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It’s official: Rasheed Wallace to be part of Knicks training camp

Sep 29, 2012, 6:37 PM EDT

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Rasheed Wallace, New York Knick.

If he can make it there… well, let’s wait and see if he can make a difference there before we move on with the song.

We’ve been telling you for days this was coming, now it’s official in the sense that Rasheed Wallace has agreed to a deal that he will sign on Monday, meaning he will be part of the New York Knicks training camp next week, the New York Post confirms.

Wallace has told the Knicks he has elected to come out of retirement and join their training camp, according to an NBA source.

The 6-foot-11 Wallace, who worked out with the Knicks over the weekend, retired two years ago after a disappointing season with the Celtics. The Knicks are expected to announce the signing Monday at Media Day. The first practices begin Tuesday.

Will he still be with the team in February? Well, if you want to bet on what ‘Sheed is going to do next you go right ahead. I have no prediction. There is no outcome here that can surprise me, and that includes alien abduction.

Rasheed was a decent backup big man for the Celtics when we saw him a couple seasons ago — 9 points a game and a PER of 13.1, but he shot 28 percent from three. Then he stepped up in the playoffs, shooting 34.5 percent from deep and stretching the floor for Boston. He may have been the best Celtics player in Game 7 of the finals against the Lakers.

Reports out of Knicks workouts have been that he is shooting the ball well and impressing teammates, but that he is out of shape. Conditioning was not ‘Sheed’s strength when he was in the NBA and so being out for a season couldn’t have helped. But if he did get back in shape…

Then the Knicks would have five guys on the bench over age 35. Seriously. I can’t imagine what would go wrong there.

  1. money2long - Sep 29, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    i wish him the best in his comeback efforts.
    if this knicks team was on that “The Association” show, how could you NOT watch ?

  2. liljere24 - Sep 29, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    Ball don’t lie!!!!!

  3. dysraw1 - Sep 29, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    the last piece of the puzzle ladies and gentlemen i hope that i am wrong but i don’t see this turning out well. nothing against Rasheed but it sort of reminds of feeling i had when we signed B-diddy

  4. sportsfan83 - Sep 29, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    ‘Then the Knicks would have five guys on the bench over age 35. Seriously. I can’t imagine what would go wrong there.’

    Exactly the bench & you forgot to mention that most of these 5 guys can still contribute and that the bench also has Ronnie Brewer,J.R Smith & Steve Novak 3 guys who can play great at times off the bench. You have this obsession with bashing the Knicks and talking about how old they are. Like another person stated in your last bash on Wallace joking NY,the 4 oldest teams in the league made the playoffs while the 4 youngest didn’t.

  5. damp1015 - Sep 30, 2012 at 3:22 AM

    Well I guess we will have to wait and see when the season starts. I don’t see what is wrong with having players who are older. They do serve a purpose, especially Kidd & Camby. Both are teachers in their own right for their respective positions.
    I know one things Knicks seem to be doing is acquiring hard Defensive player to clog up the paint. We were killed last year, and with the Heat this is crucial. Yes they can score around the perimeter however, the paint hurt us more if I am not mistaken.

  6. davidly - Sep 30, 2012 at 5:14 AM

    How you gonna stop Joe Barry Carroll?

  7. crowheem - Sep 30, 2012 at 8:33 AM

    Rasheed, K. Thomas, Kid and Camby will be a great reserve package, but without a 90-100% Shumpart, and a point guard that can take over a game, we will still be a first round and out playoff team, Stoudemire must know his roll on the court, and stop trying to out-do Melo, we are still in need of a point guard!

  8. omniusprime - Sep 30, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    It’s official, the Knicks will hire any piece of trash for their team. After hiring, then firing, the most Linept player in NBA history they now have taken on the overaged, over aged Rasheed Wallace. Yeah what could possibly go wrong with that clueless decision? Looks like more cellar dwelling for the Knicks. Go Lakers!

  9. naterich21 - Sep 30, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    You know what, they should bring back Ewing too

  10. rocirius - Oct 5, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    Who is b-diddy?

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