Rasheed Wallace has not played a game since December 13th because of a stress fracture in his right foot that required surgery. The surgery did not take place until early March and Wallace was not slated to return during the regular season. The Knicks were instead hoping that Sheed could be ready to play sometime during the 1st or 2nd round of the playoffs. However, according to Coach Mike Woodson, Wallace’s foot is completely healed and he is simply in the conditioning stage of his recovery and that it is possible Wallace can return to action as early as Monday April 15th when the Knicks take on the Charlotte Bobcats in their final road game of the regular season.
This comes as great news to a Knicks team that has had to deal with numerous injuries to their frontline. Sheed was a key contributor to the Knicks who had a 16-4 record in games that he played. Despite not having played in the NBA for 2 seasons, Wallace was still able to provide an impact in games with his long-range shooting and tough post play.
Fortunately, Coach Woodson also stated that ailing bigs Tyson Chandler, Kenyon Martin and Marcus Camby would all be ready for Game 1 of the 1st round playoff series against the Boston Celtics. Now that Sheed is apparently healthy, the only other big man whose health remains a question is Amar’e Stoudemire who had his 2nd knee debridement surgery of the season last month.
The Knicks will need all the healthy bodies they can get when they take on the rival Boston Celtics in the 1st round of the playoffs that begin this weekend.