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Friday, April 26th, 2013 at 3:35 pm  |  17 responses

Gerald Wallace Doesn’t Know His Role on the Brooklyn Nets


It’s been a rough last few months for Gerald Wallace. He lost confidence in his shooting, is struggling against the Chicago Bulls in the Playoffs, and now an increasingly frustrated Wallace says he doesn’t know what role to play for his squad. Per the Chicago Tribune and NY Daily News: “One day after a 79-76 Game 3 loss to the Bulls, Nets forward Gerald Wallace let off some steam regarding his importance to the team. ‘I couldn’t tell you my role,’ Wallace said Friday at the team hotel. ‘I don’t have a clue of what my role is on this team.’ At the start of the series, coach P.J. Carlesimo said the Nets wouldn’t win without Wallace. Then Thursday night, Wallace found himself on the bench in crunch time. He scored just five points in 25 minutes, which followed his two points in 19 minutes in a Game 2 loss. Wallace scored 14 points in the Nets’ 106-89 Game 1 win. Carlesimo downplayed Wallace’s stance. ‘I just think that we’re going through a tough time right now,’ Carlesimo said. ‘That’s what the playoffs are all about. We’re all frustrated. And we have to … I have to do a better job of constantly defining roles and redefining roles so we can perform the way we’re capable of performing.’ [...] Wallace is a slasher who is more comfortable in the open floor, and he said his struggles are related to Brooklyn’s inability to push the ball in transition against the Bulls. In the halfcourt game that has defined the last two games, Wallace has been asked to hit spot-up jumpers. He has missed most. ‘My shot just ain’t falling,’ he said. ‘Execution is poor offensively. They’re doing a good job defensively disrupting our rhythm. …Playing in a halfcourt set where they kind of load up. They’re pretty good defensively of pushing you to one side of the court. We haven’t been able to get in transition the past two games, and they’ve done a great job of keeping us from doing that.’”

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  • Anthony Dixon

    yea he definitely forgot how to play.. smh

  • spit hot fiyah

    at least they don’t have to pay him another 30 million. wait, what? give billy king that extension right away

  • melvo

    Damn, I miss old Gerald Wallace. The guy who just hustled, put his body on the line, and played with a lot of heart–that always used to be his role.

  • pposse

    Gerry…know your ROLE and shut your mouth!!

  • Max

    Play D and crash the boards?

  • K_HOLIDAY

    Rock voice??

  • pposse

    ofcourse i still watch clips of him on youtube sometimes

  • Caboose

    I think he got Monstarred, but why would they want his talent?

  • bill

    Let him know, PJ.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    When you’re making $9.7 million this season, your role is to produce on a borderline star level.

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  • http://twitter.com/_DFrance DFrance

    I was thinking the same thing. He hasn’t had a “role” his whole career and now he’s lost?

  • Matt

    The Nets haven’t been using him to his strengths. Instead, they are exposing his weaknesses. Wallace, while invaluable in convincing Deron Williams to sign with the Nets, does not fit in the team structure. They simply need a wing player who can shoot from 3 (anywhere from 3). Because of this need, the Nets have him spotting up, as mentioned in the article.

    They do run some action with Wallace cutting baseline to the basket (which is the smart thing to do), but this is often futile to the poor spacing the Nets generate. Defenses would much rather sag off of the Nets’ poor shooting wings (only Joe Johnson and Keith Bogans can shoot) and clog up the paint. This is compounded by the fact that Brook Lopez commands such great attention by defenses; smart ones will double Lopez w/ the helper coming off Wallace (and this is exactly what the smart teams do). Wallace simply cannot shoot very well. He never could and probably will not for the rest of these playoffs (which could very well end in the first round).

    Now, the Nets could try to put more shooters on the floor w/ Keith Bogans at the 2, Johnson at the 3, and Wallace at the 4. In fact, they have tried this in relatively limited minutes (about a 100 over the entire season to be exact). However, the results are discouraging. Wallace simply isn’t the same “Crash” anymore — the Nets rebound at an absolutely terrible rate with this lineup (DWill at the 1, Lopez at the 5, and the aforementioned players at their respective positions).. Data for this comes from: http://www.82games.com/1213/1213BKN2.HTM.

    In extended minutes, this lineup’s defensive rating will also inevitably fall because of the lack of rim protection and lack of overall elite perimeter defense.

  • Anthony Dixon

    good stats man…. he just has to get in the gym. Until the Nets get a new coach or philosophy, they have to stick with it. They should be running a lot more too.

  • http://basketball-performance.com/ Basketball Tips

    sadly he can’t.

  • Matt

    Yeah, and they have been running lately (just not in this series which I don’t get b/c the Bulls like to crash the glass). Deron Williams has been stellar in semi-transition and the Nets are definitely the most effective when they run.

  • Benji

    For the same reasons they’d want Shawn Bradley’s ”talent” I guess. And they wonder why they lost to Bugs Bunny and Peter Venkman.

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