On Sunday night, NBA veteran GERALD WALLACE expressed his displeasure towards his Celtics teammates after the team’s 104-89 preseason loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves, calling them “selfish” and “lackadaisical.”
“Guys are out there being selfish, and their opponents are playing with effort, giving their all regardless of how the night is going,” said Wallace who led the Celtics with 16 points. “Tonight we ran into another team that wanted the game more than we did. And they came and played like it. We had some good spurts, but when it came down to it they were determined to win the game and we (weren’t).”
Here’s a clip from Sunday night’s action in Montreal…
“Veteran, rookie, whatever you want to call it. I was always taught, you can’t teach effort. And you can’t teach somebody how to give effort. They either got it or they don’t.” —Celtics swingman Gerald Wallace
It’s no secret that Wallace was not pleased to be shipped to Boston in the deal that brought both Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Brooklyn Nets. He essentially left an NBA title contender for a team obviously in rebuilding mode with a bevy of young players and a rookie head coach. But Wallace isn’t going to let that fact deter him from demanding the effort and professionalism he feels is required of his teammates.
“We’re professionals. So our main thing is, you should go out every night and want to win. It shouldn’t be a question of the effort,” Wallace continued. “You’re going to miss shots. You’re going to turn the ball over. Things aren’t going to go your way. But it shouldn’t be because you’re not playing hard, you’re not giving your all.”
Preseason or not, Wallace knows his team has to come ready to play. That’s the only way the Celtics are going to have a shot in the East this year.
That may also be the only way Wallace curbs his discontent regarding the trade and remains in a Celtics uniform this season.
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