HoopsHype Gerald Wallace rumors

November 18, 2013 Updates

But ask the veterans on a team that has been tagged to lose, and the subject is grating, going against the way most professional athletes are wired. “I don’t know about that,” said Celtics forward Gerald Wallace, who has played in this kind of environment before, specifically as part of the 2004-05 Bobcats. “We only won (18) games, and there was talk of losing to get higher up in the draft, but we wanted to win every game, play hard every game, and try to prove ourselves in this league. Nobody wants to lose, regardless of what the coach or the organization wants to do.” Boston Herald

November 17, 2013 Updates

But ask the veterans on a team that has been tagged to lose, and the subject is grating, going against the way most professional athletes are wired. “I don’t know about that,” said Celtics forward Gerald Wallace, who has played in this kind of environment before, specifically as part of the 2004-05 Bobcats. “We only won (18) games, and there was talk of losing to get higher up in the draft, but we wanted to win every game, play hard every game, and try to prove ourselves in this league. Nobody wants to lose, regardless of what the coach or the organization wants to do.” That hasn’t changed, even if Wallace has often been withering in criticism of his new Celtics teammates. “Nah. These guys don’t want to lose,” he said. Boston Herald

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Prior to Monday night’s game against the Orlando Magic at TD Garden, Wallace seemed relieved that his worst fears about this season were not being realized after all. "Guys are understanding what it takes to win as a team," he said amid a three-game win streak entering Monday night’s action. "I think the atmosphere of winning is becoming more and more in the locker room. We’re playing great ball. Guys are understanding what they need to do out on the court, individually and as a team, to win. It’s sharing the ball and helping each other defensively. I think we’re doing a great job of that now." MetroWest Daily News

November 7, 2013 Updates

When Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens informed Gerald Wallace he would not be starting Wednesday night, the 31-year old forward did not know exactly how to feel. “I wouldn’t say not happy, I’d just say kind of confused,” said Wallace. “It’s the first time since I was traded to Portland (in Feb. of 2011) and came off the bench two or three games for them that I’ve actually come off the bench. I was trying to figure it out; it’s a new experience for me.” Booth Newspapers

“I told Gerald this … I thought (Sullinger and Olynyk), with their ability to pass and stretch the floor, would open up some driving lanes for him and some plays for him,” said Stevens. “I thought those three guys complement each other pretty well, so I kind of made up my mind (before the game) that we were going to go with Gerald off the bench and go from there.” Booth Newspapers

November 6, 2013 Updates

Celtics swingman Gerald Wallace said he is uncertain about his move to the bench after being replaced for Wednesday's matchup against the Utah Jazz by Jordan Crawford. Wallace has been mainly a starter since his first three seasons with the Sacramento Kings, starting 590 out of his past 608 games played before Wednesday. Stevens said he wanted to add spark to the offense but Wallace appears uncertain of the team's direction. "It’s tough for me to adjust to everything. I’m trying to just figure out my role and do the best that I can in that role," he said. "Once I figure that out, then hopefully I’ll be more comfortable in the situation." Boston Globe

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." Boston Globe

Wallace has been outspoken since arriving in Boston and he appears unsure of the team's plan considering the Celtics are in a rebuilding mode. "I’m just trying to make sense of everything. I’m trying to figure out what’s really going on and go from there," Wallace said. "I don’t have a clue. I don’t know what’s going on. My thing is, when I’m on the court, I compete to win. And when I’m not, it’s just cheer my guys on and hopefully we’ll get a win tonight." Boston Globe

Wallace said he won't approach Stevens about the change. "I’m done talking. Whatever they say, it’s their team," Wallace said. "They can do whatever they want to do. (I’m just) going to come out and compete hard and try to win." Boston Globe

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. Boston Herald

“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. Boston Herald

Gerald Wallace isn’t complaining. He isn’t offering a tale of woe. Let’s get that part straight. The NBA veteran is simply admitting the obvious in response to direct questions and looking for ways to make things better in what is now a very trying and fluid situation with a Celtics team in makeover mode. “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.” Boston Herald

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