Rasheed Wallace potentially done for season
Rasheed Wallace has been out since 15th December with an injury the New York Knicks initially described as a “sore left foot” but upgraded to “stress reaction” after rumors started flying about the injury actually being a “stress fracture.”
New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson expected Rasheed Wallace to start running this week, the 15-year veteran has been behind in his timetable and could now be out for an extended period.
"He'll be back — but when, I don't know," said Mike Woodson in London on Wednesday. "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."
Although the New York Knicks are reportedly concerned about Rasheed Wallace’s injury they are still holding out hope of Wallace’s return this season. Mike Woodson has been a strong advocate of Rasheed Wallace and even coaxed the All-Star out of a two year retirement by signing a veteran’s minimum contract with the New York Knicks.
Then there are those who believe that it would be lot less waste of time and effort if the New York Knicks went froth on replacing Rasheed Wallace with a free agent. According to league sources, it is an idea that still has not been shot down by the organization, and among those the New York Knicks appeared to have interest in pursuing is 35-year-old free agent Kenyon Martin.
Of lately, the New York Knicks have lacked depth at the front court due to piling injuries; including Marcus Camby’s foot (out 2-4 weeks) and Amar’e Stoudemire recovering from offseason knee surgery. Additionally, Raymond Felton could return somewhere in late January due to a finger fracture while Iman Shumpert (knee) is just marking his season debut in returning form knee injury against the Detroit Pistons on Thursday.
But the New York Knicks could end up giving Rasheed Wallace time to recover from the foot injury before they make some hasty decisions of replacing him. Moreover, if the New York Knicks wanted to add a free agent, they’d have to make space on the 15-man roster.
However, all 15-active players on the New York Knicks roster have guaranteed contracts and Rasheed Wallace’s contract became fully guaranteed only earlier this month.
When Rasheed Wallace first sustained the latest injury, he said it occurred as a result of aggravating a previous foot injury. Initially, Rasheed Wallace remained day to day with the foot injury but by last month, he was believed to be in progress for a return. Now, he’s reportedly having trouble “pushing off” the injured left foot.
"It's not my call,” Rasheed Wallace said when asked again about his expected return on Wednesday.
However, when he’s been healthy, Rasheed Wallace’s had a strong defensive presence in the post for the New York Knicks and has been of very productive coming off the bench. In 20 appearances this season, Rasheed Wallace has averaged 7.2 points and 4.2 rebounds while logging 14.6 minutes per game.