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‘Sheed finally in shape enough to practice with Knicks

Oct 23, 2012, 2:21 PM EDT

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Three weeks of intense conditioning has finally gotten Rasheed Wallace in shape enough to step on a basketball court.

Rasheed Wallace practiced with the Knicks on Tuesday. So tweets Jonah Ballow of

The Knicks signed Wallace a few weeks back, but to a non-guaranteed contract, in part because of conditioning concerns. After a couple seasons out of the league, he wasn’t exactly in game shape. To put it kindly. But after a few weeks of intensive conditioning he got on the court for practice. It’s a start.

The Knicks have a preseason game on Wednesday night, but I wouldn’t bet on him playing. Not that I want to get in the business of predicting anything related to ‘Sheed, just my sense that usually one practice is a long way from playing in a game.

A guy you might see Wednesday is J.R. Smith, who didn’t travel with the team on a recent road trip after tweaking his Achilles, but he did practice on Tuesday. When the season starts next week the Knicks are counting on him for big minutes, if not as a starter then as the sixth man. They need him back.

  1. Mr. Wright 212 - Oct 23, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    Good deal.

  2. skids003 - Oct 23, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Boy, the talent pool must be really in the crapper.

  3. mogogo1 - Oct 23, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    First off, how out of shape would you have to be for it to be three solid weeks before they’d even let you step onto the floor with the team? I’d think you could be in awfully poor shape and still huff and puff through practice. They must have been afraid he’d keel over.

    Second, I can almost see a team taking a chance on ‘Sheed if he came to them with a new attitude, looking like he couldn’t wait to get out there and prove something. But he’s in terrible shape and the Knicks STILL can’t wait to give him a shot? Only the Knicks…

  4. dysraw1 - Oct 23, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    getting JR. is imperative at this stage, we need that option to open things up. at first i thought that Woody was right that JR. would be more of a help off the bench. but all thats happen and not having enough to stretch the D, perhaps they should reconsider.

  5. libertynchurch - Oct 23, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    Look at the Unsigned and Overseas lists, and then understand that ‘Sheed was out several seasons and still
    had his choice of several teams. My guess is that he still has something left. He will not go at a lot a great 4’s. He will be OK.

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