The New York Knicks confirmed on Saturday that the 38 year old center has a stress reaction and chronic condition in his left foot.
Wallace is currently listed as day-to-day but the team is optimistic he won't be sidelined for an extended period of time. The Knicks are hoping that Wallace will be ready to return within the next couple of days, after their three game West Coast trip that began on Christmas against the Lakers.
Wallace has been wearing a walking boot on his left foot. He returned to the NBA after sitting out the last two years for unspecified reasons. Wallace insists that he was never retired and has made important contributions to the team.
It shouldn't come as a surprise that the 7-foot veteran came down with a foot injury. His legs haven't dealt with pounding up and down the court in almost two years and he is heavier than when he was in his prime.
While also serving as a de facto defensive coach, Wallace has averaged 7.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 14.6 minutes. Several players have commented how essential Wallace's communication, either on the bench or on the court, has been to the Knicks' defensive success. This was the kind of leadership coach Mike Woodson was looking for when he reached out to Wallace to see if he was interested in resuming his career.
Wallace and Woodson had won a championship together in Detroit when Woodson was the top assistant on Larry Brown's staff. The Knicks' plan in the offseason was to augment their roster with playoff veterans, and ended up signing Jason Kidd and Marcus Camby, who is still suffering with plantar fasciitis. Wallace was signed just before the preseason and has been working his way back to NBA playing shape. Woodson has been careful not to push his older players, as he wants them at their healthiest for April.
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