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Monday, November 19, 2012
Wallace has the 'Call of Duty' off the court

By Jared Zwerling

Brooklyn Nets starting small forward Gerald Wallace returned to action Sunday night against the Kings, after missing six straight games with a sprained left ankle.

But his hands and fingers were working just fine since last Tuesday to play Call of Duty's just-released title "Black Ops II." For years, Wallace has been a die-hard fan of the COD video game franchise, and he sometimes plays through the night at his home in Fort Lee, N.J.

Wallace spoke about his biggest off-the-court passion with ESPNNewYork.com last Wednesday night at a TopSpin charity event in New York City.

Your teammate, Deron Williams, says all you do is play Call of Duty.

That’s all I do. I’m waiting to get home now to play it.

How many hours do you play in a day?

It depends how much time I’m home. Whenever I'm at home, I’m playing. I usually play until like 3, 4 o’clock in the morning.

Does your coach, Avery Johnson, know that?

All I do is sleep anyway, so they know if I’m not playing the games, I’m getting my rest.

What made you a fan of the game?

I happened to pick it up in the store a couple years back, and I got online with a couple of my friends, and we’ve been playing ever since.

Do you play online?

Yeah. That’s all we do. I have my own clan.

With guys around the league?

Most are them are family and friends back home.

Who on the Nets plays?

Deron, Hump [Kris Humphries], MarShon [Brooks], Keith [Bogans], Tyshawn [Taylor]. Guys are starting to get into it. Deron is pretty good. I haven’t seen the rest of the guys play.

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