December 28, 2010
Wallace might play Wednesday
Charlotte Bobcats coach Paul Silas said following practice Tuesday there's a good chance Gerald Wallace (ankle injuries) would play Wednesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Wallace is more hopeful than confident. He had ruled himself out of Wednesday's game on Monday, but then fully practiced Tuesday. He said he can't gauge whether he'll be up to playing against the Cavs at least until Wednesday shootaround, When he practiced Sunday, he felt quite sore on Monday, and wonders if the same thing will happen this time.
Tuesday was Wallace's first full practice since suffering a left ankle sprain and bone bruise against the Toronto Raptors.
Funny story: When Wallace showed up for practice, he asked Silas whether he should play with the first or second team. Silas laughed at all that -- of course Wallace should practice with the starters -- and Silas said he should have told Wallace he's being sent for a rehab assignment in the Development League, just to get a rise out of Wallace.
In other injury news, Tyrus Thomas has a sprained right wrist, but the Bobcats expect him to play against the Cavs.
Posted by Observer Sports on December 28, 2010 at 01:48 PM | Permalink
Great news Rick. Also great to see Livingston playing at a high level. If we can get him to trust the knee, the sky is the limit for him.
Posted by: D. Merritt | Dec 28, 2010 3:08:17 PM
Posted by: MAJ | Dec 28, 2010 3:31:22 PM
I dont know how coaches work on the 4 quater but we suck in the 4th...
Posted by: MAJ | Dec 28, 2010 3:32:39 PM
i hope he recovered his balls. the guy has played ball-less thus far this year. time to step up or step off.
Posted by: charlottean | Dec 28, 2010 3:35:07 PM
you right about that!
Posted by: digal704 | Dec 28, 2010 4:03:09 PM
so what g-force is having a well below season, it's still early and the guy play like a stud all last year, if any guy deserves a break it's him, the rest can go to hell especially that cancer jax..
Posted by: callingitlikeiseeit | Dec 28, 2010 4:33:36 PM
I dont get charlottean. He praises the lazy, inconsistent Diaw but throws Wallace, the teams first all star, under the bus. The face of the franchise has poured his all into this team for seven years and this is the thanks he gets?
Posted by: D.W.G. | Dec 28, 2010 4:54:40 PM
U GUYS SHUD SLOW DOWN ON HATING ON JACKSON AND WLLACE.. LOOK AROUND THE NBA AND TELL ME HOW MANY GUYS ARE TRULY BETTER.. WALLACE WILL BODE WELL IN THIS UPTEMPO GAME..THEY NEED TO RUN SOME SET PLAYS FOR HIM SINCE DJ DOESNT CREATE MUCH.. HES GETN IN THE PAINT MORE HAVE TO ADMIT ..A HUGE PROBLEM IS THAT THEIR BOTH SMALL FORWARDS AND JACKSON PLAYS ALL OVER THE PLACE...TOUGH TO COMPLIMENT EACH OTHER WHEN THAT HAPPENS... LETS SEE WHAT THE UPTEMPO GAME DOES FOR WALLCE.. GE HE AND THE YUNG GUYS SOM EASY BUCKETS LIKE FELTON DID AT TIMES BUT NOT ENOUGH AND THEY WILL BE ALLRIGHT IMO..BROWNS OFFENS SUCKED. YOU CUD SEE SO MUCH BETTER BALL AND MAN MOVEMENT LAST.. AND BARRON DAVIS FOR DJ? PLEASE DAVIS WOULD WRECK THIS TEAM AND IS SLOW , FAT AND NO LONGER HAS ANY DESIRE TO PLAY.. HE WILL OVERPOWER SILAS WHO WOULD BLOW UP IN TRAGE ONCE HE STARTS PULLING THE STUFF HES BEEN DOING YEAR AFTER YEAR.. TELL ME WHAT YAER HAS HE BEEN SANE EXCEPT THE YEAR THEY KNOCKED OFF THE MAVS.. HE USED TO BE A TRU DOG BUT NO MORE.. DJ IS GETN BETTER BEFORE OUR EYES AND DAVIS CANT CHECK THE TOP SMALL PT GUARDS WHO RULE THE NBA NOW OF WHICH THERE ARE MORE THAN A FEW.. FELTON COULDNT EITHER.. THATS WHY JAMEER TORE HIM UP.. RECALL NY WANTED DJ.. HE WOULD BE DOING THE SAME THING IN NY RIGHT NOW. DJ CAN SHOOT BETTER NOW TO JUST GATTA CREATE AND GET IN THE PAINT..LIVINGSTON CAN CHECK THE BIG GUARDS LIKE CHAUNCY...
