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Rasheed Wallace retires from NBA. Again. But he means it now.

Apr 17, 2013, 12:45 PM EDT

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Coach Mike Woodson basically begged Rasheed Wallace to come out of retirement and play for the Knicks this season — and for 20 games it worked. He averaged 7.2 points and 4.2 rebounds in 14.6 minutes per game giving them solid play off the bench and letting Tyson Chandler and other bigs get some rest. He yelled “ball don’t lie” and picked up technical.

But then came the foot surgery and it looked like he was done for the season. As the Knicks made roster moves throughout the season they continued to say Wallace was safe and he was — they never waived him even as they sent Kurt Thomas out to sign Solomon Jones to provide some depth for the front line.

But it didn’t work out.

Wednesday morning the Knicks announced Rasheed Wallace is retiring from the NBA. Again.

But this time he means it. This was his call, not the organization pushing him in any way.

Wallace had an impressive career, one that included a ring as a key player for the 2004 Pistons He was one of the NBA’s more entertaining and unpredictable personalities.

As for the Knicks, nothing really changes as they have been without him for a while. They have signed center Earl Barron, who started with the Wizards this season but was waived a couple days before Christmas and has been out of the league since. He’s just a body, however.

They just need to get Chandler, Kenyon Martin and ideally Marcus Camby back for the playoffs and they could make a deep run this season.

  1. shuttaman1990 - Apr 17, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    I remember him from the 2004 finals.
    Well w/e dude.
    -Signed laker fan.

  2. thenew013 - Apr 17, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    rasheed, chauncey, prince, ben and rip etc. i remember you guys used to whoop on my cavs. That was a scary good team.

  3. edwardemanuelson - Apr 17, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Please go into broadcasting ‘Sheed!

    • 4thquartermagic - Apr 17, 2013 at 3:30 PM

      Sheed will now move to hollywood and make movies.

      Seriously, look at Sheed and tell me you don’t see the future villain for Fast and Furious 8.

      Dudes 7 feet tall and angry. He’ll take on the Rock.

      • scalfor3 - Apr 17, 2013 at 11:29 PM

        I personally want Sheed to join the Wu Tang Clan

  4. larrybrown43 - Apr 17, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    If I ever remember this guy it’ll be for acting like an entitled idiot.

    • 00maltliquor - Apr 17, 2013 at 3:23 PM

      Calm down “larry brown”, you owe your one NBA championship in part due to that man…..have some respect!

      • mydoghasfleez - Apr 17, 2013 at 9:01 PM

        Very true Larry

    • fanofevilempire - Apr 18, 2013 at 6:55 AM

      Larrrry, you crazy old man, I remember when you screwed up the Knickerbockers.
      Stay away from the nba.

  5. chicitybulls - Apr 17, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    “Both teams played hard my man. ”

    Best…post game….interview….ever.

  6. circuscivics - Apr 17, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    I hope Sheed goes into coaching. According to Larry Brown, he was their coach on the floor and he felt Sheed would make a fine coach one day. One thing you can say about Sheed though, he had a passion for the game. Always gave effort on the both ends, especially the defensive end. His old college coach Dean Smith stated he was the most unselfish player he ever coached and he was maybe to unselfish.

    • badintent - Apr 17, 2013 at 11:18 PM

      He’s bi-polar. 305 techs don’t lie

  7. kw27p - Apr 17, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    Ball dont lie. Stupidest catch phrase ever. What the heck does it mean anyway

    • eboneseagles - Apr 17, 2013 at 3:14 PM

      It does make sense, it means on fouls when a guy misses he missed because the ball doesn’t lie, meaning it wasnt really a foul. Great catch phrase.

    • 00maltliquor - Apr 17, 2013 at 3:27 PM

      @ kw27p

      You must have never played ball before besides on maybe you or your friends driveway playing HORSE. It makes perfect sense and is a great phrase.

    • mydoghasfleez - Apr 17, 2013 at 9:03 PM

      Stupid phrase from a childish idiot.

  8. eboneseagles - Apr 17, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Damn,everyone was excited for his return just Monday.

  9. nashz84 - Apr 17, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    As a piston fan , that was a great run they had with sheed on the team , Thanx for the championship !! Great times !!

  10. andiroid71 - Apr 17, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    Thanks for the memories Sheed. Always played hard, was always angry, but still looked like he was having fun….go figure?

    • mydoghasfleez - Apr 17, 2013 at 9:05 PM

      “Always played hard” my azz. He’d disappear for huge sections of almost every game, pouting about something. Such a loser.

  11. j0esixpack - Apr 17, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    Too bad – although he hadn’t done anything the last few years I still didn’t rule him being a contributing bench player for the Knicks in the playoffs.

    Gotta give him respect for ending it on his own terms – and frankly I’m glad the Knicks are without him.

  12. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 17, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    He’s not going into broadcasting or Hollywood. Coach already said that he has a job on his staff if he wants it, and Sheed said earlier today that he intends to take it (he’s been effectively an assistant coach in setting the defense since he was hurt anyway).

    Just a little FYI.

    • scalfor3 - Apr 17, 2013 at 11:32 PM

      Coach Sheed is gonna be awesome

  13. savvybynature - Apr 17, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Even a couple years ago he was surprisingly effective filling in for an injured Perk for Boston in the Finals. Love me some ‘Sheed. HoFer in my book.

    • mogogo1 - Apr 17, 2013 at 6:36 PM

      Your book must be HUGE. Nice enough player, but 4 All-Star appearances over 16 seasons don’t amount to Hall of Famer. And despite playing all those seasons, he’s still nowhere near the top of any category: 96th in points scored, 77th in rebounds, 54th in minutes played…

      • scalfor3 - Apr 17, 2013 at 11:34 PM

        Sheed definitely belongs in the Hall-of-very-Good, but not HOF. He did have HOF potential though.

      • savvybynature - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:53 AM

        If only there were a “category” for defense. Metrics don’t tell the entire story my friend, nor do All-Star appearances, which are based on (mostly offensive) metrics.

  14. adoombray - Apr 17, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    ‘Sheed was just one of those guys hardcore NBA types loved everytime he both stepped on the court and in front of a mic. we’ll miss him. Thanks for never being afraid to be yourself,T’d up or not, ‘Sheed

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