There wasn’t much not to like about the New York Knicks season opening win against the Miami Heat Friday night, but one of the best moments came long after the game was decided.
Late in the fourth quarter, with the Madison Square Garden faithful chanting his name, Knicks’ head coach Mike Woodson turned to 38-year old Rasheed Wallace and gave him his first run in an NBA game in over two years.
The crowd at the Garden went nuts and Wallace ended up draining a three to send those that attended the game home even happier.
Wallace still needs to work himself into better game shape and it’s still unclear what type of role Wallace will have long-term, but ‘Sheed doesn’t care. He’s always been about winning and will do whatever it takes to help this Knicks team succeed.
“I’ll just take whatever role Coach Woodson gives me,” Wallace said. “I’m too old to be taking attitudes, thinking I should be averaging 25 points or so-and-so minutes. It ain’t about that. It’s about the overall win. … I accept my Brian Scalabrine role. I’m cool with that.”
‘Sheed comparing himself to Scalabrine is funny to begin with, but it’s a compliment to a guy like Scalabrine, who has always been a team guy throughout his career.
With Amar’e Stoudemire out for a lengthy period of time, I would expect Wallace to eventually have a bigger role on this team, but like ’Sheed said, it is all about winning and if that keeps happening, everyone will be happy, no matter what their roles are.
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