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Thursday, November 7th, 2013 at 11:30 am  |  24 responses

Gerald Wallace Unsure About New Bench Role in Boston


Celtics forward Gerald Wallace has been quite outspoken since his arrival in Beantown. Despite pleas from the coaching staff to pipe down, Wallace continues to voice his displeasure with the struggling Celtics. The veteran is perplexed (read: frustrated) about his demotion to the bench. Per the Boston Herald and Globe: “It’s hard,’ Wallace said. ‘It’s like starting from scratch zero with this team and trying to figure out what direction they’re headed in and what pieces they’re going to put together. For me, I’ve already been through that situation. I was on an expansion team in Charlotte. I’ve established myself. To have to start all over on a team that’s starting from scratch is very difficult.’ For a guy in his 13th season, the fit seems difficult at best. Wallace, who arrived from the Nets in the offseason blockbuster trade that sent Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to Brooklyn, is still a good player and would probably be more in place as a complementary piece of a team looking to win now. And one could wonder what his long-term value is on a club building for the future. In light of this, it’s not surprising to learn that the Celts have tried to discuss Wallace in trades, though with $10.1 million coming his way this season and the next two, the options are limited in this regard. ‘My thing about that is I don’t ask for trades,’ Wallace said. ‘I don’t like to be traded. You know, once I get a place where I’m comfortable, I just want to know what’s expected of me and what my role is. For a guy that goes out and puts 110 percent of himself into it, you’re giving your all and you just want to know that. This is nothing against coach Brad (Stevens). Everyone has to figure out how we need to play with each other and how we can play together defensively and offensively to get the best out of each other. The thing is, the season starts so fast. It’s more like learning on the job. It’s not like college where you have that time to get to work as a team and grow and understand and see your players. In fairness to coach Stevens, he’s having to watch during the season to figure out his rotations and what guys like to do and how they play. I mean, that’s tough because these games actually count.’ [...] Wallace said he isn’t accustomed to coming off the bench. ‘I don’t know. This is the first time for me. I never came off the bench, other than about three years in Sacramento, where they were garbage minutes,’ he said. ‘I’ve always been a starter. I worked my tail off in the league to become a starter. It’s something that’s new to me. I approach the role the same way I did as a starter, and see what I can do from there.’”

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  • LLC#12

    This guy is the most disgruntled NBA player of all time. With good reason though.

  • shockexchange

    Yeah, and the Shock Exchange is “unsure” why Jayne Kennedy won’t return his phone calls.

  • DannyAingesBarber

    The reality is that Gerald Wallace just isn’t that good.

  • Jay Cutler

    How we already forgotten about the summer of Kobe?

    This doesn’t even rank in the top 20. He just wants a chance to play given the dues he’s put in. That’s what every NBA player thinks and what they *should* think.

  • Jay Cutler

    Maybe not worth his salary. But I can understand an NBA player not wanting to spend his last productive years glued to a losing team’s bench.

  • robb

    what happened to this guy? he almost never complained but now look at him.

  • Dfrance

    Something tells me if Brad Stevens wasn’t the coach, Wallace wouldn’t be carrying on like this. Show the guy a little respect.

    He obviously wants out, so why not man up and talk to management, instead of trying to wear out his welcome through the media.

  • Cortez Mack

    Not period. This behavior is tame.

  • fruizm

    Just trade the poor guy already!!

  • Cortez Mack

    Bingo.

  • Wings23

    Know your role you no name jabroni

  • spit hot fiyah

    yeah sure, anyone wants to take on 30 million for the next 3 years for someone who has a fork sticking out of this back?

  • Wings23

    What does the Rock say?

  • spit hot fiyah

    waaaaaaay too many gerald wallace articles lately

  • shockexchange

    “Breaking: Gerald Wallace suspended indefinitely for ‘conduct detrimental to the team’” —-> SE can see the future.

  • bike

    What we now need is at least 6 posts of Brad Stevens replies to the media about Crash’s role on the team.

  • north

    Learn from Rashard Lewis right? Dude got paid more than he was worth too but he kept it shut knowing that. I almost forgot Lewis was still in the league till last year, I’m already wishing Wallace (once one of my favourites) was gone.

  • north

    He’d be in the starting line-up if he had played decently in his first few games. In fact he was, but he was too busy being mouthy to play and contribute. His last, as you say “productive years” he was bouncing from Portland to Brooklyn. It’s done.

  • Ugh

    I think Wallace just doesn’t want to be on a tanking team.

  • patrick

    guess the celtics are 1 of the team that are tanking

  • Wings23

    Rashard Lewis wrote the book on being under the radar lol

  • RunMoreThanYourMouth

    He doesn’t belong there anyway. Crash just wants to play hard and win games. Being on a team full of young players who may or may not play with the effort they should be playing with probably isn’t all that fun for him. He should keep talking. His teammates should listen.

  • COYNE

    Don’t worry Crash, it’s one year and then we’ll be rid of your ridiculous contract.
    Criminally overpaid.

  • JoeMaMa

    You’re wrong.
    Conduct detrimental to the team is exactly what they want. If anything, he’ll get a cookie.

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