November 20, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New York Knicks center Rasheed Wallace during a game against the New Orleans Hornets at the New Orleans Arena. The Knicks defeated the Hornets 102-80. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Rasheed Wallace Retires; Will Be Unavailable For Playoffs


The New York Knicks announced today that Forward Rasheed Wallace has retired from the game of basketball. This is the second time he has walked away from the game.

Wallace came out of his first retirement, hoping he could help the Knicks win their first championship since 1973. Wallace played only twenty-one games for the Knicks this season and looked like he would play an integral role off the bench before he suffered an injury to his right foot.  He returned from his injury against the Bobcats Monday night but only played four minutes due to soreness in the foot that ultimately kept him out for most of the season.

The Knicks were hoping the health and return of Rasheed would boost their front-court as they head into the playoffs. Wallace brought a championship-mentality and a swagger that few could duplicate. He showed even at the age of thirty-eight he could provide toughness and three-point shooting off the bench before injuries ruined his comeback. His retirement will open up another roster spot for New York. The Knicks signed small-forward Quentin Richardson yesterday.

He leaves the game averaging 14.4 points per game and 6.7 rebounds per game over his career.

 

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