The New York Knicks certainly keep us on the edge of our seats, that’s for sure. They seem to be attempting to grab the oldest big men bench players available. Marcus Camby and Kurt Thomas were acquired earlier this offseason to provide depth in the front court; and now, Rasheed Wallace is joining them.
That’s right, the same Rasheed Wallace that we saw walking off the court in a Boston Celtics uniform after a crushing Finals defeat at the hands of the Lakers a few years ago, will now be a New York Knick. I’ll let that sink in for a second.
I’m as surprised as you.
According to the New York Post, the Knicks were able to will Rasheed Wallace out of retirement for the veteran’s minimum salary to give the team some depth and some winning experience. It seemed like he was perfectly content for the past few years, although rumors have swirled from time to time, including the one about him going to the Lakers.
This makes very little sense. A lot of people believed that Sheed was washed up a few years ago when he was on the Celtics, and his back was clearly an issue. He could barely get up and down the floor, and it was painful just to watch. He came up big time for the team when they needed him, but whether he can survive the grind of another season is certainly a concern.
Hopefully the Knicks aren’t expecting much out of him, for their sake. This being said, Rasheed Wallace has never set the best example with his behavior; so they can’t reasonably think he’ll be the kind of veteran to ride the bench and serve as a mentor to the younger players.
We’ll see how this all turns out, but it’s definitely kind of weird news. But we can all agree, the NBA is more interesting with Rasheed Wallace in it.
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