It’s been an interesting journey for Rasheed Wallace, sitting out the entire preseason while getting himself in condition, but it looks as if the veteran power forward is finally ready to don a New York Knicks’ jersey.
It’s unclear how many minutes Wallace will play, but the important thing is that he will play when the Knicks kick off their season Thursday night against the Brooklyn Nets at the brand new Barclays Center.
“I have to see what kind of flow we have in the game and who is doing what, but he will play some. No doubt about that,” Mike Woodson said on Tuesday (per ESPN’s Ian Begley).
Wallace has been retired for two years before he agreed to join the Knicks in training camp. The 15-year veteran worked his way back into shape during camp but did not play in any preseason games. Wallace has been viewed as a guy that the Knicks could work back in slowly, but that’s not the case anymore.
With Amar’e Stoudemire out 6-8 weeks following a left knee injury, the Knicks will need Wallace to contribute immediately and it is good news that he seems ready to go.
In other injury news, center Tyson Chandler practiced in a knee brace on Tuesday, but should be ready to go for the opener.
But the news isn’t as good for backup center Marcus Camby, who will likely miss Thursday’s game recovering from a calf injury suffered the third day of camp.
Camby has practiced just once since injuring his calf in the first week of camp. He missed practice on Tuesday because he had trouble traveling from his house to the training facility in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. However Woodson did say Camby must get some court time in before he is ready to play.
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