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Report: Rasheed Wallace will sign with Knicks or nobody

Sep 28, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

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UPDATE 5:32 pm: Rasheed Wallace’s agent spoke with ESPNNewYork.com and said that other teams should not get their hopes up about Sheed — he will play for the Knicks or nobody.

“That’s my understanding, based on his relationship with Coach (Mike) Woodson,” Strickland said by phone.

A team source said Wallace has not yet signed a deal, but that something could be done by the end of the day.

The story goes on to say it was Carmelo Anthony who said Sheed took his physical and is close to signing on the dotted line.

1:04 pm: It will be so much fun, the Knicks bench is going to be able to tell stories to young players about what it was like to play basketball when everyone used actual peach baskets. And what it was like to shake Teddy Roosevelt’s hands.

It appears the Knicks are about to get older. We’ve been passing on the reports for a couple days now — Rasheed Wallace was working out with the Knicks, then the Knicks decided they wanted him so it fell to Wallace to decide if he wanted to commit to conditioning and coming back to the NBA.

Well, it may be getting one step closer. Although I’d rather predict the outcome of an NFL game with replacement refs than what Sheed will do next. But check out this tweet from Jared Zwerling of ESPN.

If the players think it is going to happen, it means Wallace is giving off that vibe.

So let’s review, Wallace, age 38, will join the Knicks bench with Jason Kidd (39), Kurt Thomas (39), Marcus Camby (38) and Argentinian “rookie” Pablo Prigioni (35).

I don’t see what could possibly go wrong there. Nope.

  1. billyblazin - Sep 28, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    Reblogged this on *5 STAR LIFE* and commented:
    BEN NEEDS TO RETIRE ALREADY!!

  2. zerole00 - Sep 28, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    Wow, they better not get in the way of a Lebron or Griffin drive or it’s going to be a disaster zone.

  3. rajbais - Sep 28, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    I do not have a problem with the old age jokes, but I have a big problem when Rasheed Wallace is called “disappointing” when he averaged 9 points in 22 1/2 minutes in Boston.

    • nycalldayz - Sep 28, 2012 at 9:47 PM

      There’s a reason why the Heat, Celtics and Lakers passed on him.

  4. cantonbound13 - Sep 28, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    Respect your elders Kurt. Maybe your articles would be more interesting if you took notes from proven writers.

  5. stayhigh_247 - Sep 28, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    I’m not even a Knick fan and I can’t wait till they prove you doubter wrong. Kidd, Kurt & Camby can still play. Defensively this team will be good. If Melo and Amare can figure it out they will cruise in the East until they run into the C’s or the Heat. Having watched the impact Kurt has of the bench first hand, they are gonna be better than people give them credit for. To me, once they get Shump back the only real weak link is Woody. Can he coach these guys well enough to beat Boston, Indy, Chicago? In a lot of ways him and Vinny Del Negro are in the same boat, although Vinny has more talent.

  6. naterich21 - Sep 28, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    Can we take the “old” labels off of the Celtics and Spurs and put them on the Knicks.

    Their only young decent player is Shumpert….o wait he’s injured.
    So the Knicks will have either average age to twilight players on getting meaningful minutes.

    Avg. Age Knicks >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Spurs=Celtics

    • marcusfitzhugh - Sep 29, 2012 at 12:13 AM

      Last year, the four oldest teams in the league went to the playoffs. The four youngest didn’t make the playoffs. (details are at hoopism)

      The ‘old’ Celtics and Spurs both went to the conference finals.

      If Sheed is better than the last guy on the Knicks bench, the Knicks should sign him.

  7. dysraw1 - Sep 28, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    the generic bench will be a laugh at times but if everyone is still standing after 82 joints watch out.

  8. claymatthewshairplugs - Sep 28, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    At least we’ll always know that both teams played hard with Sheed around.

  9. j0esixpack - Sep 28, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    Wow.

    Just wow.

  10. sportsfan83 - Sep 28, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    I’ll never understand why NBC continues to let this idiot Kurt write about the Knicks. He takes a jab at them every chance he gets. I really wonder what it takes to qualify to become a writer for NBC,maybe counting to 2 & being able to tell the difference from a dog and cat. Who cares about age,you act like all the older guys they’ve signed were given huge deals and/or will be put in the starting line up automatically. They’re role players and all have proven they can play that part and contribute enough.

  11. nycalldayz - Sep 28, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    I get the Knicks are in “win now” mode, but they’re too old, not so much a solid veteran team. I hate using the term “old” by the Knicks are the new “Golden Girls” of basketball.

  12. eugenesaxe - Sep 29, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    It’s cute that he thinks he has options.

  13. damp1015 - Sep 30, 2012 at 3:45 AM

    It is rather hilarious that people consistently criticize the Knicks. Yet the Heat have acquired “Veterans” on the “Championship” team, players who were just roster fillers and plain benchwarmers also known as the ones who they put in to blantantly clothesline a Pacer(Stephenson).

    At least the “Veterans” the Knicks acquired are going to put in work. I’m not saying they are the new Champs, but they will make it past round one regardless of the opponent.

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