New Jersey Nets: Gerald Wallace Continues to Work Hard No Matter Where He Plays

Karthik TadisinaSenior Writer IApril 24, 2012

Gerald Wallace.
Gerald Wallace.Chris Chambers/Getty Images

Why is it important for NBA players to remain professional at all times?

Being professional might allow for a longer professional basketball career, and one may get a better reputation for being able to remain positive no matter the situation at hand.

The NBA has shown that it is a business first. Players can be traded, waived and/or released at almost any time, so being able to make the best out of any situation is a great attribute to have.

The NBA should show their fans more examples of how being able to adjust into different situations is something that not all players can do.

One name that comes to mind is veteran forward Gerald Wallace of the New Jersey Nets.

Wallace started the season with the Portland Trail Blazers but was dealt to the Nets at the trade deadline in exchange for the contracts of Shawne Williams and Mehmet Okur (since waived) along with a 2012 protected first-round draft pick.

Wallace is averaging 15.5 points to go along with 6.7 rebounds per game with New Jersey in his 11th NBA season.

Wallace has a player option for next season (worth around $11.4 million), which brings up the question of whether he is going to hang around in New Jersey/Brooklyn next season, or take less money to sign with a contender.

Wallace has been on the rebuilding platform before when he was with the Bobcats for almost six-and-a-half years, where he became an all-around leader on a young team searching for their identity.

Wallace may be willing to do it once again with the Nets and would be a great role model for the younger players on the team.