Gerald Wallace didn't mince words as he expressed his feelings about the poor play of the Brooklyn Nets over the last several weeks, ranting to the media after a 15-point loss to the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday night.
Wallace and the Nets started off 11-4, including a five-game winning streak upon Wallace's return to action from an ankle injury earlier in the year. But since the calendar flipped over into December, they've been awful. They're 3-10 on the month, and show no signs of improvement after ugly outings against the Boston Celtics on Christmas and Bucks on Wednesday. Wallace spoke on the skid, calling it "mind-boggling," then using some words that Tim Bontemps of the New York Post couldn't include in his article:
"We’re a way better team than what our record is," Gerald Wallace said. "I’m [bleeping ticked] off about us losing, and especially the way we’re losing."
Of particular concern to Wallace is the team's offense, which has looked out of sync lately. The Nets came into the year heralded as a team with high expectations thanks to a strong starting five, but many have diagnosed players of going one-on-one too often, a feeling Wallace echoed, saying that instead of a team, he was getting a "more of 'I'" vibe from his teammates.
"Confidence is our problem now," he said. "I think that’s our main problem. Guys have got too much confidence in themselves and are not trusting in the team.
"Our main thing is we’ve got to get back to a team concept, all for one. Offensively and defensively, when we move the ball, we execute, we take care of the ball, we make the extra pass. ... We’ve got to do everything as a team instead of relying on one guy to do this and one guy to do that."
Wallace is averaging 11.1 points per game, lower than his career average despite a boost in minutes over his career numbers.