The Ballad of Rasheed Wallace: What the Knicks Off-Season Tells Us

In case you missed it, the New York Knicks signed Rasheed Wallace. Thirteen year old Jesse would be ecstatic with this move. Truth be told, I wore number “30″ for ‘Sheed when I played basketball in middle school. The big question, despite my teenage joy, is what does this mean? Despite the fact that Wallace is out of shape and currently boxing to get ready for the NBA season (anyone familiar with Rasheed’s past finds that sentence hilarious), the Knicks are still counting on him. They keep saying that they’ll need him for the playoffs, but I’m not too sure. Let’s take a look at this and try to answer the question: “Why did the Knicks sign Rasheed Wallace?”

Option 1) They thought he’d be fun to have around.
This is fair. I’m sure Rasheed will be fun to have in the locker room and could keep the players happy. He’s a generally gregarious guy who, despite his many indiscretions early in his career, is a pretty well-liked player. Maybe that’s why the Knicks gave him a contract?

Option 2) He has good numbers in the playoffs.
His main playoff years, with Detroit (he played a strong majority of his playoff games with the Pistons), were not terribly great. This is mostly because of the Pistons team strategy back then (gauge the other team’s eyes out, er, keep the games low scoring) and less of a problem with him. He does have experience, though, having played 177 postseason games in his career. That experience can’t hurt, I guess.

Option 3) He is buddies with Mike Woodson.
This is the one that’s actually right. The two are close and, with Rasheed being closer to Woodson’s age than most players (Wallace is 38), it’s possible Woodson just wanted to hook up a friend.

The fact that the nepotism that plagues the Knicks carried over to Coach Woodson is an absolute shame, but hopefully it doesn’t come back to bite the Knicks in the ass. I would’ve rather had Scotty Machado to challenge at the point or another aging Euroleague star, but I guess he’ll do.

Written by Jesse Schneiderman.  You can see more of his work at The Cult Jar and you can follow him on twitter at @thecultjar and @JesseOneT

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One Response to The Ballad of Rasheed Wallace: What the Knicks Off-Season Tells Us

  1. tremayne rodriguez says:

    why did the ny knicks sign rasheed wallace because he brings numerous things to the table.when he’s healthy he is a good defender.make it hard for the opponent that he guarding to score most of all he adds tuffnest to the knicks something they been misssing for a while .on the offensive side of the ball he been a good shooter for a power forward. another part of his game that’s hardly mention is his passing abillity when he created a double team or when a team mate had an open shot.what it all come down to is with all the experience rasheed wallace has he should come in an be a great asset to the new york knicks.the numbers he put up in his career whether it was in the playoff or finals it is fair to say that with the bond wallace and woodson have since their pistons days that rasheed should be able to come in and play the roll or do what his coach expects him to do play smart and be aggresive something he been doing his whole career.

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