Posted October 23, 2013

Gerald Wallace: Celtics coaches don’t like criticism of team’s effort

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Veteran Gerald Wallace hasn't been afraid to let his opinions be heard by his new team. (Brian Babineau/Getty Images)

Veteran Gerald Wallace hasn’t been afraid to let his opinions be heard by his new team. (Brian Babineau/Getty Images)

Gerald Wallace has been in the NBA since 2001, playing for five different teams. In that time, he’s gained a reputation as a hard-nosed player — leading the league in steals in 2006 and making the All-Defensive first team in 2010 (the same year he made his only All-Star team).

So Wallace isn’t someone to stand by silently if he feels his team isn’t giving maximum effort. The only problem is, his criticism came in the preseason, with a young team still trying to gel. So the Boston coaches have told him to tone down his comments.

“I’m getting fussed at by the coaches every time,” Wallace told the Boston Herald. “They’re trying to tell me to relax and ease up. But the main thing is I want the guys to compete. If we lose all 82 games, but we lose them going down fighting and competing hard, I can live with that. I can’t live with losing and we didn’t compete, we didn’t give our best effort and we just gave the game away. I don’t want that for these guys and this team.”

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Wallace said he understands that the team is trying to learn a new system under rookie head coach Brad Stevens, but insisted that isn’t an excuse for its lack of effort.

“We know it’s a new coaching staff and a new system. They’re putting in new defense. It’s the first time I’ve ever played defense the way coach Stevens wants us to play defense, but it’s a learning curve for all of us. But at the same time you can still give it 100 percent. Just because it’s a learning experience doesn’t mean you can’t put forth the effort.”

The Celtics, who are 1-6 thus far in the preseason, open the season on Oct. 30 in Toronto.


10 comments
eddie767
eddie767

With his "not cooperating"or "not coachable" he will be traded,so Celts can try to get Wiggins. This is the first time i've  heardthatacoach wants less hustle. Now we know it's "Tankin" time.

Boodah
Boodah

With that kind of talk and attitude, it won't be long before he has 1,000,000 Tommy Points and Heinsohn is yelling 'I. -  Love. -  Gerald!'

Boslad
Boslad

Note: I meant to say: It's a pleasure to have you on .....

Boslad
Boslad

Keep on, keepin on Gerald. You're right and the Celtic coaches are wrong. They should be the ones firing up the bums who won't hustle. Hustle cannot not be taught, either you do it or you don't. GW knows what it takes to win in the NBA. It's a please to have you on the Celtics Gerald. Keep up the fire!!

JustinParisi
JustinParisi

How are they supposed to tank the season if they have guys that TRY to win??? Come on! Riggin' for Wiggins!

M20
M20

Commendable attitude. I'm sure he and the coaches will come to a common understanding.

meandmesa
meandmesa

@eddie767 Dumbest comment I've read yet.  It's preseason so not putting forth effort has no bearing on draft status.  Makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.

AndrewDavis
AndrewDavis

@Boslad As a nets fan I can say its a pleasure for the celtics to have Gerald Wallace too lol

SukeMadiq
SukeMadiq

@JustinParisi 

It never works out, they had the 1st and 3rd amount of chances for Tim Duncan....