Rasheed Wallace is rumored to be coming out of retirement to play for the New York Knicks. The 38 year old Wallace has been retired from the NBA for two years, last Saturday it was reported that he had worked out for the team at the MSG Training Center in Greenburgh. The former North Carolina Tar Heel has remained active participating in the NC Pro-Am and has been instrumental as a tutor of sorts to many UNC players over the last couple of seasons. Most notably, he is credited with doing some great work to expand John Henson’s offensive game.
I don’t blame Wallace for coming back at all. He was one of the many former Tar Heel players rumored to be interested in an assistant coaching job at Carolina before Hubert Davis was eventually hired. It’s obvious to anyone who has watched Wallace throughout his career, he is very passionate about the game of basketball, sometimes, maybe too much. But the Knicks aren’t the right fit.
The 38 year old Wallace will likely play a role off the bench as a backup power forward/center. The Knicks are not the right team because they are not a contender. Unless this is about money and the Knicks are offering more than contending teams, which I doubt, I don’t understand Wallace’s move to the Big Apple. A player on the last leg of his career like Wallace should have went to a team like the Miami Heat or Los Angeles Lakers, even the Boston Celtics or Oklahoma City Thunder.
Instead, Wallace will play a limited role on a team that will underachieve. Big men are always in high demand in the NBA. Especially those who can defend and rebound like Wallace which makes this move a puzzling one in my book and one I’d rather the former Tar Heel didn’t make.
What do you think of Wallace’s rumored comeback with the Knicks?