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Gerald Wallace: ‘I don’t have a clue what my role is on this team’

Apr 26, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

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If Gerald Wallace wasn’t doubting himself before, he surely is now.

The Nets outscored Chicago by 10 in the fourth quarter of Game 3, Brooklyn’s best quarter since the first half of Game 1 – all with Wallace on the bench.

Where does that leave Wallace now? Via Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News:

“I don’t know. I couldn’t tell you my role now,” Wallace said Friday at the team’s hotel in Chicago. “I don’t have a clue what my role is on this team.”

Since March 6, Wallace has shot 12-of-66 on jumpers. Wallace wasn’t exactly a great jump shooter before that, but his drop to 18 percent from 31 percent is quite steep and large enough to stifle the Nets’ offense. His lack of confidence in his shot has made it easier for the Bulls to ignore him, which puts more stress on Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson. P.J. Carlesimo, via Bondy:

“I think we’re going through a tough time right now and that’s what playoffs are all about,” Carlesimo said. “We’re all frustrated. And we have to – I have to – do a better job of constantly defining roles and redefining roles so we perform the way we’re capable of performing.”

The Nets shouldn’t completely banish Wallace – or, for that matter, Reggie Evans, who also sat out the entire fourth quarter of Game 3 – from their rotation for good. Wallace can defend, rebound and even pass a bit. He and Evans can help as a complementary players, but their minutes might need to be cut in favor of scorers who attract attention and give Williams, Lopez and Johnson more space.

Evans should have no trouble with that. For a player who twice led his team in scoring and then saw his points-per-game total peak at 19.4, Wallace might have a tough time accepting such a limited role.

But – in the NBA’s tightest first-round series thus far – Wallace’s willingness to take and Carlesimo’s ability to give Wallace a new role might make the difference.

  1. wsuperman4445 - Apr 26, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    well with the kinda money that has been tossed around to get this team, he should have no worries on whether he will be back next year,they are all over paid and hard to trade, so Gerald stop your whining and suck up your new role!

    • Sideline Mob - Apr 26, 2013 at 5:36 PM

      The last guy with cornrows who got this annoyed with PJ Carlesimo was Latrell Sprewell. Watch your neck, PJ.

  2. lmoneyfresh - Apr 26, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    Give King another extension!

  3. mogogo1 - Apr 26, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    This is a big series for the Nets in the overall scheme of things. They should be able to win this series. If they don’t it’ll be the sign of a group with no ability to overcome adversity at all.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 27, 2013 at 2:43 AM

      This current core peaked a month ago. They’re going nowhere this year, and will regress for this duration of Williams, Lopez and Wallace’s contracts.

  4. eugenesaxe - Apr 26, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    Your role is to get paid and shut up.

  5. sportsnut101 - Apr 26, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    Billy king needs to be fired. For offering this dude this money

    Joe Johnson I thought was a nice move cuz he can shoot problem is he took only 12 shots a game Always seen 4 for 12 on average nights. Only had a few breakout games.

    He Wallace ur role is a role player. Duh. N I don’t make 10 mil a yr to figure it out Play def rebound n slash to the hole. Cuz u can’t shoot n Neva will learn

  6. bigmeechy74 - Apr 27, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    Good thing they traded a lottery pick and went over the cap to get him

  7. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 27, 2013 at 2:42 AM

    1-26?

    Two comments like this from him in two weeks?

    And this is a supposed contender?

  8. eboneseagles - Apr 27, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    Use Watson and Brooks at SG and move Joe Johnson to the 3. Their starting lineup is terrible because you literally don’t have to guard 2 out of the 5 players.

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