Gerald Wallace Calls Out Teammates:
“I’m f—ing pissed off”

Gerald Wallace Brooklyn Netsvia Newsday’s Rod Boone:

Gerald Wallace has never been shy about how much he hates losing — you can hear it in his baritone after every loss — but has never derided his Brooklyn teammates for contentedness before tonight’s 108-93 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.

After an 11-4 start, the Nets have skidded back to .500 by losing 10 of their last 13 games. Wallace is averaging 11.1 points and 6.9 rebounds in 34.2 minutes per game, shooting 44.1% from the field. Despite his relentless energy that birthed the nickname “Crash,” the team has struggled with Wallace on the floor this season.

Comments

  1. Deron Williams is the start and end of this problem. The team needs its best player to bring it every night and he has been terrible to this point. Avery has had some strange lineup changes from time to time, but he is doing so because he is trying to get the spark that the team is missing.
    If you told me a month ago I would be spending an entire morning on ESPNs trade machine trying to figure out what we can get for Deron, I would have said you were crazy.

  2. Hell, I’d be contented too, if the coach never held me accountable for anything, and especially let me heave up all the 3s I want to and jog back on defense. The discontented are the guys who are young and hustle, but never see playing time, yet always see criticism. It’s only the contented platers who can move out the source of the malaise (Avery), and why would they? The new coach will make them work hard and yell at them. And they no longer trust their teammates to pull together for a run at the championship.

    This is why kiss-up, kick-down guys keep their jobs, no matter how bad they are at them.

  3. At the start of the season, I predicted the Nets would be a mediocre first round-playoff team. After their hot start, I was seduced into believing that maybe all the preseason hype had some merit. Now, I see that my initial hunch was correct.

    Built around two franchise players that really aren’t (D-Will needs to stop whining and redeem his rep as a top-10 player), this team needs to do a proper reboot, if at all possible, and on the cheap.

    While I hold little hope for a shrewd move from Billy King (a GM who bids against himself in free agency and who trades lottery picks for other team’s castoffs), I think the Nets should just go all in with the dysfunction and try to trade for DeMarcus Cousins.

    I would love to see the Nets trade the overpaid Kris Humphries and underpaid Marshon Brooks, Tyshawn Taylor and C.J. Watson for DeMarcus Cousins and the pricy contracts of Aaron Brooks and Marcus Thornton (or even Francisco Garcia or possibly even, yikes, John Salmons). The Kings’ salary dump along with the Nets’ promising young players would be a decent haul for Sacramento.

    While DeMarcus Cousins is supposedly an uncoachable headcase and locker room cancer, at least he’s young and talented and full of potential. Since our roster is clogged by Joe Johnson and D-Will’s salaries, two players who offer no hope to fans of tapping into some higher, as-of-yet-unseen level of play, we need to land some cheap reclamation projects and rookie-scale guys who can outperform their contracts. The Andray Blatche signing is a (rare) good example from our GM.

    Although a trade for Cousins could poison the Nets locker room, as Gerald Wallace’s comment indicates, it couldn’t be worse than the increasing complacency and rancor that comes with Brooklyn’s mounting losses and diminished expectations.