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February 02, 2012

Gerald Wallace holds a grudge against Bobcats

Ex-Charlotte Bobcat Gerald Wallace told me last winter in Portland, Ore., how betrayed he felt by his former team’s decision to trade him at mid-season. Clearly, Wallace hadn’t gotten over that as of Wednesday’s game vs. the Bobcats.

After scoring 23 points on 7-of-14 shooting, Wallace told the web site “Blazers Edge’’ the following:

“I wanted to keep going. I didn’t want to even come out of the game.’’

More Wallace: “Like I said last year, I felt like I was betrayed. I felt like I was stabbed in the back. It was my first opportunity to really play against them. You get that out of the way, and then you move forward….I’m over it now. Closure. Done. Over.’’

Posted by Observer Sports on February 2, 2012 at 02:04 PM | Permalink


Can't say I blame him. He's the closest thing the Bobcats had to a star player. You'd go to the open practices and EVERYONE was lined up to see him and get his autograph. Bobcats fans loved him.

Posted by: PantherDave | Feb 2, 2012 2:14:43 PM

Yawn. Get over it. It's a business, and the bottom line is that while he was the best player on the team, they made the playoffs once and were embarrassingly swept. Maybe he should have held a grudge against Orlando and we would have won a playoff game.

Posted by: Nick | Feb 2, 2012 2:23:42 PM

I understand him being mad at the Bobcats, but he didn't have to get back at the Bobcat fans who still love him! Lol. We suffered more than the players did after that beat down.

Posted by: Dante | Feb 2, 2012 2:33:17 PM

I love GW as a player and will always be a fan of his. But his need to understand that what the Bobcats did to him was actually a favor out of respect.

It was clear the bobcats were mediocre at best and had a huge peyroll. The only option was to rebuild. At least the Bobcats were kind/respectful enough of his talent and all he did for the team, that they sent him to Portland, where he will have at least the real possibility to play for a ring.

Posted by: RobC | Feb 2, 2012 2:36:33 PM

not sure i'd hold a grudge getting traded away from the boobcats

Posted by: charles in charge | Feb 2, 2012 2:36:37 PM

RobC is right.
The team did him a favor. He's playing in front of consistently packed houses of passionate fans on a perennial playoff team.
Bobcats aren't going to be relevant for at least another two or three seasons - by then Crash wont have much left in the tank.

Step one: Be bad, draft future All-Star (Anthony Davis).
Step two: Hire smart young coach (ala Scott Brooks).
Step three: Retain Rich Cho.
Step four: NBA moves Hornets to Seattle. Hornets name comes back to CLT.
Step five: Sign/Trade for Steph Curry.
Step six: Sell out games, make tons of money, get the city excited again.
The End/The Beginning.

Posted by: ASChin | Feb 2, 2012 3:30:22 PM

I gave up my season tickets after they made the playoffs and blew up the team. What a joke.... When you become relevant I'll then reconsider.

Posted by: PSL OWNER | Feb 2, 2012 3:54:24 PM

To ASChin:

It's never going to happen.
A) The Hornets name will never come to Charlotte
B) The Bobcats will never sell out games
C) The Bobcats will never make tons of money
D) The Queen City will never fully embrace the Bobcats

The End

Posted by: Bill Polian | Feb 2, 2012 4:53:52 PM

as a huge fan of gerald wallace from the moment they picked him in the expansion draft.......it was time. you can't rebuild with 2 30+ year olds with nagging injuries and big contracts that aren't winning. you just can't justify keeping THAT kind of team together.

and the fact that we sent him to portland was a good look for him especially after they went and got felton. they have a team eerily similar to the pistons team that won the championship. eeeeeeeeerily similar. i mean felton, matthews, wallace, aldridge, camby, batum, craig smith, jamal crawford.......that reads on the page TOO similar to billups, hamilton, prince, wallace, wallace, okur, hunter, williamson.

not saying they are as good or not as good but they have the same kind of makeup of outcasted under achieving or over achieving talent.

wallace should be happy. who holds a grudge against the guy that gave him the biggest payday ever?! that's just backwards.

not to mention he left the free throws on the line in that game last year to LOSE THE GAME over a non-injury. that's unfortunately the lasting injury of the guy i have.

Posted by: charlottean | Feb 2, 2012 5:34:33 PM

The Bobcats lose so much they'll probally end up with the worst record but lose the lottery and end up picking 3rd.

Posted by: Chris G. | Feb 2, 2012 5:38:16 PM

He plays like that every game at home. That's why he's called crash. Remember?

Posted by: God | Feb 2, 2012 6:01:09 PM

The Bobcats have sold out games this season. So try again.

Posted by: Cat's fan | Feb 2, 2012 6:03:06 PM

this is like the jealous dude trying to eff his ex girlfriend's friends to get back at her even though the girl isn't even paying attention to that mess.

better to move on like it never even happened to begin with like he was a trailblazer for life or something.

Posted by: charlottean | Feb 2, 2012 6:08:51 PM

I miss him so much that last night hurt to watch.

Selling out games against the Heat that are so full of Heat fans you'd think you were in Miami shouldn't count as 'sell-outs' by the way.

And that's coming from a STH.

Posted by: Rachel | Feb 2, 2012 6:13:09 PM

Question: What would be a bigger miracle than the Bobcats finishing this season with a .500 record?

Answer: Reading a whole comment thread without any posts by people wishing it was still 2001 and bawling & whining about wanting the Hornets name back.

IT'S NEVER HAPPENING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GET OVER IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As for Crash, I understand how he felt, even though it is a business. He probably felt he was the player we could build a contender around. Can't blame him for thinking that.

Posted by: J | Feb 3, 2012 1:58:18 PM

He had every opportunity to own that and whenever he got to the big stage, he shied away from it. He is a great number 2 or 3 guy but he's no franchise player.

Posted by: charlottean | Feb 4, 2012 3:39:01 AM

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