His comeback from foot surgery lasted a mere four minutes, but that will be the last memory New York Knicks fans have of Rasheed Wallace.
After dealing with several foot issues throughout his career, including one that caused him to miss 60 games this season, the veteran Wallace announced his retirement from the NBA for the second time on Wednesday.
Wallace was attempting a comeback this season and played in 21 games this season with the Knicks but missed most of the season with a stress fracture in his right foot.
He attempted a return to the lineup on Monday in Charlotte but had to come out of the game after only four minutes due to a sore foot,
The Knicks were hoping to have Wallace’s leadership and big body at the defensive end of the floor available for the playoffs, but that will no longer be the case.
“Rasheed has given this team everything he had,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson said in a statement provided by the team (per ESPN’s Ian Begley). “He is a winner, true professional and leader on and off the court. Due to his injury, he will not be available to play for us during the playoffs.”
Wallace was a first-round draft pick of the Washington Wizards in 1995 and played 15 seasons in the NBA, winning a title with the Detroit Pistons in 2004. He retired in 2010 after one season with the Celtics and came out of retirement to sign with the Knicks in October.
He finishes his career with averages of 14.4 points and 6.7 rebounds per game and the four-time All-Star finishes as the all-time leader in technical fouls with 304.
Wallace’s retirement opens up a spot on the Knicks’ roster.
They may choose to sign a player prior to Wednesday’s season finale against the Atlanta Hawks.
If they choose to, they will likely look to add a player that wasn’t on an NBA roster after March 1, so they will be eligible for the postseason roster.
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