Tuesday, July 17th, 2012 at 10:05 am  |  42 responses

Gerald Wallace Considers the Brooklyn Nets a ‘Top Five’ Team

There must be something in the Brooklyn water, because the Nets seem to think of themselves rather highly. Gerald Wallace is the latest player in BK to make a grandiose statement about his new squad. From the NY Post: “When Joe Johnson was officially introduced as a Net on Friday, he said they are already the top team in New York. When Gerald Wallace was given an opportunity to voice his opinion on the subject yesterday during a conference call to announce his re-signing with the team, he was much more diplomatic. ‘No comment,’ he said. Still, Wallace — the first of the many transactions the Nets completed over the last month when he agreed to a four-year, $40 million deal — is excited about the potential for their first season in Brooklyn. ‘I feel like we’ve pretty much put ourselves up there in the top five,’ Wallace said. ‘We haven’t proven anything … the teams that are ahead of us are teams that have already proven themselves, that have already been in the postseason. On paper … it doesn’t mean anything. We’ve just got to go out there and perform every night and make it happen.’”

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  • ALD

    the media is thirsssty lol… watch ppl be like , “we never heard a word from crash in his entire career. Now he wants to talk” I gurantee …

    If the nets play defense, they can be a 3rd seed at best.

  • greg

    they are in good shape in terms of the east, still wont beat miami, unless they get dwight then its over because they can just physically abuse chris bosh in the post

  • RunNGun

    They look good on paper… will have to wait when the season starts.

  • JIB

    Top 5 in salary, anyway. We’ll see how it plays out.

  • MeloMan15

    this team, this same exact team (minus Joe Johnson) finished last season 2 games under 500… a top 5 team in the league would have to be 20+ games over 500… You really think Joe Johnson is good enough to improve a team by 40 games? I think not

  • Your Friendly Neighborhood Dopeman

    No. Top 10-15 Players, Top 10-15 team.

  • vtrobot

    They’re definitely Top 5 in the Atlantic Division. Do JJ and Crash think that Dwight signed with NJ?

  • LA Huey

    I really think a healthy Deron Williams, a full-season of Gerald Wallace, and inspired team with a full training camp can be a top 5 team. I mean, who would you place above them for SURE? Miami, OKC, and maybe the Spurs?

  • LA Huey

    And maybe the Lakers

  • justin05

    LMAO is this serious? The Nets are in for a rude awakening when the season starts. I’ll tell you which teams will be better than them next year..Lakers, Clippers, Spurs, Thunder, Heat, Bulls, Knicks, Hawks, and a few other teams could give them problems such as the T’Wolves or Pacers. Not even a top 10 team…but to be honest…this is probably just to get ppl excited and in the arena..it’s all about the Benjamins folks.

  • http://none bogoyme

    One of the top teams if they all get healthy, let’s see how long Crash doesn’t crash eventually

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I don’t know about top-five, but a starting lineup for Lopez, Deron, JJ, Gerald Wallace and Hump, with Marshon Brooks, REggie Evans, C.J. Watson and the Teletovic person off the bench sounds good.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    That is easily on par or better than what the Bulls, Pacers, Bucks, Sixers, Hawks, and Magic are expected to put on the floor. Not in the same league as Miami, and not better than the Celtics. So in the East, on paper, they are top three right now based on potential. It remains to be seen what they do on the floor.

  • http://www.nba.com/knicks danfields

    its the nba. any team thats not in an extreme rebuilding process or the bobcats in general has a shot at the crown, theoretically. and any nba player who is not convinced of being good and able to win games shouldnt be out there anyway.

  • http://www.slamonline.com 19821982

    Joe Johnson: This is a championship team!
    Crash: We’re top five, Joe.
    Joe Johnson: We’re better than the Knicks!
    Crash: The Knicks weren’t top five last year, Joe.
    Joe Johnson: We’re better than the Hawks!
    Crash: Good one Joe.

  • http://www.slamonline.com nbk

    they are a top 5 team in the East. As of right now, they are basically the Eastern Conference Clippers.

  • http://www.slamonline.com nbk

    also, LOL @ 1982×2

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    Guess the Nets are the next Knicks. Dang, maybe Knick fans are the less rowdy bunch.

