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Report: Knicks considering signing Rasheed Wallace. What could go wrong?

Sep 23, 2012, 11:04 AM EDT

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Rasheed Wallace, coming back from the… wherever he was during retirement, to join the Knicks?

It sounds like an Isiah Thomas fantasy that only James Dolan would find interesting, but it is apparently closer to reality than you might think, tweets ESPN’s Ric Bucher.


Remember that last season, around January, both the Lakers and Heat took a look at Wallace, then both decided to pass.

I don’t think the question is “can ‘Sheed still help a team as the third big off the bench?” Remember when last we saw ‘Sheed, he was maybe the Celtics’ best player in a Game 7 loss to the Lakers in the 2010 NBA finals. He’s can score and defend in the paint but has shooting range out to the three point line. When he walked away from the game at age 35 he was still a serviceable big man

The question has been what kind of shape is he in after a couple years off? Let’s be honest, Sheed didn’t exactly love the practice and conditioning parts of the NBA grind before.

He wouldn’t have to play a lot, the Knicks have Tyson Chandler starting at the five and Marcus Camby behind him, plus they already have Kurt Thomas in the “aging big man who can still play some” slot. Josh Harrellson is gone, so maybe Sheed can be an older version of him.

We’ve been down the “will he/won’t he?” road with Sheed a few times. I’d say it’s not likely, but this is the Knicks. So maybe. Pretty much no outcome would surprise me.

  1. therealhtj - Sep 23, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Sheed outta money already? Never woulda seen that coming . . .

  2. acdc363 - Sep 23, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Please do it NY!

  3. eflem80 - Sep 23, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    In the role their asking him to fill….can’t hurt them at all. He’ll either have a positive effect or no effect at all.

  4. money2long - Sep 23, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    if the basketball minds in NY feel he can contribute, then pull the trigger. the knicks need the grit to add to their defensive schemes. kurt thomas plays with an attitude, tyson chandler looks to play with an edge, add sheed to that mix and i’m starting to like this dimension. the big men on the bench may not be their young spry selves, but if they can make an impact on defense then what the heck. everyone is always hesitant and skeptical when judging someone of wallace’s age, especially when you take a hiatus from the league…if anything, i think rasheed has become a fan favorite and i can bet the fans of new york will take a liken to him. his attitude sorta bodes well for the city.

  5. dysraw1 - Sep 23, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    adding another big is an should be the objective, especially with the likes of Bynum & Hibbert in the east. but the question is if Sheed a live body anymore.

  6. michaeljordanseviltwin - Sep 23, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    LAST SEASON? Do you mean that time TWENTY-EIGHT months ago when he wasn’t good enough to help the Celtics win a game against an ice cold Lakers team? Dude is beyond washed up.

    Therefore, I’d love to see the Knicks sign him and give him big minutes this season.

  7. wu360 - Sep 23, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    God knows we need something, where’s Oakley and Mason when we need them lol.

  8. wu360 - Sep 23, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    Really? Why waste the money, let’s put Spike out there!

  9. stoudemelo - Sep 24, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    No big man loved the game like Sheed.

    NY is working on getting their defensive hard nose image back. Sheed and Kurt are a great start. Amare and Tyson everyday in practice against two guys who will knock your head off. Love it

  10. knightrider1755 - Sep 24, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    I guess Tracy McGrady was too young for that lineup.

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