Tyson Chandler welcomes prospect of Rasheed Wallace as New York Kicks player
Center Rasheed Wallace worked out with the New York Knicks on Saturday and is reportedly considering signing with the team. After seeing Rasheed Wallace workout, Tyson Chandler was confident that the 38-year-old could help out the New York Knicks this season.
“He looked good,’’ stated Tyson Chandler regarding Rasheed Wallace’s performance. “Rasheed can be a great addition to us.”
There has been a significant gap since Rasheed Wallace’s last game against the Boston Celtics in the 2010 Playoffs Finals, but he appears to be was in an even better shape than his last season in the league.
Tyson Chandler is aware that the New York Knicks could use the 6-foot-11 Rasheed Wallace’s presence on the defense at the post.
“I hope he (comes). I don’t know what the situation is,” expressed Tyson Chandler regarding Rasheed Wallace’s prospect of joining the Ne w York Knicks, “but he’s a great communicator on defense and we know he can knock down the open 3 and jump shot.’’
Moreover, Tyson Chandler believed that Rasheed Wallace will be successfully able to build chemistry with the “backups.”
“To have myself and Amar’e (Stoudemire) with Marcus Camby and Rasheed as backups,” said Tyson Chandler. “That’s pretty nice.”
Although Tyson Chandler can’t be expected to play major minutes, he will still add experience at the position, allowing the New York Knicks to lean on him when faced by injuries.
Rasheed Wallace is also familiar to working with New York Kicks coach Mike Woodson, who served as Larry Brown’s assistant while with the Detroit Pistons.
The New York Kicks have already signed 19 players with 13 on guaranteed contracts with the team. Just two vacancies remain to seal the maximum number of 15 guaranteed contracts.
For that matter, the New York Kicks have been actively trying to sign veteran players and even showed interest in Kenyon Martin. But that appears to be a distant dream since Kenyon Martin is demanding more than the $1.7 million veterans minimum contract the New York Kicks offered Rasheed Wallace.
Rasheed Wallace’s agent Bill Strickland revealed that the player is “his own man” who is responsible for his own decisions. Bill Strickland stated that he hasn’t entered in “formal discussions” with the New York Kicks and his role is only as a “facilitator” rather than an “advisor” to Rasheed Wallace.