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Thursday, November 5th, 2009 at 12:35 pm  |  33 responses

Wally World to Retire?

The great Wally Sexyback may soon be calling it quits: “Long Island’s Wally Szczerbiak will attend tomorrow’s LeBron James Garden Classic, neither as LeBron’s teammate nor in a Knick jersey he always dreamed of wearing. The unsigned Szczerbiak told The Post yesterday he underwent knee surgery three weeks ago at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan and is seriously considering retiring in the coming weeks. The surgeons have told the Cold Spring Harbor product another knee injury could affect his ability to lead a normal life because he lacks enough cartilage in the knee after three surgeries.”

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  • ave. joe

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • SLAM’sFAN

    Bummer

  • underdog

    Damn, I hope he gets better soon. Knee surgery is a b*tch.

  • nastierthanu

    Peace out ur game is garbage

  • CDub23KB24

    nastierthanu….. Common dude, its Sexyback! You gotta love this dork. He’s so terrible he’s awesome. Your lame man.

  • Tommy Patron

    nastierthanu- Obviously a hard core hoops historian.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    Now he can go back to being Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer?

  • Jake

    Wow I didn’t even know he wasn’t on a roster.I remember when dude was tearing it up with the wolves.I really thought he was going to be something special.

  • onlyclipfanonslam

    I remember his March Madness glory like it was yesterday.

  • tavoris

    Myles, you always have me googling to figure out what i’m missing. u r truly a pop culture junkie.

  • NUPE

    Retired and financialy secure at 32 – not bad. I understand wanting to continue to play, but not worth the risk of significantly diminishing the rest of my life. He’s one of those players fans and coaches seem to really like so maybe he’ll get a coaching, front office or commentating job.

  • http://www.another48minutes.com Gerard Himself

    He actually made an All Star team!
    Crazy world.

  • reidar

    Sure, let the hate flow… He actually used to be a really good player once, before all the surgeries. I dont see the point in just continuing to bash him, he is not excactly the first player ending up as stillstanding shooter because of injuries…. I´ll let anyone try to compete in the NBA with multiple injuries to BOTH knees and BOTH ankles.

  • http://www.another48minutes.com Gerard Himself

    I agree with NUPE. Health is more important right now, so he should call it quits. I don’t know if he can get his spot back with the Backstreet Boys. They have some difficult dance moves when you have a bad knee.

  • tavoris

    reidar…you aren’t doing anything until you have haters. Can’t knock Wally. He was a great shooter.

  • MikeC.

    Anybody under 20 years old probably doesn’t remember when Wally was good enough to justify his salary. Before the surgeries, Wally could shoot the lights out, take it to the basket (kinda) and fit into the team D concept (shifting zone) they played in Minn. Maybe Wally will take the season off, get healthy and be the deadeye bench shooter that good teams need. Philly needs shooters. Cue the Sixers’ 2010-2011 theme music “We’re bringin’ SexyBack.”

  • MikeC.

    However, there are certainly two things that Wally could not do.
    1) Pass the ball on the move
    2) Not fall down when punched in the face by KG during practice

  • http://jesse.dramer@gmail.com dirty frank

    I’ll always remember his block on the Celtics

  • alley

    because he lacks enough cartilage in the knee <– damn that’s messed up

  • jrb

    I luv wally. He da man!!!

  • http://none The Philosopher

    He had a better career statiscally than Danny Ferry.

  • http://realcavsfans.com Anton

    Led the league with “almost 3 pointers”. Whoops, had his foot on the line yet again.

  • http://www.pablasso.com pablasso

    I can’t believe he made an allstar team. Did he ever learn to dribble with the left hand?

  • nastierthanu

    Hoops historian? Please!! I’m not a cat that’s going to bother checking up on what year he was an all star? ALL STAR????? But his game was butt. Unatletic gunner who shot with the palm of his hand. He had a nice ncaa tournament with miami of ohio I believe correct me if I’m wrong, but he was trash in the L. He had many opportunities @ a ring with KG completely beastin comin up but always played like butt in the playoffs. For a cat to be eleceted to an all star game you would think he would be considered a robin to kg’s batman but he wasn’t even a minute mouse to couragous cat. That being said I wil definately add that if he roamed into a gym to play pick up ball I would have lit his a$$ up. ;just like I would light up whoever is questioning my basketball knowledge.

  • youngmuggsy

    nastierthanu doesn’t know sh*t, Szczerbiak was a great player back in the day and more than just a shooter. Garnett has already shown he needs atleast 2 other allstars to win a championship.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    “The surgeons have told the Cold Spring Harbor product another knee injury could affect his ability to lead a normal life because he lacks enough cartilage in the knee after three surgeries.” – This goes out to all those guys that give their bodies a hiding for 2 decades and after that basically have the legs/knees/ankles of 75 year olds. On a similar note does anyone know about the SPURS ROOKIE DeJuan Blair – apparently he doesn’t have ligaments in his knee or something? Is this true??

  • Hoodsnake

    Duno bout his knees but hes out the gate like Wes Unseld – only from the bench DAMN!

  • Tommy Patron

    Many opportunities @ a ring? Over who? The Kobe-Shaq Lakers? It’s nice to go off the head, unless you don’t really know what you’re talking about.

  • the rod

    Blair broke his ligaments twice in high school…in the same knee…don’t know if there is something left there

  • Sam I Are

    I’m pretty sure that Blair has neither of his ACLs, which is tough to believe, but apparently he’s making do.

  • nastierthanu

    Youngmuggsy. Ok I’m sorry but please define to me what are the qualifications for “great player?”. so should wally sit around and wait for the call to be inducted into the h.o.f? Wake up and smell the similac! 14 pts and 4 rbs does not a great player make. Not to mention a 1st round #6 pick. @tommy I forgot that the years shack and kobe were ballin they gave them the rings. Opportunity is the reason the play the games! That and paper. Sam Cassell going down with a back and troy hudson backing him up didn’t exactly provide world championship pg play. kg needing all star assistance. Flat out the truth. I can name a lot of players that needed all star help. Oh yeah during the playoffs of the ’04 season the #6 pick averaged 11pts and 3rbs. Wally is boo-boo. 5 times in the post season with minni 2 with bron bron. #6 pick didn’t get it done. Guarantee in the draft. 360 wally will not maintain his #6 spot. Boo-boo

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    haha max airington, he does look like hartman, this world is so confusing to me, when im driving my new bmw convertible, and turn on my radio, it frightens me, i wonder where is that voice coming from, was a man shrunken down and put in that box? whats going on, this world scares me.

  • Kyle

    When KG was getting raped by Dirk in the playoffs, Wally would be the guy taking all the clutch shots. Dirk started off the 01-02 playoffs with 30, 15 boards, 3 blocks, 2 steals while KG went 6-18 for 19 points. That was back when the first round was the best of 5, in game 3, Dirk poured 39 while KG missed 5 freethrows, had 6 turnovers and only scored 22. So you guys need to blame KG for the Timberwolves not winning anything. Dirk outscored him by 9 points a game, and shot well over 50 percent(KG shot 43 percent.)

    Sure, Wally was a one time allstar(could have been a 2-time allstar), but he lost all his quickness by the time he was 28 years old. Most of it was cause he was such a deadly shooter from 3.

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