On the court he was erratic, displaying more misses than makes, more hesitation than spunk.
It wasn't working.
Then he came to a realization.
He needed to stop worrying about fitting in or offending people. He needed to be himself.
"Being myself is the reason they wanted me here," Wallace said. "When I first came here, I was playing more tense, I really wasn't comfortable with everything."
So Gerald Wallace changed.
As a result, so too did the Trail Blazers, and their season.
On the court, Wallace has shown so much versatility, so much effort, and so much toughness that he has transformed the Blazers from a middling playoff team to one that has shown it can beat anybody.