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Your Morning Dump… Where Gerald Wallace is MIA

Chuck - Red's Army September 25, 2013 Celtics News, Gerald Wallace, Rajon Rondo, The Morning Dump 25 Comments

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Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

Has anyone seen Gerald Wallace? If so, Danny Ainge and Brad Stevens would like to speak with him:

“I’m anxious to meet Gerald,” Ainge admitted before the team’s annual golf tournament to benefit the Shamrock Foundation. “I met him before when I was doing television (more than a decade ago), but I haven’t had much conversation with him. He’s really the only one (of the players on the current roster who hasn’t been in contact).”

Ainge seemed reasonably convinced – although he did (perhaps inadvertently) add a qualifier – that Wallace will be in Waltham for Monday’s media day.

“He’ll be in town, I think, next week. I’ll be watching closely and then we’ll sit down.”

Fabulous. Sounds like Crash has embraced the trade to Boston and is super excited to work with his new teammates.

Wallace has ten million reasons to be in camp on time. He may not like the idea of playing for the Celtics, but he will be here.

As for the worst kept secret in Boston:

“My understanding and the last time that we’ve had discussions about it is that it’s very indeterminate still, but it sounds like it would be unlikely that he would be playing at the very start of the season,” C’s coach Brad Stevens said from the team’s annual charity golf tournament. “What that means beyond that, I think that’s going to be on his doctors, the training staff and him making the call on when he’s ready. I’ve told him from Day 1, ‘Come back when you’re ready,’ because I think it’s really important that he feels really good when he’s back and ready to play.”

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge put it more succinctly: “I would be shocked.”

“I don’t think that we would ever succumb to the pressure of bringing back a player from an ACL too soon,” said Ainge. “We’ve got to do what’s right for him. Maybe if he was 37 and it was his last year, but he’s just still so young and he’s our best player and we can afford to make any mistakes in judgment on when to bring him back.”

Look for Avery Bradley, Phil Pressey and (vomit in mouth) Jordan Crawford to man the point guard position in Rondo’s absence. In other words, expect absolute chaos on the offensive end until December.

Here’s the bright side to Rondo’s stubborn personality. He will play when he’s ready. He’s not going to take the rehab slow as part of some stealth tanking mission.

The rest of the links:

ESPN Boston – Olynyk’s bruised chin | Support for Sullinger | Nothing imminent on Bradley extension | WEEI – Celtics answer questions, create more | CSNNE – Bradley, Cs not close on extension | Ainge would be shocked if Rondo ready for opener | Herald – Rondo won’t be ready | Sullinger looks toward season | MetroWest – Time to shine for Green

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  • Curt Hays

    I haven’t seen him yet, but I’ll keep my eyes open.

  • eddysamson

    Man screw Wallace what a god damn chump. I hope he rides pine the whole damn season.

    • Curt Hays

      I’m not from Boston. Is that why I don’t share your sentiment?

      • eddysamson

        Was that some kind of attempt at a snarky comment? I’m not either so nice try.

        • Curt Hays

          No, not at all. The question is objective.
          I’ve always been a fan of the guy, so I was unsure if there’s a dislike for him that I didn’t perceive from this far away. I want to make sure I didn’t miss something important. (i.e. a legit reason to dislike the guy)

          • eddysamson

            Well, he’s acting like the Celtics are the Bobcats. Its disgusting. All we’ve heard about for the last 2 months is how hard everyone is working…except Wallace. And the dude has a massive contract. Can’t even talk to Ainge or Stevens? That’s ridiculous. Thats anti-Celtic. Screw this dude and his bloated contract, can’t wait to trade him.

          • Curt Hays

            Ok, so it is based on how he’s been as a “Celtic”. Fair enough. I can’t disagree with you. Maybe he’s down in Miami on some designer drugs, the PED kind, to rejuvenate his youthful self so that he can dominate in a green jersey…:-)

          • LA Flake

            That’s my sentiment as well. But at the same time, he has no obligation to “connect” with Ainge or Stevens unless his contract clearly states that he needs to stay in touch with the organization. At this point in his career, he’s probably pissed that he’s going from a playoff team to, well, us. I don’t care. I just want him to show up, play his ass off, regain his old form, and net us a 1st round draft pick or two before February.

  • tvor03

    Anyone else see Kris Humphries on Mindy Project last night?

    • Curt Hays

      Don’t watch anything but the NBA. What’d I miss?

      • tvor03

        not much. Just a funny cameo. He played in a “Newly Single” basketball group, made a funny quip about trashy reality tv, and through down a pretty statue of liberty dunk over Bill Hader.

  • LA Flake

    With the first pick of the 2014 NBA draft, the Boston Celtics select Andre Wiggins!

    • GUSTAWRHYMES

      That would be amazing seeing as I started watching nba as a celtics fan and im from Toronto

      • omitasub

        same! hahaha, plus the 2016 all star game is gonna be in toronto, I want to see Wiggins in a Celtics uniform. lol

        • GUSTAWRHYMES

          YE YE!

    • adam

      as nice as this would be. keep dreaming. if you won’t, i will.

  • RedsLoveChild

    Not expecting Ainge to fine Wallace for staying away…nor is it likely he`ll allow Rondo to play before the All Star Game.

    Danny is determined to get his 20-62 season…and nothing will stand in his way!

    • jrleftfoot

      I`m not expecting him to fine Wallace either, unless he does something to violate his contract.

  • jrleftfoot

    Since he hasn`t missed a mandatory reporting date , and none of us knows what he is doing, the screw Gerald Wallace chorus sounds a little shrill to me. He`s always played hard and been in excellent shape , so if his attitude is the same as it was with the Bobcats , I`m fine with that.

  • Graskarpfen

    As someone who watched a lot of Mizzou games this past year, I can only add “Phil Pressey (vomit)” to the vomiting for Jordan Crawford. Will be surprised if this kid is still in the league in a couple seasons.

    • LA Flake

      Look on the bright side. Pressey will “help” us get a high lottery pick.

  • Raoul

    Look.. I understand and I share the same emotion about hearing that Gerald isn’t busy buying in to the Celtics and Stevens lore. I would also like to hear some reports of him working out hard. BUT consider this….

    Is it a sin to say that IF he utilizes the extra room he’ll have as one of the only All-Stars on the team and simply plays how Gerald Wallace is known to have the ability to play, that he will be an UPGRADE to KG in his current state? He can shoot at even greater distance, can run the floor, and is healthy on defense while being able to chase down his man. As long as Wallace shows up on time, I’m happy we got this BALLER on our team. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daLOXnfsUlY

    • Raoul

      BTW, I’m not talking about their positions; more so their roles on this team. Wallace will be a primary scorer.

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  • frickenWaaaltah

    I think some people must have missed what happened to Gerald Wallace last season; he had a pretty bad year and finished it off by getting completely demolished and demoralized by Lebron and the Heat.

    This story from April 8, 2013 about sums it all up:

    Gerald Wallace: “My confidence is totally gone.”
    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/brooklyn-nets-gerald-wallace-confidence-totally-gone-192317336–nba.html