The Knicks sure have been busy lately.
Late this morning came word that Rasheed Wallace, after playing four minutes on Monday, had elected to retire. It’s hard to fault him; he tried valiantly to come back from foot surgery quickly enough to help the Knicks. But that was asking too much of his body.
“Rasheed has given this team everything he had,” head coach Mike Woodson said in a press release. “He is a winner, true professional and leader on and off the court. Due to his injury, he will not be available to play for us during the playoffs. We owe this season’s success to veterans like Rasheed.”
If you’d been told the Knicks would receive 296 minutes of 16.7 PER play from Wallace this season at the start of the year, you’d have signed up for it in a heartbeat. He will be missed.
As for Earl Barron: I still remember watching him whittle away the remaining few games late in 2009-10 until the Knicks could sign LeBron and commence dominating the league, while I could once again pitch Knicks stories to willing editors. Second part happened, at least.
Barron, remember, averaged a double-double with the Knicks in 2009-10. And he really can rebound. But the plan isn’t for him to play; he is emergency coverage if something happens to Tyson Chandler or Kenyon Martin.
But here we are; the Knicks are speeding toward the playoffs, with Earl Barron in tow. Just like I imagined.