When the Nets dramatically overhauled their roster this summer, the plan wasn't to put together a .500 team. But that's exactly what they are after last night's 108-93 loss to the Bucks dropped them to 14-14 this season. "We're a way better team than what our record is," Gerald Wallace said. "I'm [bleeping ticked] off about us losing, and especially the way we're losing." Wallace, now the team's power forward after coach Avery Johnson switched to smaller starting lineup Sunday against Philadelphia, did his part to try to carry the Nets to a win, finishing with eight points, 12 rebounds, eight assists and two steals while seeing the amount of ball-handling he was doing increase, thanks to the absence of Deron Williams, who sat out with a bruised right wrist. But it wasn't enough to pull the Nets out of the month-long malaise, as they've seen all of the progress they made in their 11-4 start completely evaporate in less than a month's time, thanks to a 3-10 mark in December. "It's mind-boggling that we're in the situation we're in," Wallace said. "As good of a team as we are, as good as started off ... you saw the potential we had as a team, and the talent we have as a team. And yet, still, instead of team, it's more of 'I.' " The 'I' Wallace was referring to, he said, was his teammates getting into the mindset that rather than working together as a group. "Confidence is our problem now," he said. "I think that's our main problem. Guys have got too much confidence in themselves and are not trusting in the team. "Our main thing is we've got to get back to a team concept, all for one. Offensively and defensively, when we move the ball, we execute, we take care of the ball, we make the extra pass. ... We've got to do everything as a team instead of relying on one guy to do this and one guy to do that."
Gerald Wallace rips Nets after loss to Bucks
New York Post | Dec 27