PM

    It's funny. Opposite personalities. One lackluster at times. One Blue Collar. One super talented. One went to battle every night. If you could ever combine the demeanor of Buck Williams with a guy of Wallace's talent, something tells me you have a legend/hall of famer. I voted for Rasheed, but really wanted to give it to Buck.
    I am a fan of Never giving up. I will be a Blazer fan for all of my life. Rip City!
  1. Wallace3036
    Posts: 1

    Posted 09/02/2011 5:09 AM

    It's only one SHEED!
  1. ClydeFrog
    Posts: 975

    Posted 09/02/2011 11:05 AM

    Voted for Buck but I didn't expect him to be winning by this much. Rasheed's love/hate personality is obviously affecting him negatively in this bracket.
    I am a fan of Watching Elliot Williams Take Flight!
  1. BDawg
    Posts: 1593

    Posted 09/06/2011 11:12 AM

    Buck, without question.  Sheed, while extremely talented, was by most accounts an underachiever.  His demeanor both on and off the court are most definately hurting him here.  I will always remember Rasheed as one of several players to start the "why sweat, I get paid whether I work hard or not" philosophy which has now been adopted by a shameful majority...hurting the game in ways that cannot be measured.  "Both teams played hard"...but, did you?
    I am a fan of players that play with PASSION and PRIDE
  1. DHawes22
    Posts: 6488

    Posted 09/07/2011 9:43 AM

    What was thought to be the closest matchup turned into a easy W for Buck. He advances to the Elite 8, to face The Glide, 21-12.
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  1. Kassandra
    Posts: 466

    Posted 09/10/2011 6:51 PM

    i realize the vote has been determined, but i thought i'd check in and cast a vote for Williams. he was the missing piece whom, when added, enabled us to take the next step to the finals. Wallace was a great player, but i remember times when he really didn't seem to want to embrace the leadership role with the team which we needed him to do. had to go with Coach Bow-Tie here!

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