Sunday, April 21, 2013

Rasheed Wallace Retires From NBA, Again

New York Knicks forward Rasheed Wallace is retiring from the NBA, again, but this time because he has
not been able to recover from his left foot injury.
Shortly after Coach Mike Woodson said Wallace was still struggling with soreness in his foot the Knicks announced his retirement.
"Rasheed has given this team everything he had. He is a winner, true professional and leader on and off the court. Due to his injury, he will not be able to play for us during the playoffs. We owe this season's success to veterans like Rasheed," said Woodson.
Wallace played 21 games for the Knicks this season and missed most of the year because of a stress fracture in his right foot. He underwent surgery for the fracture on February 28th. Wallace played Monday against the Charlotte Bobcats for the first time since December 13th, but only lasted four minutes.
Wallace, 38, ended a two year retirement to play for Woodson, who was an assistant in Detroit when Wallace helped the Pistons win the 2004 title. Drafted in the first round in 1995, Wallace played 15 seasons in the NBA and retired in 2010 after one season with the Celtics after they lost to the Lakers in the finals. The 6-foot-11 player was a key player off the bench and known for his explosive playing. He finishes his career with 14.4 points per game and 6.7 rebounds per game. He was a four-time All-Star and is the all-time leader with technical fouls at 304.
The Knicks had a bench full of veteran players this season, and that tactic has been problematic. Amare Stoudemire's status for the playoffs is unknown as he recovers from right knee surgery, and Kurt Thomas is done for the season. The team announced they have signed Earl Barron to fill Wallace's opening on the roster.
Reference: NBA
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