Gerald Wallace has been a valuable part of the Boston Celtics organization all season, regardless of what has been asked of him. He's been versatile, tough and effective. And though Wallace will have season-ending surgery on his torn right meniscus in the near future, the 31-year-old isn't done trying to help out the C's.
For the time being, however, he won't be doing so on the court.
Instead Wallace made waves with his words once again Monday morning, this time speaking about the Celtic dominating most headlines recently: Rajon Rondo.
Wallace has seen Rondo from both benches, and after having gotten closer to him this year says he doesn't think Rondo should change one bit.
"I think you've got to be your own person, Wallace said. "I think that's what makes him so special. You don't want him to change."
Wallace went further, saying that, since he has become teammates with the four-time All Star, he has enjoyed playing alongside Rondo.
"I've gotten to know him and really understand him," Wallace said. "It's just his competitiveness and his will to fight and to win. ...He doesn't like to lose and that's the type of guy that you want to play with."
This all, of course, is coming from a man who hasn't held much to himself all season long. Wallace made waves early and often with the press, calling out the entire team as a whole after tough losses or whenever he saw fit.
Still, he has no bad words to say of Rondo on Monday.
"That's the type of guy you want to go to war with, the type of guy that doesn't just laugh off a loss," Wallace said.
Wallace also spoke of the recent west coast trip in which Rondo stayed overnight in Los Angeles for his birthday, rather than traveling with the team to Sacramento for a game he wasn't scheduled to play in.
Prompted to comment, Wallace replied that Rondo’s personal life wasn’t anybody’s business, and that Rondo's leadership on the court was what mattered -- not anything off the floor.
"So maybe he should or maybe he shouldn't with his personal life, but that's his personal life," Wallace said. "Everybody has their own. All I know is that when I'm on the court, that's the kind of guy I want out there with me."