Knicks’ Sheed done for season following foot surgery
Rasheed Wallace will be out rehabbing from the surgery to repair the fracture fifth metatarsal in his right foot for at least eight weeks, which means he could end up missing the remaining regular season as well as the first week of playoffs, if the New York Knicks make it that far.
Despite over a month and half long absence, the New York Knicks still anticipated Rasheed Wallace’s return anytime this season. This week, Rasheed Wallace also took part in some aspects of the practice. But the New York Knicks seemed to give up hope on Rasheed Wallace’s return this season when the team signed bigman Kenyon Martin to a 10-day contract on Saturday.
The New York Knicks had coaxed Rasheed Wallace out of a two-year retirement earlier last summer by signing him to a one-year’s veteran minimum contract. For the better part, RAsheed Wallace’s defensive presence had been vital for the New York Knicks, who failed to maintain their defensive efficiency of 97.1 points allowed per 100 possessions, which increased to 104.1 points per 100 possessions, with Rasheed Wallace sidelined. Up Until his injury Rasheed Wallace had been averaging .2 points and 4.2 rebounds in 14.6 minutes over 20 games this season.
While was sidelined, the New York Knicks were reportedly split over cutting the 15-year veteran, with signs of a return fading every day. However, New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson remained a staunch supporter of Rasheed Wallace.
"He's gone through so much work to try and get back on the floor and then this happens," said Mike Woodson.
League sources believe the New York Knicks will still keep Rasheed Wallace under contract. But if the current the Atlantic Division leading New York Knicks, who’ve lost four of the five last games, decided to bring in some help they’d either have to cut a player to open up a roster spot or re-sign Kenyon Martin.
Currently, Mike Woodson said that the New York Knicks weren’t considering cutting Rasheed Wallace this season.
"The only thing I've thought about right now is his health and going through the surgery successful and seeing what happens from there," Woodson said.
In fact, Mike Woodson is still clinging on to the belief that Rasheed Wallace can make a return by the postseason.
"I'm hoping, yes. If the surgery is successful then he's got to put forth the effort to rehab and we'll welcome him back when he's ready to go,” said Mike Woodson. "He's just got to stay mentally tough and put in the work and see what happens."