Earlier in the NBA offsesaon, Gerald Wallace and his hefty contract were shipped to the Boston Celtics in the mega-trade that brought Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to Brooklyn. Wallace was less than thrilled with the deal as he would be going from a relatively solid Brooklyn team to a Celtics team who will likely battle for the worst record in the league.
Wallace didn’t return phone calls. He didn’t show up for the press conferences. He clearly was not thrilled to be going to the Celtics, but alas, he finally did show up and is now partaking in games. He’s also partaking in calling out his teammates, like he did Sunday night after his Celtics were destroyed by the Minnesota Timberwolves, leading Wallace to call his teammates selfish:
“Guys are out there being selfish, and their opponents are playing with effort, giving their all regardless of how the night is going,” said Wallace who led the Celtics with 16 points. “Tonight we ran into another team that wanted the game more than we did. And they came and played like it. We had some good spurts, but when it came down to it they were determined to win the game and we (weren’t).”
If you’re getting blasted for being selfish and lacking effort in the preseason, it’s going to be a long year.