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Injuries may force Knicks to turn to Rasheed Wallace

Oct 27, 2012, 6:30 PM EDT

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When news broke that Amar’e Stoudemire might be out longer than expected with a left knee injury, Rasheed Wallace being drafted into action before he appears ready for it certainly was a possibility.

With Stoudemire and Marcus Camby definitely out, and Tyson Chandler possibly out for opening night, the Knicks simply don’t have very many options.

Now, with New York tipping off its season just four days from now, the team is taking a closer look at Wallace, and pushing him to be ready for some real work off the bench come Wednesday night.

From Nate Taylor of the New York Times:

Wallace has not done a lot on the court since retiring after the 2010 N.B.A. finals. He did not play in the preseason because of his lack of fitness. On Friday he participated in halfcourt sets with his teammates for the first time. Woodson expects to push Wallace again Saturday by having him run the full court in a scrimmage with the team for at least 20 minutes.

This was not the plan Woodson envisioned when Wallace joined the team Oct. 3. On that day, the Knicks hoped Wallace could bring a veteran presence, help teammates throughout the season and work his way into shape for the postseason.

The Knicks are already looking at starting the league’s oldest player in Kurt Thomas, but he’s at least been active since his tenure began back in 1995. Thomas even appeared in 53 games for Portland a season ago, and averaged 15.2 minutes per contest.

As if Wallace’s two-year absence from the NBA wasn’t enough of a concern, it’s been apparent this preseason that he has a long way to go to work himself into game shape.

Carmelo Anthony summed things up succinctly (and with a laugh) when asked if Wallace was a viable option for the opener.

“I don’t think we have a choice right now,” he said.

  1. charlescub80 - Oct 27, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    Is Isaiah Thomas still working his magic?

  2. hojo20 - Oct 27, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Call Brad Miller.

  3. doctorfootball - Oct 27, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    Chris Copeland is a better option. He’s in shape. And he was the Knicks best player in the preseason.

    • eugenesaxe - Oct 27, 2012 at 10:17 PM

      You’re a better option than Wallace.

  4. passerby23 - Oct 27, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    This is going to cost the Knicks playoff seeding.

  5. clevelandschronic2 - Oct 27, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    Another reason why the knicks will b a 6th seed at best and out in the first round of the playoffs again every year till stat and melo are split apart. 2 overpaid players one of which is injury prone(Stat). N the other jus doesnt know what a pass or defense is(melo) lol. And 90% of the fans are too blind to realize you got what u asked for by grabbing melo and amare u got ur big names (coughs) stars now enjoy as we laugh

  6. nysportsexchange - Oct 27, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    I wish coaches would more easily turn to the younger option. When that does happen there are sometimes pleasant surprises. I guess job security is why they turn to the aging vet more often. http://nysportsexchange.blogspot.com/

  7. clevelandschronic2 - Oct 27, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    Pretty sad when a team can walk into new york and already be a better team than the knicks.

  8. deenice810 - Oct 28, 2012 at 6:50 AM

    They could always get Shaq to come back. He’s the same age as Rasheed Wallace.

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