We get it. New York City is a tough place to play. And Brooklyn may be the toughest borough of them all...
Gerald Wallace is a small-town guy whose fierce and fiery game gives the impression that he's probably as fearless off the court as he is on the court.
"Gerald Wallace keeps it simple and low-key, everywhere except on the basketball court.
Basketball fans know him as “Crash,” the small forward willing to give up life and limb for a loose ball — the player the Brooklyn Nets will match up against LeBron James, Paul Pierce, Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant. But the Alabama product is so frightened of New York City that he refuses to drive over the Hudson River, let alone live close to the Barclays Center.
Trips into Brooklyn require a chaperone from his home in Fort Lee.
'I have a driver,”'Wallace said. 'If I’m going to the city, that’s pretty much how I’m getting in.'"
Perhaps Billy King and Mikhail Prokhorov should arrange for some of the city's more renowned sports figures to take Wallace out on a night around the town. Odds are, he'd see that any of New York City's five boroughs would be a great place to live, not just play.
Nothing against New Jersey, but Gerald, if you're going to be playing 41 games per year in Brooklyn (not including preseason and playoffs), it might be a good idea to learn your way around Flatbush Avenue.