Playing for an organization that is eyeing a high lottery pick instead of a high win total isn’t the easiest thing for a professional athlete to accept. Their determination to succeed is one of the key elements that led to their professional status and when they are faced with the realization that what the organization has built around them wasn’t constructed with success in mind it’s a hard thing to cope with, and sometimes that leads to a lack of effort.
According to Gerald Wallace the Boston Celtics are currently facing that very dilemma. The funny thing is, it’s only the preseason…
Check out what Wallace had to say about the Celtics lack of effort over the past few games:
“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).”
…Wallace added, “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. 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.”
…Said Wallace: “We got what, one more preseason game before this thing really starts up? So if guys think they can wait until the Toronto game (on Oct. 30) and turn the switch on, it’s not that easy in this league. You have to start building yourself up, get some momentum going into it. We’re not doing that right now.”
It seems unnecessary given the timing of the comment but when you are a 13 year NBA vet you start to have a different perspective on these kind of things. He obviously saw a trend that could eventually lead down a bad road and decided to correct it before it bled into the regular season.
Maybe if Wallace continues to drop these wise pieces of commentary throughout the season he’ll be able to justify his $10 million salary, because we all know his play on the court wont.