Rasheed Wallace needs another surgery and could decide to retire from the New York Knicks. Rumors that Wallace plans to retire have been floating around, but he hasn't indicated that this will be the end of his run in the NBA. According to a report from ESPN on Wednesday night (Feb. 27), Wallace will undergo surgery to repair a fractured bone in his left foot and it will cost him eight weeks.
This means that the regular season is done for Wallace and that he probably won't be back until the month of May. He could certainly rejoin the active roster for the Knicks at that point and give the team added depth during the 2013 Eastern Conference Playoffs. Losing him is a tough break for the team, especially with how well that they were playing with him on the court. That could be one of the main reasons why Wallace will go through the rehab in an effort to get back for the playoffs.
During the 20 games that Rasheed Wallace did play for the New York Knicks this season, he averaged 7.2 points and 4.2 rebounds in 14.6 minutes a night. As reported by ESPN, "With Wallace on the floor, the Knicks had allowed 97.1 points per 100 possessions. With Wallace on the sideline, the Knicks have given up 104.1 points per 100 possessions." Those defensive numbers are pretty telling of what his veteran presence does for the team.
Wallace has not yet decided to retire (again) from the NBA, but it could certainly happen if he has a setback during his next rehab stint.
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