Posted by: IRONMAN | Dec 28, 2010 5:08:39 PM
I say a pox on your ALL CAPS post. Someone too lazy to use punctuation and grammar, should become too lazy to type a post in the first place. The end result is the same, no one reads it.
Posted by: Sportsdon | Dec 28, 2010 5:56:05 PM
Thank you Ironman exactly how I feel about these guys that play the game hard even though they have their flaws.
Posted by: tbird | Dec 28, 2010 6:21:13 PM
The thing is on any given night anybody can have a great game. Even a player off the bench. The past means nothing in this organization. Heck it doesn't mean anything but you could and now you can't.
Posted by: digal704 | Dec 28, 2010 6:35:54 PM
i never hated on wallace prior to the guy walking away from game tying free throws for a NON-INJURY. that was just unforgivable. and yea the guy played incredibly well last year. but that's also why he gets paid 8 figures. and his comments in the media this year have been far from respectable. and his performance at the team usa tryouts doesn't sit well either. its like the guy is afraid to be the guy. i don't want that guy. i don't want the other guy that tries desperately to be the guy and overcompensate either (jackson).
i want the real deal.
and regarding diaw, watch some game film and show me where diaw takes a play off. you guys mistake bulk with being out of shape, you mistake less athleticism and speed for being lazy. watch the film, he plays every bit as hard as gerald does (just stays on his feet a whole lot more because he weighs more than the 120 lbs. gerald does). i'm not a diaw lover by any stretch, i hate things about his game (passing up layups, shooting more 3's than he probably should) but he's far from the problem in this group.
i'm all on board for keeping wallace and trading jackson for an oj mayo or evan turner or whoever and seeing how that goes. but if somebody offers a high number 1 pick (somebody like minnesota or sacramento or detroit or new jersey or washington) i think we should strongly consider it.
are we going to win a championship with jackson and wallace as our 1-2? are we going to win a championship with wallace as our 1? so then what's the point and why are yall quick to jump on me when i point it out? if we could get us a guy with potential to be GREAT in exchange for the GOOD, shouldn't you take that risk? don't we WANT to win a championship?
when we brought in jackson last year, i thought we were building in the direction of the detroit teams where you have 5 starters that were just SOLID and a few guys off the bench that were that way as well. the problem in that equation is jackson. because of his attitude and general negative energy, we aren't going to be able to be that. maybe the right guy in exchange for him creates that.
Posted by: charlottean | Dec 28, 2010 7:03:03 PM
I see your point on Wallace. If he can practice, he can play at least twenty minutes against Cleveland. I think of Kobe and the injuries he plays through and it kills me when he doesn't push himself. He's been great for years but since having recognition he's lost the drive. Take a tylenol and go.
Posted by: altheus | Dec 29, 2010 12:41:55 AM
I'm predicting we score 120 tonight.
Posted by: apauldds | Dec 29, 2010 8:39:18 AM
Anybody that thinks Wallace doesn't play hard doesn't know basketball. I remember the NON INjury your talking about. From my perspective i saw Wallace screaming and rolling in pain on the floor for long time. He basically had to be helped off the court double over in pain. Just because you dont get injured doesnt mean your not hurt enough to be able to perform at that given moment. You ever seen a football player get helped off the field, miss a few plays and come back in the game? Some athletes heal faster and their bodies are more resilient to injuries that would normally put most athletes out of commission for weeks. I believe Gerald is one of those athletes. He's had his fair share of injuries due to he non regard for his body, but i dont think ive ever seen someone heal as fast as he has throughout his career. Remember the separated shoulder injury a few years ago? He was out a week and came back with the bone still protruding from his skin. So knowing his history, if the man says he was too injured to shoot free throws to win the game, I believe him and believe to even question that is ignorant. You obviously havent been following the team very long to make that statement.
Posted by: Randomguy | Dec 29, 2010 11:19:36 AM
however i do agree with you on your assessment of Diaw. Diaw is a highly skilled big man and is a huge factor for us on the court. Most people just dont understand the value of a big man being a good screen setter and being able to pass. Diaw does both EXTREMELY well. The casual fan just sees how chubby he is and not hustling to the ball, but his positives far outweigh that.
Posted by: Randomguy | Dec 29, 2010 11:33:15 AM
You're certainly right about Gerald, Randomguy. I posted similar comments on him after that happened; I won't go into details anymore.
And yeah, Diaw's skills are very valuable to the team - although he's not much of a fighter.
