Rasheed's rep on the line

Updated: May 21, 2004, 1:55 PM ET
By By Terry Brown | NBA Insider
Twelve points on 6-for-16 shooting do not a free-agent power forward make.

Not when that power forward is Rasheed Wallace and you're in the final year of a contract that makes you the third-highest paid player in the league at $17 million behind only Kevin Garnett and Shaquille O'Neal.

Your feet hurt, which usually happens when you're suffering from plantar fasciitis, every article with your name in it insists on mentioning all of those technical fouls and ejections (see, it happened again), and your new team of 34 games counting playoffs is about to start the Eastern Conference Finals against its former coach.

But Wallace isn't the only one in some sort of playoff predicament fraught with building pressure and unfulfilled expectations with just as much to lose as he stands to gain should he claim his first NBA ring.

He is, however, where we begin with our list of the four people with the most to prove as the NBA season comes down to the final four teams.