In case you forgot that Rasheed Wallace still played for the New York Knicks, he reminded everyone of that fact Monday night in Charlotte when he returned to the floor for the first time since December 13.
However if you blinked, you may have missed his comeback.
Sheed’s return lasted a little less than four minutes as he was forced to leave the Knicks loss to the Charlotte Bobcats with a sore foot- the same foot he had surgery on back in February.
Now the question remains if Wallace be able to help the Knicks make a playoff run?
“We took him out, we’ll evaluate it [Tuesday] morning and just see where he is and how he feels and gauge it that way,” Knicks head coach Mike Woodson told reporters in Charlotte (via Adam Zagoria). “That’s the only thing we can do. He tried and I thought he looked pretty good the short minutes he was out there. We’ll know more tomorrow.”
Woodson also wouldn’t go as far as to saying that he’s ready to call this a setback.
“No, I’m not saying it’s a setback but he was a little sore so he had to come out and I pulled him. So we’ll evaluate it a little more and see how he feels.”
Naturally Wallace looked out of shape during his four minutes on the floor Monday night, but even so, his presence still helps the Knicks.
I would be shocked to see him give it a go for the regular season finale Wednesday against the Atlanta Hawks, but whether or not Sheed will be ready for the playoff opener on Saturday is anyone’s guess right now.
Having Wallace along with Kenyon Martin and Tyson Chandler ready to go come Saturday could mean that the Knicks post defense will be very tough.
It will be amusing to see if Woodson plays only six players on Wednesday, in what amounts to a meaningless game against the Hawks. He played only seven on Monday with Raymond Felton, Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith, Chandler, Martin, Amar’e Stoudemire and Marcus Camby all out of the lineup.
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