Deron Williams told Gerald Wallace he needs to stop worrying and just go play
It is no secret that Brooklyn Nets’ swing man, Gerald Wallace is struggling this season. Wallace statistically is having his worse season since he was a young pup playing for the Sacramento Kings in the early 2000s. As you can imagine, this is the last thing the Brooklyn Nets want to see after signing Wallace to a four-year, $40 million deal to stay with the Nets this past summer.
Heading into the playoffs for the first time since the 2006-2007 season, the Nets are on the verge of securing the fourth seed and home court advantage for the first-round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. So this is certainly not something that the Nets management and fans want to hear less than two weeks away from playing the cities first playoff matchup of its existence.
Via New York Post:
“My confidence is totally gone,” Wallace told The Post Saturday. “I’m just at the point now … I’m in a situation where I feel like if I miss, I’m going to get pulled out of the game, you know what I’m saying? So my whole concept is just that you can’t come out of the game if you’re not missing shots.
“I think I lost the confidence of the coaching staff and my teammates. So my main thing is those guys can score, so instead of thinking about it so much, just trying to focus on defense, try to move the ball and get those guys shots.”
“I’ve been working and I’ve been shooting, but it’s hard,” Wallace said. “Regardless of how much work I’m doing on my shot, the fact of the matter is it is what it is.
“I’ve been in the league 12 years. Am I mad about not being out on the court? Am I mad about not making shots? Yeah. But my main thing is I’m trying to stay on the court. I know I can play defense, make plays for the other guys and try to do some things to help me stay on the court.”
Deron Williams, who had some struggling issues of his own earlier this season chimed in with his thoughts regarding Gerald Wallace and his lack of confidence.
“He needs to stop talking about it, just like I had to stop talking about my injuries and my shooting with you guys,” Deron Williams said after practice on Monday at PNY Center. “It just weighs on you. You come in every day and you gotta hear about why you’re missing shots, it’s gonna start creeping in your head. That’s why I don’t talk about my injuries and I don’t like to talk about shooting with you guys and that’s why I feel like he shouldn’t either.”
Then Nets better figure this situation out quickly. The playoffs are right around the corner and it is looking like a potential matchup with the physical Chicago Bulls. SNYNets.com’s Josh Newman seems convinced that the Brooklyn Nets are going to have an early first-round exit from the playoffs if they meet the Chicago Bulls in the first-round.