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May 16

Trail Blazers' Favorite Moments: Gerald Wallace

By sarahhecht Posted in: geraldwallace, PattyMills
Gerald Wallace’s 2010-2011 season can be described in one word: change.

Starting as a Charlotte Bobcat and ending as a Portland Trail Blazer. Opposite coasts, opposite conferences.

As the face of the Charlotte franchise, “Mr. Bobcat” didn’t expect to be traded. Eleven minutes before the trade deadline expired his world turned over. He was headed to Portland.

He hopped on a plane in the middle of the night and arrived at PDX the next morning to a warm welcoming committee. He seemed nervous. A feeling I imagine is shared by many players traded during the season.

Being traded to Portland is different. I don’t think it’s possible for anyone to know what to expect from the Trail Blazers fans. Yeah, players hear what it’s like, they get a taste of Rip City when they play in the Rose Garden. But to truly comprehend what it’s like to have 20,000 plus chanting your name... you can’t know until it really happens.

From all of the upheaval and variance in Wallace’s career came his favorite memory of the season, the entire thing.

“This has been a memorable season for me,” Wallace said. “To start where I started, to go through the things that I went through as far as the trade and everything, and then to come here and finish the way I did, I think is all been memorable for me. It’s something that I’ve never been through and it’s an experience that I’ll never forget.”

Trail Blazers faithful know exactly what he means when he says “finish the way I did.”

If you’re not quite sure what he means, or you just want to bask in Gerald Wallace highlight reel glory, you don’t have to look far. Trailblazers.tv is loaded with his acrobatic plays, rim-bending dunks and long range three pointers.



And last but not least, no interview would be complete without a little bit of Patty Mills.

Mills, who lovingly calls Wallace “Wally,” had a different take on Gerald’s favorite moment. “When I gave him a hug,” Patty said.

I guess he was right... “Meeting Patty Mills,” Wallace quickly amended with a laugh. There’s no doubt of the bond between the two.

Even with all the changes, it’s safe to say Wallace has adjusted well.

6 Comments

  1. I'm still waiting for someone to make Gerald Wallace a "Wall-e" movie poster sign since Patty loves to call him Wally so much!

    by DHawes22 on 5/16/2011 3:12 PM
  2. Great to hear Gerald's going to move his family out here in the summer. I think we need to give Patty and the rest of the guys a huge round of applause for making Crash feel so welcomed on the team. Not sure if anyone else watched the ESPN show following the C's this year, but really only Ray Allen welcomed in Jeff Green with open arms. So, we really have a special group of guys on our hands.

    by ClydeFrog on 5/16/2011 3:32 PM
  3. Thank you Miss Sarah.

    Very good blog and I am delightful to hear from you.

    I can see all the game changing and closing that GW will bring us, everybody is worried about what that will do to or for Batum, but I think Batum is a warrior like Wally that just needs to go through combat training in special forces. Hey, Have I ever told you how much I like Batum LOL?

    Thank you again Miss Sarah.

    Mr Harold Tee Hee

    by Hg on 5/16/2011 3:50 PM
  4. Kick A$$ Video!!! GW is the such a BEAST and I couldn't be any happier to have him here! Great highlights and what song is that? It fit well, kudos editor. ;)
    I love the hustle play at the end with Crash and Wes.. hustling....those 2 guys are the best thing to happen to the Blazers last season and I'm very excited about next year!!!

    by DPR Rip City on 5/16/2011 8:29 PM
  5. i can't imagine what it's been like being on the road that has been Crash's career. from going to school in alabama, starting his career in sacramento, being the face of the franchise in charlotte, then returning to the west coast in the middle of the season to play for the blazers. i hope he's here for a long time. he's bound to receive more hugs than from Patty!

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 5/17/2011 12:01 PM
  6. I agree with DPR. We only got a small taste of what the team can be like with Wallace. Can you imagine how good we could be with a full season's worth of Crash?

    by ClydeFrog on 5/17/2011 2:29 PM
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