Brooklyn Nets: Gerald Wallace’s Tough Guy Mentality Sets Tone for Nets

November 30th, 2012 by Maxwell Ogden Leave a reply »

When the Brooklyn Nets pieced together their idea of a championship contender, many focused on the likes of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez. The truth of matter is, it is not the big-name players who make this team what they are.

It's Gerald Wallace's tough guy mentality that sets the tone for the Nets.

Although D-Will, Johnson and Lopez will garner headlines, it is Wallace who means the most to this franchise. This is why they traded away what ended up being the sixth overall draft choice in the 2012 NBA Draft to acquire him (via ESPN New York).

It's the same reason they re-signed Crash to a four-year, $40 million contract (via ESPN New York).

Although he will not overwhelm with his stat line, Wallace is one of the league's top all-around defenders. Even at the age of 30, the former Alabama Crimson Tide star is also one of the most explosive athletes in the NBA.

With that being said, Wallace's defensive and athletic abilities are not the reason he sets the tone for Brooklyn. It is the intangibles that range far beyond his physical gifts.

It is Wallace's warrior's mentality that few, if any, c ...

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