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January 11, 2009

Was Wallace's effort lacking Saturday?

     I like the same things about Gerald Wallace and Larry Brown:

     Each one is a grown-up, but that doesn’t stop either one from saying what he really thinks.

     I wonder if those shared qualities place Brown and Wallace on a collision course.

     Brown didn’t play Wallace for most of the second half Saturday. According to Wallace, Brown never explained to him why he was on the bench. However, Brown was frank when I asked him, saying Wallace lacked energy and wasn’t running hard enough to satisfy the coach’s expectations.

     Wallace was plenty surprised when I read him Brown’s comments in the post-game locker room. This won’t sit well with Wallace, who perceives himself (rightly, for the most part) as a guy whose effort sets a standard for his teammates.

     Brown has never been afraid of a little friction. His job is to get the best from players in the here-and-now, and he doesn’t worry much about sparing feelings when he thinks a point must be made.

     Bears watching.

Posted by Observer Sports on January 11, 2009 at 01:21 AM | Permalink

Comments

Damn good thing you're there to stir up the friction Bonnell! God knows LB wouldnt have had the stones to tell Wallace he was slacking! Your hard hitting exposes continue to amaze me! I smell a Pulitzer!

Posted by: Hoagie58 | Jan 11, 2009 4:44:24 AM

Bonnell,
There are many other things we want to know more about than GW getting benched for half a game and Larry's reasoning. It was pretty clear he was a little slow and indecisive. Brown put Ammo out who scored 1 point ever 2 minutes for his 22 min, not bad for someone coming off an ACL tear. Get us real dirt please, you know, stuff that isn't on the AP wire and all. You're supposed to be our local team coverage and you just leave it all to paraphrasing the AP.

Posted by: Tattoo | Jan 11, 2009 9:26:11 AM

Bonnell,
There are many other things we want to know more about than GW getting benched for half a game and Larry's reasoning. It was pretty clear he was a little slow and indecisive. Brown put Ammo out who scored 1 point ever 2 minutes for his 22 min, not bad for someone coming off an ACL tear. Get us real dirt please, you know, stuff that isn't on the AP wire and all. You're supposed to be our local team coverage and you just leave it all to paraphrasing the AP.

Posted by: Tattoo | Jan 11, 2009 9:27:06 AM

What are the bears watching? Do bears like basketball?

You guys might want to lay off Bonnell. Most of the Bobcats news from other sites comes pretty much directly from the charlotte observer, so if it seems redundant its not really his fault. Real GM, Hoopsworld and the like give so little coverage to the small markets that they mostly just copy the local news stories.

I'd love to read more about trade rumors too but you don't want him to just make them up out of thin air do you?

Posted by: bobby | Jan 11, 2009 9:55:49 AM

Tattoo,
Stop complaining just to complain. It's a big deal and definitely worth writing about when your leading scorer doesn't even attempt a shot. Especially knowing Gerald, a guy that does whatever it takes to help the team and seems to be non-stop energy.

Posted by: C | Jan 11, 2009 11:19:53 AM

If a player isn't playing hard enough, on the coaches opinion, they should not take offense to it and just come out and play that much harder in the next game. Maybe in a way LB was using this to set a fire in Wallace to come out in the next game and go off on the Pistons knowing it wont be an easy team to beat. Char will need Wallace 100% v. them, and get them off to a good start in what seems to be an extremely hard schedule this month.

Posted by: Brett Johnson | Jan 11, 2009 11:25:01 AM

Over the last couple of seasons, GW gave these types of performances on the road and was never called to the carpet about it. I'm glad to see LB bench him. Not so much this year, but in the past you I have seen a big difference between GW at home and on the road.

Posted by: A. Rodriguez | Jan 11, 2009 12:07:57 PM

Rick,

I'm glad you wrote this article. It's not like every fan can watch every quarter of every game of the season to know exactly what's going on.

When Gerald Wallace takes a night off from giving 100%, I think it is worth mentioning.

Gerald got some rest. Adam played fine in his place. We won on the road. It's all good.

Posted by: DeLaQuest | Jan 11, 2009 12:37:48 PM

GW has lost his Father and Grandfather in recent weeks. Nobody can consistently keep focus after such losses. Give the young man a break. If he needs to chill on the bench a little, so what

Posted by: cltbobcatsfan | Jan 11, 2009 7:47:38 PM

correction: grandmother

Posted by: cltbobcatsfan | Jan 11, 2009 7:48:29 PM

I am pretty sure that Wallace's performance is a minor issue. He plays harder than most NBA players every night. I think he is entitled to coast every once in awhile for a few minutes at a time.

