Nov 4, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Rasheed Wallace (36) draws a foul against Philadelphia 76ers forward Evan Turner (12) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks won the game 100-84. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks fear Rasheed Wallace done for season


New York Knicks fans have been waiting for Rasheed Wallace to return to the floor for some time now, but it looks as if that day my never come.

Dec. 13, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (12) tries to shoot the ball as New York Knicks forward Rasheed Wallace defends during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Wallace has yet to begin running and sources inside the Knicks organization told ESPN’s Ian Begley that they fear the big man could be finished for the season.

He has been out since December 15, with what the Knicks said at the time was a sore left foot. They since started calling it a stress reaction, but the signs do not look good right now for a Wallace return.

Knicks’ head coach Mike Woodson said last week that he expected Wallace to begin running this week, but it doesn’t look like that will happen.

Right now, the Knicks need a big body with both Wallace and Marcus Camby out with foot injuries, so the Kenyon Martin talk could soon begin again. The problem with that is that the Knicks have a full roster with 15 players and would have to release someone with a guaranteed contract in order to add a player to the roster.

However if Wallace is out for the season, that could make that possible.

But since the Martin rumors began a couple of weeks ago, it has been thought that Woodson would give Wallace proper time to heal before making a decision. But Begley’s source doesn’t seem so confident, simply saying “It doesn’t look good.”

When healthy Wallace was averaging 7.2 points and 3.2 rebounds in 14.6 minutes, but more importantly he gave the team a strong post defender.

It is no coincidence that the Knicks have slumped defensively in ‘Sheed’s absence. Wallace has missed the past 15 games and the Knicks have gone only 7-8 in that span and have allowed over 100 points in seven of the eight losses.

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