Recent reports indicate that Boston Celtics forward Gerald Wallace will miss the rest of the season with a torn meniscus. Wallace will accompany Jared Sullinger, Avery Bradley and Kelly Olynyk on the sideline as they deal with their particular ailments. Considering the direction this team is headed in, this injury is beneficial to the Celtics going forward.
Wallace, who may be one of the worst players to earn $10 million a year, did a number things that contributed to the Celtics’ rare success. Wallace only averaged 5.1 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists, but he did a lot of the dirty work and little things that don’t show up on the stat sheet. Wallace made his teammates better on both ends of the floor. He can’t shoot for dear life, but his veteran presence was valuable to such a young team.
Rajon Rondo and Wallace played surprisingly well together. Since Rondos return, Wallace has averaged nearly eight points a game. Yes, I know that is pathetic, but compared to his usual four points a game, its a significant difference. His production has doubled if you want to look at it that way. Anyway, Rondo seems to find Wallace at the rights times, while Wallace knows when to cut to the basket.
Wallace also brought leadership and a determination to win on the team. The latter isn’t exactly something this team needs this season. Wallace wasn’t afraid to call teammates out and urge them to win games. I’m sure Danny Ainge was getting pretty fed up with Wallace. Hello, we are trying to tank here!
I feel bad for Wallace because he loves basketball and he is a true competitor. However, this will assure more losing than winning going forward. So, this is a good loss for the Celtics.