It’s always hard for guys to retire. Well, some guys, anyway. The 38 year old Rasheed Wallace has been working out at the Knicks practice facility and may be making a come back.
For those of you saying Wallace has nothing left in the tank, consider the fact that the Knicks already have a few guys on the roster that the same could be said of. Jason Kidd is on his last legs and is 39, Marcus Camby is 38 and gimpy yet effective, and Kurt Thomas is still plugging away at age 39, as well.
So, Wallace would fit right in, even if he needs ice after every practice and a walker to get back to his car. The Knicks are looking to make waves right now, and signing grizzled veterans falls right in line with that. Besides that, I’m sure Wallace can still play. He’ll be good for some threes and some rebounding, and the Knicks could use the added depth in the front court. It’s one more big body to throw at division rival Philadelphia’s Andrew Bynum.
Bynum will be countered by the other teams in the East the same way Dwight Howard was when he was with the Magic. Teams will need six more fouls from a seven footer to throw at Bynum, and Wallace helps that cause.
I’m not going to make any real bold predictions regarding Wallace’s impact. He’ll likely be good for something to the tune of eight points per game and a few rebounds, but if he signs a min vet contract, that’s a bargain. The Knicks are wise to be jumping on the Wallace train, in short.