I started a post right after they acquired Sheed and declared the Pistons Eastern Conference champs.
I still wish that they had all been right and we would have been wrong. But it is a prime example of a player's willingness to reinvent himself in pursuit of a ring.
I dont think sheed has ever changed. He just got traded to a team of guys as obsessed with winning as he was.
There's a reason why sheed can say idiotic things during and between the games, and pick up technical fouls by the bushel, and every teammate he's ever had still swears by him. Rasheed has always been about winning, first second and third. He doesn't care if he scores 2 or 20. He just wants to win.
On a crappy team, that attitude makes him look lazy and disinterested. On a good team, it makes him the perfect glue guy. The one thing he has never, ever been, is a locker room destroyer.
Sheed had the perfect situation for him with the Pistons. Perfect teammates and coach. From what I understand most of his problems were not with his own team but it was with refs. (not to suggest he always got along with his teammtes and coaches, but he seemed to respect Larry Brown a lot).
I considered Sheed a better defender than Ben Wallace. (maybe I was partial because of the great job he always did on JO, when ben was not nearly as good defending JO) There have been some great defenswive power forwards over the years, but I think I would put KG and Sheed as the two best. Their combination of team and one-on-one skills IMO put them ahead of some other great defenders.
Ben was a DPOY shot blocker, but not DPOY individual defender. Really good, but not great.