  • clydesays

    Maybe you could slot them in the top 6 of the East with Heat, Chicago, Celtics, Pacers, Knicks. The Magic, Hawks, Sixers could be worse, so the Nets have a shot at the playoffs at least…

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Why do people think Chicago will be good for a second straight year without Rose and now with Asik and CJ Watson and Korver and Ronnie Brewer.
    The Bulls are going to be hardpressed to be good people. They gutted their team on the slick because Rose’s injury basically makes this a lost year.
    Pacers lost Collison, and it remains to be seen how their core improves.
    Hawks are worse. Knicks could be better, but they still have two main guys that play zero defense.
    Celtics and Heat are the two teams that are definitely better. And the Celtics are somewhat shaky without Bradley starting the season healthy.

  • http://www.slamonline.com nbk

    Correction on the Knicks thing Allen. It’s 3 guys. Felton/Lin – Melo – Stat = No Defense.

  • LA Huey

    Allenp, shhh! The Bulls upcoming regression is flying under the radar. I want to see the reaction of Bulls fans when we’re 10 games into the season are forced to remove their Rose-colored glasses.

  • pposse

    maybe with D Rose gone and the loss of the Chicago bench, some of you ‘unbiased’ commenters on here can really see the worth of a player like the one and only D Rose.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    For a second straight year? um….He missed many games but not that many to where you’re able to exclude his contributions to last season.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    They basically missed him Slick Ric.
    He struggled with injuries all year and then ended his season early. He wasn’t there for most of the year.
    Now he’s coming back from knee injury which is a two year process. I don’t think the Bulls believe in their core, so this Rose injury might give them the excuse they need to start dumping contracts and trying to get a high draft pick. Don’t know how Rose would handle that though.
    I mean, they lost their entire bench except for Gibson and Butler. That was one of their main advantages.

  • pposse

    no as a bulls fan im pretty sure that we are going to suck this year, but the year after provided that a healthy PG will be available in Rose, i fully expect to get back to the playoffs and win a series if not more in 2014. By then all the doubters will have absolutely nothing to say, haters will talk, and players, well i see you – hey LAHuey, are u mad bro? Are u a lakers fan? Are u mad we stole this past christmas from you?? Dont be all sour about it player, you can celebrate Half Christmas you know, get over it fam.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    I agree with everything you said besides the part where you say he missed most of the season, something somewhat trivial but he still contributed to a lot last season. He played in about 60% of the games but I agree with the rest of your statement.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Cosign RunNgun @ 10:16……. They can talk all they want, but lets see what happens when they start playing some games…

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    I don’t understand what’s wrong with this statement. nobody besides OKC, the heat and the lakers is better than them right now. These guys are relatively strong at every position w/ a pretty decent bench a good system and a coach who’s won championships and coached teams to the finals. they’re GOOD. and you’re insane if you think a bulls team w/o D.rose and they’re bench or the freaking hawks is better smh

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    my bad i thought the title said top 5 in the east.. but even overall.. OKC,Heat, Lakers,Thunder,Memphis. maybe spurs… they’re close. lmao

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    i was tripping in general on that first post… but you get the point… i’ma go lie down now.

  • king

    i wouldn’t be surprised if they don’t even make the playoffs

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    Would it be wild to think the Bulls are gearing up for a chance to get Jabari Parker?

  • http://www.slamonline.com nbk

    If you mean they are gearing up to get the 1st or 2nd pick in a season Derrick Rose will be healthy then yes. Jabari is still in high school. he will not be in the draft until 2014.

  • pposse

    i think the bulls are gona make a final run at dwight howard, but that lame is hell bent on going to BK

  • LA Huey

    pposse. No, I’m not mad, bro. It wouldn’t be wise to take shots at me based on the assumption my alias was based on any ties to the city of Los Angeles. I hope you throw a wild party on the night of the NBA Draft Lottery though.

  • pposse

    We did throw a party in 08 after we swooped that one pick from miami

  • pposse

    D rock gon come back in february and gonna have an attitude like 85 mj and tell forman and reinsdorf an all management to suck it while he wills us into the playoffs, then drop 50 on the celtics and I’m gonna go on these slam posts and tell u guys I told u so…u heard it hear first let’s goo!

  • http://kb24.com x-DrEw_MaiN-x

    Sike! Top5team until playoffs that’s when the highest paid playoff goat comes out and Jojo shoots you out of a few games.

  • LA Huey

    pposse. I’m a fan of Rose. I like his game and his demeanor on the court and wish him the best. I hate to see any player slowed or stopped by injury. Reality is that if Rose is able to return to form, it won’t be until the 2013-2014 season.

  • Buyout

    Do they even have a bench yet?

  • http://juan.garcia@computershare.com PutUrMomma2Wrk

    Wow! That medical grade ish is running rampid.