The Boston Celtics acquired Gerald Wallace in their trade with the Brooklyn Nets this offseason solely because his salary helped make the deal work. He doesn't figure to be in the team's plans down the road, and it wouldn't be surprising if he was gone by the trade deadline. Wallace can be a useful veteran on a contender, but he simply doesn't fit with this team.
Say what you want about Wallace's game, and there's plenty to say, but you can never question his heart. Even as he struggled painfully with his jump-shot last season, he seemed to be the only player on the Nets with any sort of fire. Wallace plays as hard as anyone in the league, which could be a positive influence on this young Boston team. He's getting paid an awful lot to serve as a positive example, but whatever.
What exactly is the point of this?
At times, calling out your teammates publicly can be a good thing. Maybe he should have done it more last year with his underachieving Nets.
Wallace needs to understand his surroundings. This is a young team, and they're only a few games into the season. They're still learning to play together, and comments like this simply aren't constructive at this point. How do you think Brad Stevens feels about this? Imagine being a brand new head coach and having to deal with one of your veterans already calling out his teammates? Oh, and not to mention, how long has Wallace even been in a Celtics uniform?
When you hear the word selfish and look at the Celtics' roster, the one player that stands out is Jordan Crawford. Anyone who has seen him play knows that he always thinks he can get his shot at any time. Still, Crawford only took one shot against the Bucks. So I'm not quite sure exactly who Wallace is talking about.
There's a time and a place for everything, Mr. Wallace. A few games into a rebuilding year with a new team probably isn't a great time to call out your young teammates. They won't respond well, and there's really no point.
Oh, and Celtics fans, yes, you're losing to the Milwaukee Bucks already. It's going to be a long season.
Mark lives in the Boston area and has been covering New England sports for various blogs over the past 4 years. He has been featured on Fox Sports Yardbarker, Fox Sports, and Sports Illustrated "Hot Clicks", and has been published on Celtics 24/7, Bleacher Report, and Sports-Kings.
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