When Gerald Wallace was shipped to the Portland Trail Blazers shortly before the NBA’s trade deadline it ended a seven-year marriage with the Charlotte Bobcats. Apparently Wallace was a little hurt by the trade.
“Basically, you feel betrayed by somebody you love. I totally didn’t see it coming. I’d been there seven long years and then you feel like you’re not wanted anymore. That’s a bad situation to be in, especially for me, who committed so much to the organization.”
Betrayed by someone you love? What is this an episode of Desperate Housewives? We like Gerald Wallace, but dude, grow up. Basketball is a business. You’re a guy making more than $10 million a year, you know what that means. You could be a cap casualty at any time.
Now Wallace is with the Blazers and has been relegated to bench duty. To move him into the starting lineup, head coach Nate McMillan would likely have to move Nicholas Batum to the bench. I’m not sure that’s going to happen, but Wallace says he expects to be a starter at some point and would like to play his more natural small forward spot.
Since moving to Portland Wallace has played in four games. He is averaging 30.5 minutes, 10.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. Obviously those numbers are all down from his numbers with the Bobcats because he’s not starting.
For Portland’s sake, we hope he stops feeling like a scorned lover and more like a basketball player soon.