Gerald Wallace hasn’t been shy about calling out his younger teammates during the Boston Celtics rebuilding process, and he is again describing his teammates as “selfish” in his recent criticism of the players he is taking the court with.
Boston blew a huge lead against the Milwaukee Bucks, which is all Wallace needed to sound off again.
“We got selfish,” he said after the Celtics blew a 22-point lead in a 105-98 loss to the Bucks. “We got selfish as a team. Instead of worrying about winning the ballgame, we were more worried about our stats, getting points. It showed. We went from a team that was together and moving and playing together in the first half to a team that was five individuals out on the court, everybody playing for themselves, and it showed on the defensive end.”
And who might be the stat-padding offenders?
“I don’t have a clue,” said Wallace. “You’ve got to ask everybody individually. I don’t know. I don’t even really understand it. I’m trying to figure out what’s more important, winning or padding your stats, because this was a game that we were supposed to win easy without even the starters playing in the fourth quarter. Instead, we got selfish as a team. We didn’t move the ball, we let the ball stick, we stopped pushing the ball, and their second unit came in and manhandled us and did whatever they wanted to do.”
What Wallace really needs to realize is that he’s only on the Celtics because no one else in the NBA wanted his bad contract and they are just looking to survive before adding key pieces in next year’s draft to complete the rebuild — or at least take it to the next level.
If Wallace doesn’t accept that it’s going to be a long season in Boston, then he’s going to have plenty of outbursts and keep us all busy with his continued trashing of the players he’s sharing the court with.