Gerald Wallace isn’t a Brooklyn Net anymore, but he’s still chirping about it.
After a rough playoff series last season against the Chicago Bulls, Wallace was included in the mega-deal to the Boston Celtics over the summer that landed the Nets Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry.
And, needless to say, he isn’t quite over that just yet.
“[The Nets] have to point the finger at somebody like I was the guy to take the blame,” Wallace said on Tuesday leading into a preseason matchup between the Nets and Celtics. “And that was the reason I was traded.”
While there’s no question Wallace had his struggles last season, averaging less than eight points a game after signing a $40 million contract, there’s no way the organization placed all the blame for their disappointing first-round exit on him. To claim the Nets did that is downright laughable.
Wallace wasn’t the team’s go-to scoring threat. No one was relying on him to carry Brooklyn’s dreams on his back. Having Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez at his side should have been plenty enough to knock off a depleted Bulls team with ease.
It didn’t work out that way, but that appeared to be mostly due to a lack of leadership, not Wallace’s low numbers. But when the Nets had an opportunity to add two future Hall of Famers in Pierce and Garnett, they had no problem offering up Wallace in exchange.
Wallace had always been a solid overall player, but how could the Nets not jump at this chance?
If there was anyone the Nets really blamed for last season’s quick ending, it was coach P.J. Carlesimo. He had a great regular season run after taking over in the interim position, but was never even considered for the job long-term after being bounced in the first round of the playoffs.
The Nets weren’t counting on Wallace to be The Guy. His thoughts toward how they viewed him are nonsense.