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Sources Say: Sheed has to get creative

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This was Rasheed Wallace's reaction to the NBA's new zero-tolerance rule on complaining to officials this season: 'It's just another 'Sheed Wallace rule. It just means I must be doing something right. Anytime they change the rules for one specific player, you must be doing something right.'

The crime of it is, now Wallace probably won't be as willing to go at the referees 'with logic' as he says he did so often in the past.

But it may give the Detroit Pistons' forward a chance to better the single-season record of 41 technical fouls he set in a Portland uniform in 2000-01.

Wallace led the league in technicals last season, but with officials letting more go, he received only 16 (which cost him $25,000 in league fines).

Celt coach likes what he sees

The Boston Celtics weren't really expecting to see much in Luke Jackson when they acquired him Friday by sending center Dwayne Jones to Cleveland.

In fact, the Celts were basically planning to give Jackson a three-week trial, perhaps cutting him after the exhibition season, when they trim their roster to the 15-man limit. But the oft-injured guard-forward from the University of Oregon got off to a good start in Beantown.

'He looked great,' said a surprised Boston coach Doc Rivers. 'I mean, he looked phenomenal, actually. I'm surprised how well he moved with the ball. In the halfcourt stuff he was phenomenal. And he can shoot. It was good to see.'

The Celtics used the trade exception from their draft-day deal with Portland to fit in Jackson's $2.1 million salary. And Cleveland agreed to pay more than three-quarters of it.

With the Cavs and LeBron James and Larry Hughes, Jackson was an afterthought, even when healthy.

'He's from Eugene, so how bad can he be?' reasoned Celtic General Manager Danny Ainge, a former North Eugene High star.

But Boston has Paul Pierce and Wally Szczerbiak, hardly stiffs, so Jackson's future in Celtic green, alongside new point guard Sebastian Telfair, isn't guaranteed.

Grass may be no greener in Fresno

Maybe it's time for Beaver nonbelievers in coach Mike Riley to cross Fresno State's Pat Hill off their wish list of coaches who could succeed Riley.

Hill's Fresno State Bulldogs dropped to 1-5 on Saturday with an embarrassing 68-37 loss at home to the run-and-shoot Hawaii Warriors of coach June Jones, the former Grant High and Portland State star.

Of course, the Beavers have to finish their regular season at Hawaii on Dec. 2.

Ex-General alien touches down in Oahu

We like the way Hawaii celebrated the start of basketball practice, by the way. The men's and women's teams came in costumes -such as Dracula and Frankenstein - for the Twilight Ohana 2006 Freaky Friday the 13th.

Veteran men's coach Riley Wallace popped out of a coffin to show people that he's not dead yet, and sophomore guard Dominic Waters from Grant High dressed as an alien.

Waters needs to perk up his long-range shooting, though. He lost the evening's annual battle of the sexes 3-point contest to senior Dalia Solia 9-8.

- Tribune staff