November 20, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New York Knicks forward Rasheed Wallace reacts at the end of the first quarter of a game against the New Orleans Hornets at the New Orleans Arena. The Knicks defeated the Hornets 102-80. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Rasheed Wallace expected to practice after All-Star break


It has been 24 games and counting since New York Knicks’ forward Rasheed Wallace has last donned the blue and orange to take the floor for the Knicks.

But maybe that will all change in the upcoming weeks.

Dec. 13, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Rasheed Wallace (36) shoots a free throw against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Knicks won 116-107. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Knicks’ head coach Mike Woodson said that Wallace, who has been out since December 15 with a stress reaction in his left foot, could get back to practice after the All-Star break.

The Knicks are starting to put things together now that they are starting to get healthy, but imagine how dangerous they will be come when they can add the defensive presence of Wallace back to the lineup.

‘Sheed may never be 100 percent healthy the remainder of the season, but if he gets healthy enough to give the Knicks 10-12 minutes per night off the bench, he will have value the rest of the season.

Speaking of injured big men, Woodson also hopes Marcus Camby can return to practice after the All-Star break, but sounded a lot less optimistic.

“I don’t know about Camby,” Woodson told ESPN’s Ian Begley. “They’ll continue to do their therapy work through the break. I’m hoping to have one of them back. Hopefully Rasheed will be back on the floor.”

Camby has been out since January 10 with a left plantar fascia injury.

If neither guy makes it back after the All-Star break, the Knicks seriously must look to consider adding size to their frontcourt, which will be hard given the fact that they currently have 15 guaranteed contracts.

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