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Report: Rasheed Wallace gets to decide if he stays with Knicks

Sep 25, 2012, 10:24 AM EDT

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The decision on if the New York Knicks will keep Rasheed Wallace falls to…

Rasheed Wallace?

Yup, he gets to decide his own fate according to Marc Berman of the New York Post (and it was confirmed by Sheed’s agent).

The Knicks are willing to take a gamble on 6-foot-11 power forward Rasheed Wallace, who retired two seasons ago after finishing a disappointing one-year stint as a Celtic.

But Wallace, who worked out with Knicks players Saturday at their training facility, still has not decided whether he is willing to dedicate himself to getting himself back in NBA shape at age 38. Clearly, he’s nowhere close now.

When do I get to decide what job I want to take? Because I want to be Phil Keoghan.

I remember talking to Wallace during the finals when he was retiring after the 2010 season (he and the Celtics went to Game 7 with the Lakers), and he still loved the games and being with his teammates, but he was weary of the grind of a long NBA season — the travel, the constant conditioning, the practices and training camps. He’d done it for years, he didn’t have the passion to do it anymore. As a guy who didn’t love the conditioning when he was playing, it’s not a surprise he fell out of NBA shape after he left the league.

After being away for a couple years, does he have that passion back? Ask him. The Knicks have. The ball is in his court, he can play or he can put it down and walk away.

  1. miamatt - Sep 25, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    I always loved Rasheed Wallace, especially his, “the ball don’t lie” theory.

    That being said, how on earth is a 38 year-old Wallace who is likely FAR from being in NBA condition, going to help the Knicks? Even if he decides to play he will likely battle nagging injuries all year, as is typically the case for players who show up for camp out of shape, not to mention guys who are pushing 40.

    This is akin to the Heat’s Eddie Curry experiment last year. A nice comback story if he makes the team, but if he ever plays significant minutes in a meaningful game, avert your eyes, because it won’t be pretty.

  2. hartdaddy - Sep 25, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Hey, I always felt that the Knicks needed some crazy dudes to get them where they need to go…why not add one of NBA’s craziest! Rasheed may not play much but I know when push comes to shove he will not hesitate to punch Chris Bosh in his throat for flexing after a lay-up in the 1st quarter!

    • miamatt - Sep 25, 2012 at 12:39 PM

      Um, I’m pretty sure that ‘Sheed would have to actually get in the game to be able to do that.

      And if he’s in the game at this stage of his career, that’s a plus for whomever the Knicks happen to be playing. Actually, the Knicks themselves are a plus for pretty much any team whom they’re playing, save the lottery-bound.

  3. Mr. Wright 212 - Sep 25, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    If he could get into shape by Christmas, he’s good enough defensively to help. And can drain a few 3’s. We wouldn’t need him for much else with all the other “atha-letes” on the floor.

  4. jjacks1122 - Sep 25, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    Age and fitness questions aside, he does have far more championship/playoff experience than anyone else on the roster, aside from J Kidd. If you can’t out-super team your way through the east, you have to figure out some type of of way to get Melo and Amare to realize what it takes to get to the highest level.

  5. dysraw1 - Sep 26, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    age and conditioning i don’t know about everybody else but i think we got enough players that we should have signed 10yrs ago

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