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Report: Knicks worried Rasheed Wallace could be done for season

Jan 16, 2013, 6:30 PM EST

New York Knicks' Rasheed Wallace reacts to a referee's call against the Chicago Bulls during the first half of their NBA game in Chicago Reuters

Rasheed Wallace has been out a month now with what the team first called a “sore left foot” then later changed that to a “stress reaction” in his left foot. You’ve got to love the Knicks, they can’t even admit it’s a stress fracture when it’s a stress fracture because… who knows why? They’re the Knicks.

So when is ‘Sheed — who gave the Knicks solid minutes off the bench behind Tyson Chandler to start the season — going to come back?

Maybe the better question is will he come back? That’s what some sources told ESPNNewYork.com.

As the uncertainty surrounding Rasheed Wallace’s left foot injury lingers, members of the New York Knicks organization fear Wallace will be out for an extended period, possibly for the entire season, two league sources told ESPNNewYork.com….

“He’ll be back — but when, I don’t know,” Woodson said. “We’re gradually trying to get him back where he can run again so he can get back in a uniform. But when, we don’t know when yet.”

There is clearly some internal difference of opinion in the Knicks front office — you hear rumors they are going to get a replacement big like Kenyon Martin, but then nothing happens. Woodson helped talk Wallace back to the NBA, so he’s not eager to go get another guy.

But this is the risk of the Knicks older bench. Wallace is out for however long Wallace is out, Marcus Camby is out another two weeks at least with plantar fascia and while Amare Stoudemire is back he is not 100 percent.

Right now they aren’t doing anything, but at some point they might need to add some depth along the front line, either by free agent or trade. The Knicks have a full 15-man roster, so to bring in a free agent they would have to cut someone with a guaranteed contract (which means they would still pay him).

  1. Mr. Wright 212 - Jan 16, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Knicks fans — at least longtime ones — know that the team is always understating serious injuries. They did it with King, Ewing, Houston, LJ, Stoudemire and now with Wallace. He has a complete stress fracture. They kept floating out that it was nothing more than a strain, but he was going to be out 3-4 months from the time he last played REGARDLESS of what they were saying publicly.

    • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Jan 16, 2013 at 9:06 PM

      What matters is bouncing back and proving naysayers wrong. With or without Sheed, I think the Knicks are still headed in the right direction.

  2. rj2323 - Jan 16, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    He was having a very good season as a back up gonna be a tough loss

  3. eflem80 - Jan 16, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    Cut James White…sign Kenyon Martin….like….yesterday! Don’t know why they haven’t weeks ago. He fits EXACTLY what Woody wants, tough defender, solid rebounder, & won’t need the ball to give you 8-10 points a game. He’s also played wit like half the team at some point in the past.

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 16, 2013 at 7:22 PM

      maybe something is up with K-Mart, it could be he is not in shape yet.

      • eventhorizon04 - Jan 17, 2013 at 3:23 AM

        There are a lot of teams right now that could in theory use K-Mart (Knicks, Heat, etc.), yet nobody has signed him.

        Not being in playing shape could be an issue.

    • stoudemelo - Jan 16, 2013 at 8:54 PM

      Knicks are waiting to see if hes invited to the dunk contest then they will cut him…..

  4. fanofevilempire - Jan 16, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    a rumor is a clear sign of internal differences……………..

    oh boy!

  5. cpfirish - Jan 16, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    Who really cares?? The NBA is a complete JOKE!!!

  6. Foul Dwimmerlaik - Jan 16, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    Too bad, the Bird Man isn’t available anymore. No thanks to his off-the-court case…

  7. dysraw1 - Jan 17, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    give Robert Parrish a call as long as we are digging up dead bodys

  8. mazblast - Jan 17, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    Are the Knicks using the Mets’ crack medical staff?

  9. m3dman3 - Jan 17, 2013 at 8:00 AM

    Enter Kenyon Martin.

  10. loungefly74 - Jan 17, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    a little off topic…rasheed had the tools to be a top 10 player…of all time potential. just sayin’…

  11. qpoiu1 - Jan 17, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    It is true that K-Mart can’t strech the floor like Sheed, but they need to get him NOW

  12. max20characters - Jan 17, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    “Worried”

  13. badintent - Jan 18, 2013 at 3:33 AM

    IS Vade available ???

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