Monday, March 7th, 2011 at 9:30 am  |  13 responses

Gerald Wallace Feels ‘Betrayed’ By the Bobcats

Gerald Wallace may now be playing for a better basketball team, but he’s still hurt by the way he was jettisoned from Charlotte. The Observer reports: “Basically, you feel betrayed by somebody you love,’ Wallace said. ‘I totally didn’t see it coming. I’d been there seven long years and then you feel like you’re not wanted anymore. That’s a bad situation to be in, especially for me, who committed so much to the organization. I understand the situation – it’s a business and they’re looking to start all over. They wanted cap room, and I guess I was the logical answer for them trying to get draft picks.’ Wallace is coming off the bench for the Blazers, who have been using him at least as much at power forward as small forward. Wallace said he’s OK with not starting, for now, while he learns coach Nate McMillan’s system, but expects to get into the starting lineup eventually. ‘I told them, I worked so hard to be a starter in this league that I’m looking forward to (getting back to) that,’ Wallace said. ‘At the same time, I know this is an adjustment period and I have to learn all of the plays. I have confidence in myself that once I get the plays down, I’ll be starting.’”

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  • Orange

    i like the way he thinks. was excited to see what happened after the year they got to the playoffs. he was one of the reasons i was excited about the bobcats.

  • Jer dawg

    He’s absolutely got the right mindset. Plus that sizable contract he has says he should start. Very solid and gives his best. Nobody wanted to touch Steven Jackson anyway. Let him stay bored in a small market town so he doesn’t wreck havoc on the town.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    The Blazers were so lucky to get G.Wall for peanuts. I wish the Raptors made a run at him!

  • RunNGun

    Wallace is too injury prone. He should have gone to the Knicks instead. Now he’ll be fighting for scraps to be the 8th seed in the Western Conference when he could have been throwing it down with Melo and Stat. It’s still not too late… make it happen, Walsh.

  • ClydeSays

    I’m sure it s#ucks to get traded, but the ‘Cats shopped Wallace every season and trade deadline for as long as he’s been there. He’s playing on a better team with fans that show up for games, so he should be thrilled, whatever his role ends up being…

  • riggs

    lol @ runNgun, are you going to do that every time?

  • MikeC.

    @riggs – I think so. The Knicks need every NBA player on their roster. Make it happen, Walsh.

  • MikeC.

    @Clyde – I also remember the Bobcats saying that Wallace and Jackson were on the trading block this year, and Wallace has been available in the right trade for awhile now. I don’t know how this was a shock for him. I knew it was coming and I’m not even Gerald Wallace.

  • sal

    jordan sucks as a general manager and owner.

  • Nigel

    Best player in Bobcats history.

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    The Bobcats got cap space, two first round picks, and Dante Cunningham. We didnt need Cunningham but he is a good young player, and Jordan has been quasi-rebuilding ever since he decided to let Felton walk this summer. He wanted value and if you watched Gerald play this year, you would know that there isnt much time left to still have him considered someone with high stock. He had to play way too much for Larry and Paul Silas these past two years, and hopefully now that he is on the Blazers he will be able to rest and regain form. I dont blame him for feeling betrayed because he really has given Charlotte his all and they just traded him away for prospects of the future.

  • http://nicolehyslop.wordpress.com Nicole

    The NBA midseason trading deadline needs to be changed. Trades are happening so late in the season that it is impossible for players to feel completely connected to their teams when job security is always on the line. It also makes it difficult for fans to feel affection towards their team’s star players. After this year, with blockbuster trades like Melo, Kendrick Perkins and Williams, some changes need to be made to the rules.

  • http://slamonline.com mars

    shoulda went to the knicks.