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Rasheed Wallace may be back after All-Star break but not at 100 percent

Feb 5, 2013, 11:50 AM EDT

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Rasheed Wallace has been out since Dec. 15 with a stress fracture in his foot. Of course, the Knicks have listed him as day-to-day that entire time, because they are the Knicks, but this was a long-term injury.

One he should start practicing with the team again after the All-Star break, reports ESPNNewYork.com. Just don’t expect him to be 100 percent, Knicks coach Mike Woodson said.

“I think he’ll be good enough to give us some productive minutes but he’ll never play real big minutes,” the coach said. “That’s the beauty of having he and (Marcus) Camby. You can play him 9, 10 minutes and as long as they’re productive, that helps us.”

Before his injury Wallace was giving the Knicks more than 14 minutes a night and 7.2 points a game. He was shooting just 38.8 percent overall but he gave them a three point threat, rebounds and defense in the paint, and he gave them good minutes. The Knicks miss those minutes and would love to get them back.

At 100 percent or not.

  1. nycalldayz - Feb 5, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Knicks knew the risk by signing older players like Wallace and Camby. These two have a history in regards to injuries. Knicks will need Sheed come playoffs. With Rondo being out for the season. The uncertainty of Rose, Granger and Bynum’s return. The Knicks have a punchers chance to compete with the Heat. So having Sheed will be key come playoffs.

    • damp1015 - Feb 5, 2013 at 6:06 PM

      Knicks currently are 31-15, Heat are 31-14 so with that it’s a puncher’s chance? The first two games Knicks played Heat (one w/o Melo) both were blowouts. I know it will not remain the same the following games to come but be serious. The Knicks have that record with multiple injuries, incorporating those players back and so forth.
      Don’t get me wrong, I know Lebron is the best in the league but give credit where it is due.
      But yes I agree, Knicks do need both Rasheed and Camby come playoffs.

    • jolink653 - Feb 6, 2013 at 12:05 PM

      The Bulls aworry me more than the Heat do…With a healthy and explosive Amare, the Knicks have the personnel and the matchups to exploit the Heat’s weakness down low and on the boards, even with Lebron playing at his best, and we blew them out twice, the second time coming in Miami without Melo or Amare…The Bulls have played the Knicks extremely well without Rose, and I think they’re gonna be a scary team whenever he gets back from that ACL because they’re a tenacious defensive team and they play physical basketball

  2. bux1022 - Feb 5, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Well we smashed the Heat twice. We are a different team! We have more than a punchers chance my friend!

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