Posted by: Sandy | Dec 29, 2010 11:55:17 AM
Sandy i sure cant argue with that. but i do think Silas will be the right coach for Diaw . He simply will not put up with that. He will sit you if you aren't performing. We shall see as only time will tell..
Posted by: Randomguy | Dec 29, 2010 12:21:12 PM
Look, Wallace and the free throws I don't care about. This week though, he was out of his boot and practiced Sunday but he didn't play Monday due to what he said was a little soreness. I expect better. Also, I expected that this summer he'd add a few offensive moves that he didn't have last year. I've seen elite players do that in the offseason but it hasn't seemed he's done that. For that, I'm disappointed. Tonight though, I'll still cheer loudly for him in intro and throughout.
Posted by: SternFreejackson | Dec 29, 2010 2:32:51 PM
Yeah because players spend their entire lives to get to the NBA so they can sit out of games...riiiighhhttt. i guess im from the school that with a player like Gforce,if he says its too sore to play, it is. Just because he took his boot off doesnt mean anything. I swear sometimes you guys act more like slave drivers than fans. i could see if it was Diaw or someone who has questionable work ethic but Gforce? u guys are on crack i u think he's a slouch. And as far as offensive moves in the off season, look. Gerald is who he's gonna be. He cant go to his left and never will, mediocre shooter and always has been, great slasher, decent finisher, outstanding defender, awesome rebounder and one of the hardest working players iver ever seen lace up. His NBA peers will tell u the same. What makes him an All Star is not his offense, but his hustle plays and defense. Sit back and enjoy the show and quit trying to force square pegs in round holes.
Posted by: Randomguy | Dec 29, 2010 2:58:43 PM
look, i've never doubted how hard gerald plays. the guy has played hard for a long time. but he's not a number one guy. NOBODY walks away from game tying free throws. i don't think that has ever happened.
iverson once swallowed blood after losing a tooth to an elbow because if he opened his mouth and the refs saw the blood he HAS to come out of the game till the bleeding is stopped. so he swalled his blood. think about that.
i respect the way gerald plays the game and i've never complained about the guy outside of his early free throw shooting woes his entire time here. if the guy had left the game and had to have elbow surgery, I GET IT. the guy left the game and was right back at practice the next day. NON INJURY. i'm sorry but I can't respect that. you know that when you leave free throws for an injury that the opposing coach gets to select the shooter. you know that your bench isn't loaded with 70+% shooters. you know that everybody that coach is going to select is going to be a big man with bad %'s who is cold as ice on the bench. i just don't see it.
didn't jordan have a similar situation happen and shoot the shots left handed or something? am i confused with somebody else? idk but wallace shooting through pain is better than cold kwame coming in to shoot them. i just don't buy it. the guy plays hard, he falls a lot. he gets thrown around a lot. he takes a beating. that's part of the reason why you might think about moving him now while he still has value. that kind of game plan isn't going to hold up late in your 30's.
i just can't get over the free throw thing. i just can't. not out of a captain. a veteran. a "leader".
and the comments about his teammates tossing a little blame game around earlier in the year didn't help my perception of him right now either. the team usa tryouts started it, and he just hasn't helped himself since. he's got a shot to redeem himself starting tonight but its going to be hard for me to lose that image of him walking away from free throws and being at practice the next day.
somebody please show me where another NBA player has ever done that ever. EVER. please. show me where tom brady sits out a 4th quarter winning drive and is back at practice wednesday with no problems.
its hard to get over.
Posted by: charlottean | Dec 29, 2010 3:08:31 PM
Pre-Allstar and Team USA, I would've believed GForce. Now, I think he's drinking his own kool-aid. He feels like a made-man and doesn't have to prove anything anymore. Elite players know who they are and they continue adding to their repertoire. Dude was a warrior before that, to me.
Lebron shot those left handed FTs.
Posted by: SternFreejackson | Dec 29, 2010 3:31:52 PM
Its obvious that it is hard for you to get over. But you should. And you also shouldn't question a person's work ethic over one single incident. An incident that you really have no idea of the actual circumstances of, other than what you read in this two bit news rag.
Posted by: Randomguy | Dec 29, 2010 3:36:56 PM
Randomguy u are speaking the truth! i notice u never talk much on here but when u do its always right on!! good stuff...now lets get this win tonite!!!
Posted by: Billy S | Dec 29, 2010 4:36:36 PM
certain actions define a man. that's all i'm saying. i want the guy that swallows blood to stay in the game with the game on the line. not the p- that walks away from free throws.
think about this....diop could have been active and gerald would have been handing the other team 2 air-balls. atleast kwame hit the rim.
Posted by: charlottean | Dec 30, 2010 12:50:05 AM
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