Josh Newman, SNYNets.com
With Deron Williams sidelined on Wednesday evening with a bruised right wrist, the Nets fell, 108-93, at the Milwaukee Bucks to drop their record in December to 3-10 after an 11-4 November. For the most part, the team has done a nice job of toeing the line with the media and saying all the right things as it tries to figure how to get back to winning consistently.
However, with the team clearly in a serious funk, arguably the most soft-spoken guy on the roster appears to have had enough.
After scoring eight points to go along with 12 rebounds and eight assists, Gerald Wallace let it be known that the current state of the team is not okay.
“We are a way better team than what our record is, how we’re playing,” Wallace told reporters in the locker room afterwards. “It seems like guys are content with the situation that we are in and I’m f—— pissed off about us losing, especially losing the way we are losing.”
Those are strong words and if it sounds like Wallace is calling teammates out, that’s because he is.
The Nets’ situation is not dire just yet and the season is not heading towards the abyss after only 26 games, but when the quiet guy in the locker room starts getting loud, something positive needs to happen and soon.
Add to that the fact that Williams publicly stated just over a week ago that he hasn’t been comfortable in Avery Johnson‘s flex offense. That storyline was played down, then Johnson tinkered with the offense and the lineup in recent games, notably on Sunday when the Nets went small by putting starting power forward Kris Humphries on the bench in favor of Wallace at the 4 and Keith Bogans at small forward.
A whopping $330 million in offseason spending by Russian billionaire owner Mikhail Prokhorov has not panned out thus far given the fact he said a reasonable goal this season would be the Eastern Conference Finals.
Worrying about May and the postseason is a long way off though. For now, a chance to gain a little momentum is coming to Brooklyn in the form of the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday. That home back-to-back will finish up a stretch of four games in five nights that began with a 93-76 home loss to the Boston Celtics on Christmas Day.
After those two games, things get back to being difficult with a trip to the San Antonio Spurs on New Year’s Eve, followed by a game at the defending Western Conference champions, the Oklahoma City Thunder.
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