Deron Williams Weighs In On Gerald Wallace Comments
Josh Newman , Field Reporter
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – After the Nets defeated the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday evening, Gerald Wallace told the New York Post his ‘confidence is totally gone’ and ‘I lost the confidence of the coaching staff and my teammates.’
Wallace’s comments are understandable as they stemmed from poor shooting numbers since the All-Star break, but with six games to go in the regular season before the franchise’s first playoff run since 2007, at least one of Wallace’s teammates believes this isn’t something that needs to addressed in public.
“He needs to stop talking about it, just like I had to stop talking about my injuries and my shooting with you guys,” Deron Williams said after practice on Monday at PNY Center. “It just weighs on you. You come in every day and you gotta hear about why you’re missing shots, it’s gonna start creeping in your head. That’s why I don’t talk about my injuries and I don’t like to talk about shooting with you guys and that’s why I feel like he shouldn’t either.”
Williams has dealt with a bevy of injuries this season, but has been on a tear, averaging 23.0 points and 7.9 assists in 23 games since the All-Star break as the Nets continue to zero in on the No. 4 seed and home court advantage in the Eastern Conference.
Conversely, Wallace started out well after re-signing with the Nets for four years and $40 million, but has struggled in 22 games since the All-Star break, averaging just 6.4 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. His shooting percentage post-break is down to just 33.8 percent, including 14.9 percent from 3-point range.
Wallace remains arguably the Nets’ best perimeter defender, which means despite the lack of offensive production, it is very likely he will continue to start and get crunch time minutes. However, the shooting is something that needs to be fixed sooner than later.
“I address it with him, not with you guys,” Nets interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo said.
Over his last four games, Wallace has scored a total of just 12 points while shooting 5-for-14 from the field. In the win Saturday over the Bobcats, he did not attempt a shot.
The Nets are currently two games ahead of the Chicago Bulls and three ahead of the Atlanta Hawks (four in the loss column) for fourth in the Eastern Conference. The Bulls host the Toronto Raptors, while the Nets host the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday evening. The Hawks are at the Sixers on Wednesday.
The Nets hold the tiebreaker over the Hawks, but the Bulls will have the tiebreaker over the Nets.
Johnson, Bogans sit
Joe Johnson (rest) and Keith Bogans (tight lower back) both sat out practice on Monday, with the latter being called questionable for Tuesday against the Sixers.
While there has been no indication Johnson will sit Tuesday, getting him to full health and engaged for the postseason is a main objective over the next 12 days.
The six-time All-Star shooting guard missed the final five games of the Nets’ eight-game, 17-day road trip with right quad and left heel problems. In two games since returning, he has scored a total of 27 points while shooting 33.3 percent and 37.5 percent from 3-point range.
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