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Feb 24

Gerald Wallace ‘Crashes’ Into Portland

By sarahhecht Posted in: geraldwallace
Gerald “Crash” Wallace is the newest Portland Trail Blazer.

If heart, guts and hustle are what you look for in a player, Wallace is your man. He didn’t earn the nickname “Crash” for just any reason. It’s a title earned through season after season of gritty play that pushes the limit and sometimes leads to tough bumps.

The best part about his nickname? It was given to him by devoted fans. And he feels great about it. “I feel good about it,” Wallace said.  “It's a great thing for me to get a nickname and I thought it would be fun to get the fans involved.”

Let’s take a little trip through the life and NBA times of Gerald Wallace.

The University of Alabama was his first stop after winning the Naismith Prep Player of the Year award in high school. After one season he entered the draft in 2001. With the 25th pick of the first round the Sacramento Kings selected Wallace.

His stretch in Sacramento saw Wallace getting the feel for the NBA and a 2002 trip to the Slam Dunk Contest. He placed 2nd behind Jason Richardson. Check out his sweet moves.

Three seasons into his NBA career Wallace was drafted by the Charlotte Bobcats in their 2004 expansion draft. He’s been with them since and has acted as the team captain since 2009.

By the numbers, this season Wallace is averaging 29.0 minutes, 15.6 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.0 blocks per game.

Did I mention that he’s an All-Star? Wallace was a member of the 2010 All-Star team that played in Dallas last year. He was the first Bobcat ever selected as an All-Star.

As icing on the cake, in early 2010 Wallace was selected to the USA Basketball men’s team for 2010-2012. This honor gave him the chance to represent the Red, White and Blue in the 2010 FIBA World Championships and may be his ticket to the 2012 Olympics.

With Wallace’s loaded history what do you expect to see from him? How will he contribute? As a hustle and grit kind of guy I’m excited to see how he’ll mesh into the defensive scheme we currently have. As an addition to the current lock-down of Marcus Camby, Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews we could have a potential line-up similar to a brick wall. Nothing’s getting through. A member of the 2010 NBA All-Defensive First Team is sure to frustrate any opponent.

I welcome an impressive resume like Wallace’s with open arms. Welcome to Portland Gerald. I know you’ll do us proud.

Don’t miss your first chance to see Crash in action against the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday. Get your tickets now!

11 Comments

  1. based on what i read here and what i saw on casey's show, he's a jerome kersey-like guy, maybe better; welcome crash!

    by blazerdarren77 on 2/24/2011 5:50 PM
  2. One thing we know for sure, he has a history of whoopin' the Blazers.
    He's a high IQ player and relentless worker. He's buff too, so no more slackin' in the weight room for the Blazers young guys. Don't want to be on camera sittin' next to this guy if you have weeny arms

    by Tobyus Sanchezo on 2/24/2011 6:44 PM
  3. First of all, I regard Wallace as a good player in many areas! However, I just wondering how Wallace will fit in the trailblazers team as a SF. Batum is a good one. i love him. Matthews is obviously an other one who we can trust. What trailblazers needs is a "big" guy because they are short in frontline!!! and now without joe and donte, i concern! personally, i have an opinion for the "lazy" Oden, who is out for the season. TRADE HIM FOR ANOTHER "BIG GUY" WHO CAN REBOUND AND PLAY "D" AND MAYBE NO NEED TO CONTRIBUTE IN SCORING TABLE.This is what I think 'cause L.A. is playing like a MONSTER. with Roy in the court, the blazers can really make a good run in the playoff!!!

    by Victor Cai on 2/24/2011 7:25 PM
  4. sarahhecht:

    I asked you in your last blog to give me the low down on Gerald Wallace, this blog fits the bill I thank you kindly miss sarahhecht. I am very excited.

    hg

    by Hg on 2/24/2011 7:41 PM
  5. HG: I'm glad to be of service.

    Also, thank you for reading and commenting on so many of the Blazers blogs. Your contributions to the community are invaluable.

    by sarahhecht on 2/24/2011 10:16 PM
  6. Can't wait to see what Gerald brings to the table. I hope that he continues HIS style of play, while adapting to Nate's schemes. I think he will be a great fit. And if he likes to have fun with the fans and get them involved....he came to the right city! Play well, help the community, and be an example off the court as well as on, and the Portland Trail Blazer fan base will love you forever. Great post Sarah!

    by CrazyRusty on 2/24/2011 10:37 PM
  7. Victar Cali:
    How many Micro-fracture surgeries have you had? How many split patellas’s or chipped patella's have you had? Quite a few apparently to have knowledge to call Greg Lazy

    Hg

    by Hg on 2/24/2011 11:20 PM
  8. Go Crash

    by mbmurr1 on 2/25/2011 10:17 AM
  9. I replicated this trade on NBA 2K11. The Blazers' defense went up from a C to an A-. Pretty good trade if you ask me.

    by Long Arm of the Law on 2/25/2011 11:24 AM
  10. Can we call him "Grenade" instead of "crash"? It just sounds better, plus everyone could yell BOOM! when he hammers it home.

    by powder74 on 3/5/2011 12:24 PM
  11. Grenade, hahaha. The nickname "Crash" comes from his athletic style of play, he crashes into everyone and everything. What would we base "Grenade" on?

    by sarahhecht on 3/5/2011 1:35 PM
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