Why Rasheed Wallace out of retirement, signing with NYK?

In the beginning of October, online sources reported that former NBA player Rasheed Wallace has signed a non-guaranteed contract for the veteran’s minimum of $1.7 million with the New York Knicks.

It has been two seasons since Wallace played in the NBA. The last time, Wallace played for the Boston Celtics, appearing in 79 games (13 started), averaging 9.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg in 22.5 minutes of playing time.

A 15-year NBA veteran, Wallace appeared (prior to Knicks games) in 1088 games (956 started), averaging 14.6 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.3 bpg.

It is unclear why Wallace came out of retirement to play for the Knicks, who already have such NBA veterans on their bench as Jason Kidd and Marcus Camby.

Wallace himself seems to have accepted the fact that he’s not going to be a star on the NYK team, and probably will be getting his limited minutes off the bench for the team.

“I’m not expecting to come in here to average 25 points, or 35-40 minutes. I know I’m not the No. 1 guy here. I’m willing to accept my role,” ESPN quoted Wallace as saying in early October.

Wallace noted that he has joined the team that he believes can “win it all” this season, and he is willing to contribute to the common goal.

Knicks seem to have some hopes for Wallace to help them out off the bench in the playoffs. Wallace is expected to be in shape for the regular season.

Wallace is a versatile player, who can play both inside and outside, he still has a good outside shot, and a strong post defender who can block shots. In a best-case scenario for New York, Wallace will serve as a backup power forward to Amare Stoudemire.

One of the problems for the NYK can be Wallace’s attitude – Wallace is widely known for his penchant for technical fouls (he set a single-season record with 41 in 2000-01).

If Wallace can stay out of trouble and in shape, NYK can probably squeeze some 15-20 minutes out of Wallace, who will unlikely be averaging double-figures in scoring for the team.


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  1. Wallace could be of use to the knicks, if he can stay healthy. He can give them some productive minutes. he needs to stay out of fouls though.