I know a lot of Bobcat fans are very upset about Gerald Wallace aka “Crash” being traded. That is totally understandable. He has been with us from the start and has been our best player hands down! There is no question, Crash will be missed. I just want to make sure before fans start burning their MJ Jerseys, they understand some of the possible reasons this trade might have been a necessary move.
- 2 Starting Small Forwards Yes, Stephen Jackson is playing the 2 guard but he’s naturally a small forward. Now we can argue all day on which one should have been traded, but I personally would have kept Jackson as well. Mainly because we are still one of the lowest scoring teams in the NBA. Jackson is a better offensive player than Gerald Wallace is, so I feel he suits us better.
- Let the kids play We all know we are only young once. We have some young talent that really has potential.They will never reach their peak sitting on the pine. Gerald Henderson/Tyrus Thomas both are very good defensive/athletic players just like crash is. (Am I saying they are better? No). I am saying that collectively they can fill that void that everyone feels will be missed with Gerald gone. Remember, the earlier you read to your baby, the earlier they will learn how to talk. (At least thats what I always heard). It was either get rid of the older veteran player, or get rid of your future. What would you have done?
- Wins don’t lie Its very easy to do, but you can’t ignore the fact that when Gerald was injured this season, we still won games! On the road, and at home. If he was such a valuable piece to us still, we would have looked like the Cavs while he was out and we all know, that is not the case. You can’t mix business and friendship in the NBA. MJ was just joking and playing with Gerald during practice a day ago. Now he’s a Portland Trailblazer. Dirty? Not at all… Business? You better believe it!
- Go for the GUSTO! Though Crash is a very talented player, he is not a “Go to guy”. (If you disagree, tell me 1 game where we handed Gerald the ball with the clock running down and he hit a buzzer beater to win the game. Even DJ, Felton, and Jackson has done it at least once). A “Go to guy” is what we are missing. That’s what we need. That’s what we shall receive! Now that is… We couldn’t have went after anyone this off season if we held on to all of these expensive contracts. MJ will go after a offensive “star” this off season. He even admitted it in his letter he sent out. I have a few names in mind, but for now, I’ll keep them to myself.
So I’ll end by saying just like everyone else, I appreciate all the effort Crash put fourth for our team and our city. I wish him much success in Portland. I really think he can help them get to another round with just his energy and hustle alone! So on that note, Congrats to him and the Portland Trailblazers!