Gerald Wallace had spent the last six and a half seasons with the Charlotte Bobcats before he was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers at the trade deadline. Even though the former All-Star and relentless competitor went from a 26-win team to a 35-win team, he wasn’t happy about being traded. Earlier, he vented to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer about having to suddenly leave his team and move across the country:
“Basically, you feel betrayed by somebody you love,’’ Wallace told the Observer before Saturday’s Blazers-Bobcats game. “I totally didn’t see it coming. I’d been there seven long years and then you feel like you’re not wanted anymore. That’s a bad situation to be in, especially for me, who committed so much to the organization.”
“I understand the situation – it’s a business and they’re looking to start all over. They wanted cap room, and I guess I was the logical answer for them trying to get draft picks.’’
Fans talk all the time about how they feel “betrayed” by players who choose to leave in free agency or force a trade to another team. Wallace seems to think that teams should be held just as accountable as players are for putting business above loyalty.