The NBA’s media office had podiums and microphones set up Saturday in the four corners of the SBC Center court.
When it was Detroit’s mandatory turn to talk with reporters, Billups went to one corner, Tayshaun Prince to another and Antonio McDyess to a third. The fourth podium was for Rasheed Wallace.
But like often occurred in Game 1, Wallace (six points, all in the first quarter) didn’t make it to his spot on the floor.
Oh, he got close. He sat in a chair a few feet away from a large group of journalists waiting for him and played a handheld Sony PSP video game.
He did speak to a Boston radio reporter who was apparently an old friend, but everyone else was completely ignored.
“They’re just going to ask the same (expletive) questions they ask all the time,” Wallace was overheard saying to his pal. “I been answering those questions all season.”
After about 20 minutes, Wallace got up and walked back toward the Detroit locker room. A league media crew then unhooked the microphone and carted off the podium and blue backdrop with the NBA logo.
Neither Billups, Prince nor McDyess followed Wallace’s example — they each remained in their corner and fielded questions that they too had likely been answering all season.
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