Posted by: Token | Jan 11, 2009 9:50:05 PM

Clearly, Gerald wasn't playing his usual game against the Wizards, and it made sense to bench him; for whatever reason, his energy (especially in offense) wasn't there. But there's something wrong with the player having to hear first from the journalist covering the team, not directly from the coach, what his coach's complaint about him was! It's not something new about Larry Brown, taking his players to task publicly when he doesn't like the way they perform. We're talking about Gerald Wallace, who usually brings to the team energy and effort at a level unsurpassed by any other Bobcat (only Felton equals Gerald's competitive spirit, effort and toughness).
My point: since Gerald's performance against the Wizards was certainly below expectations, Larry Brown had to discuss this with him in the locker room (or better, the next day at practice). Spilling it out to the media is not doing much good to the coach-player relationship, it just causes resentment to a player who has his pride (a well-earned one). I hope Larry Brown won't keep on doing this (i.e., letting steam out to the media) in regards to any player who disappoints him on any given night. This is not what makes him a great coach. Quite the contrary.

Posted by: Sandy | Jan 11, 2009 10:44:26 PM

Gerald is an excellent player and we should be very pleased that he brings to the court his basketball savy each game. He has had a very difficult time over the past month, lets cut him a little slack. As far as the coach airing his negative thoughts to the media, this is something that should take place in the lockerroom or on the practice court........ this tactic reminds me of Sam Vincents treatment of our team last year! Poor choice Coach Brown.....

Posted by: Marla | Jan 12, 2009 8:44:28 AM

If all we can get for Felton is Earl Watson and Diop, I'd frankly just rather keep him, and we know how I feel about Felton. Ugh. What a TERRIBLE front office we have. I will note, though, that OKC is apparently interested in Matt Carroll.

As for Gerald, this does seem like a pretty low-class move from "Pounds." Unless there's more to this situation than meets the eye, I can't imagine Wallace didn't deserve better.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jan 12, 2009 10:55:44 AM

In one bit of good news, 'Sheed is questionable for the game tomorrow.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jan 12, 2009 11:19:59 AM

The more I watch and hear Larry Brown it becomes obvious that the guy is a “nut” case.
Its now wander he got run out of Detroit and New York.
I am sure the word is out around the league that no player in their right mind would want to come to Charlotte now that Brown is our coach.
Be certain that any player that has a trade clause approval clause in their contract won’t be coming to Charlotte.
After attending the Boston game I turned on the radio to listen to the post game information and from hearing Brown’s post game comments, you would have thought that the Celtics won the game. Brown said very little about how great the Bobcats played.
He “moaned” as usual, about how “special and talented” the Celtics are.
Michael Jordan let’s admit hiring Brown was a mistake and don’t let the guy continue to demotivate the team as well as trade away the players.
Hey Larry next time you see your doctor see if he will cut back on your Prozac!

Posted by: ron | Jan 12, 2009 12:18:21 PM

Larry Brown is at it again. Sandy nailed it.


Brown has this disturbing need to alienate players at the onset of his term and then profess how much he loves them as he is off to his next stop. (Remember his "I love you guys" huddles in the finals with Detroit & his gushing over AI after Philly? This is the same guy who benches Melo in the Olympics for G's sake!) This act is tired. If you make a decision be man enough to tell the guy why you made it. Isn't that what accountability is? How can you ask that from the players if you're not willing to practice it yourself?

Posted by: Saleem | Jan 12, 2009 7:35:17 PM

cltbobcatsfan - do ur research..GW lost his dad and grandmother in same week...give him a break LB...had it been me...i'd taken 2 weeks off.

Posted by: romeo | Jan 12, 2009 8:21:51 PM

Coach Brown is pushing Gerald's buttons, seeing if he can get Wallace to give more effort and play harder. Since Wallace and Felton are the team's hardest workers and team leaders, they must be the example for everyone. If either of them lets up even a little, the whole team will really lag on effort. The timing of this benching is interesting, though. Felton looks like he's out in a matter of days now, and this incident makes him look like the true worker and talent on the team, perhaps driving up his value. Meanwhile, Wallace's pride and manhood have been challenged by the head coach, and Wallace is the kind of guy who is likely to respond positively to criticism. Maybe the old roundball coach still has some tricks up his sleeve?

Posted by: Deuce | Jan 12, 2009 11:23:14 PM

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