Gerald Wallace is an intense guy, and it shows with his play on the court. Wallace, also known as “Crash” is never a player who will have his effort questioned on the court. Numerous times last season, Wallace would call out his then Nets teammates, and show clear frustration when losing, and it seems this attitude has followed him to Boston. The Celtics are in a rebuilding stage, and losing is going to be an occupational hazard. Wallace has already been warned by the Celtic coaches not to criticize his teammates.
After the Celtics blew a 22-point lead last night against the Milwaukee Bucks, it seemed like Crash couldn’t help himself. Here is what Wallace had to say following the loss:
“We got selfish as a team. Instead of worrying about winning the ballgame, we were more worried about our stats, getting points. It showed. We went from a team that was together and moving and playing together in the first half to a team that was five individuals out on the court, everybody playing for themselves, and it showed on the defensive end.”
“I’m trying to figure out what’s more important, winning or padding your stats, because this was a game that we were supposed to win easy without even the starters playing in the fourth quarter. Instead, we got selfish as a team. We didn’t move the ball, we let the ball stick, we stopped pushing the ball, and their second unit came in and manhandled us and did whatever they wanted to do.”
Last season, Wallace’s criticism of the Nets fell on deaf ears, probably given his own personal struggles on the court. However, just because it may not be the kind thing to say, doesn’t make it wrong. Rather than the content of his message, I think the problem is Wallace talking to the media about it. There is a way to hold people accountable, and putting them on blast to the public probably isn’t it. I will always have a soft spot for Crash, because in a league where guys don’t put their full effort out on the court night-in and night-out, he is the exception. That being said, losing is not going to be foreign to the Celtics, so Wallace either needs to calm down, or find a way out of town.
By: Frank Santos- Sports-Kings Co-Founder