Rasheed Wallace has retired from professional basketball, again, GM Glen Grunwald announced.
Wallace played almost 300 minutes for the Knicks this season, over 21 games. He averaged seven points and four rebounds a game.
“Rasheed has given this team everything he had,” Coach Mike Woodson said. “He is a winner, true professional and leader on and off the court.”
Brian DiMennaThere was nothing quite as surprising as the early season success that both Rasheed Wallace and the Knicks enjoyed. When the team announced it was bringing in Wallace, it just seemed as something of an oddity, a sort of delightful happenstance that wouldn’t make much difference either way. Wallace would come in at the end of blowouts, float up some three-pointers and we’d all go home with that unique smile that comes with seeing Rasheed Wallace be Rasheed Wallace.
And then, in a way that no one could have quite expected, he became almost an essential piece of the Knicks puzzle. Wallace was rather quickly something of an anchor on the second unit, adding defense and toughness, with the ability to space the floor with his shooting and have the offense run through him because of his ability to post-up. Seriously, that happened. There were times this year when the Knicks were running the offense through Rasheed Wallace.
It didn’t last, as it probably couldn’t. A few years out of the game often reveals a body that can’t quite hold up to the travails of an NBA season. Rasheed gamely tried to return, hoping that maybe he could again be a useful piece come the postseason, but the old bones wouldn’t respond.
And so ends the Rasheed Wallace experience in New York, one that was brief, but probably more fun than we had any right to hope.