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Gerald Wallace is as honest off the court as he is on. On the court, he gives an honest day's pay for an honest day's work and off the court, he is not afraid to say what he thinks. Wednesday night, he called out his team for a lack of intensity and selfishness while letting everyone know he's tired of it all.
"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," Wallace said in the post-game without naming names. "We’re a way better team than what our record is."
Wallace attributed the Nets losses to selfishness, saying, "We play a good half or a great quarter and then we go back to playing selfish ball ... that’s not getting us anywhere."
"It’s mind-boggling that we’re in the situation we’re in," Wallace continued. "As good of a team as we are, as good as started off ... you saw the potential we had as a team, and the talent we have as a team. And yet, still, instead of team, it’s more of ‘I.’ "
"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."
The 12-year veteran wasn't the only player willing to admit things aren't going the way they had hoped. Jerry Stackhouse, who's played for 17 years, said after the game, "We’re struggling as a team, and we’re struggling as individuals," he said. "I don’t think anybody on our team would say they’re playing well right now."
Meanwhile, Avery Johnson said he and Brett Yormark spoke about the Christmas Day debacle at Barclays Center. Johnson said, however, that it's too early to talk about the team's issues.
" . . . Now is not the time to really analyze what's happened for us this year, because we haven't even gotten to the halfway point and we haven't played a full season with this roster," said the coach. "But I think I agree: we all have to get better."
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