Gerald Wallace will not be starting tonight’s game. He’s going to the bench, a move Brad Stevens says will help both starters and the bench
“[Bradley and Crawford will] both play point, they’ll both handle the ball,” said Stevens. “I think we’re able to run a bigger variety of things with both guys in than we are with one guy in over the other. Our offensive numbers have been pretty good with Jordan in the game. It also gives you a few tweaks, potentially, off the bench. There’s a chance to put Phil in early because it’s a guy that, again, plays a role that may enhance others.”
Wallace, who left Monday’s game in Memphis with a bruised knee, is available and Stevens thinks he can get the 13th-year veteran going more off the bench (it’s been a slow start for Wallace, offensively).
“I think I can do some things with him that will really help him with that second group,” said Stevens.
Like I’ve said a million times, I like Bradley off the ball. And Wallace in the second unit could help boost their, and his, scoring.
Wallace, though, didn’t seem to take to the move very well.
Gerald Wallace on move to bench: “I worked my tail off in the league to become a starter. It’s something that’s new to me.”
— Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) November 7, 2013
If only Gerald Wallace understood that playing nice, saying the right things, and being the good soldier is the fastest way out of town.
I can only hope a friend of Gerald’s reads this, so I’ll say it to him personally:
Hey, Gerald. The Celtics didn’t want you, either. Your contract was something that Brooklyn needed to unload and it made the salaries match. The Celtics still doesn’t want you on the team for any longer than they have to hold on to you. It’s nothing personal at all… you work your ass off and play the game the way it should be played. But they want to trade you as much as you want to be traded. But the only way to facilitate that is to shut up, say the right things, and prove to other teams that you’re not washed up or angry.
Pinch your nose, Gerald, take your medicine, and deal with it. It’s not fair that you’re back in this situation after all you’ve done in your career? Well, life’s not fair, and a lot of us feel like we’ve earned more than we have. And we’re not getting paid $10 million to do it.
So please find yourself some self-awareness, go play basketball, and maybe in March you’ll be playing a key role on the Thunder or Spurs.