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Rasheed Wallace hits a three in first Knicks action (VIDEO)

Nov 3, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

It was quite a night for Knicks fans at Madison Square Garden. The home team blew out the defending world champion Heat, and the fans chanted their way into seeing Rasheed Wallace take the floor for the first time as a member of the Knicks.

Sheed isn’t yet in game shape, and isn’t likely to be playing heavy rotation minutes anytime soon. But in a blowout, with the fans loudly chanting his name, head coach Mike Woodson gave Wallace the option of checking in to get a few meaningless minutes in.

“You want to play, Rasheed?” Woodson asked. “You want to play some? Let’s go.”

Wallace gave the fans all they could want, draining a three after a pump fake with under a minute to play to push the Knicks lead back to 20.

Brian Scalabrine might be Wallace’s closest on-court comparison these days, but Knicks fans will take it at this early stage of the season.

This was a weird game for Miami; if you listened to the team’s quotes at the morning shootaround, it was obvious they weren’t really into it considering all that was going on in New York with people still struggling through the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

  1. Mr. Wright 212 - Nov 3, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    I had to doublecheck and make sure Kurt didn’t write this.

  2. Mr. Wright 212 - Nov 3, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    With the “Miami beat themselves” or “Miami let them win out of sympathy” inference…

  3. nomorsacbball - Nov 3, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    ha, Mr. Wright I did the same thing. I’ve never heard of a championship caliber team letting another team win out of sympathy.

  4. marcusfitzhugh - Nov 3, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    The Heat weren’t into it because of all that was going on in the city? What a lame excuse. News flash – The Heat is the team from Miami. The Knicks are from NY. What’s the excuse for the next Miami loss? They won’t be into that game because of unrest in Pakistan? Or will they be upset about Libya? Worried about Iranian sanctions? Please.

    The truth is Miami came into the city and got a serious beat down. Period. They better not sleep on the 0-2 Nuggets tonight or they’ll both be 1-2.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Nov 3, 2012 at 4:21 PM

      Exactly. Last year is over. Knicks have the most depth in the NBA and aren’t the same team from last year. Nuggets have the second most depth. We’ll hear excuses galore WHENEVER the Heat lose, for some reason.

  5. watermelon1 - Nov 3, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    Did someone honestly just compare Rasheed Wallace to Brian freaking Scalabraine?

  6. charlescub80 - Nov 3, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    Yes, Rasheed made the comment himself.

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