Rasheed Wallace Vows to Play Again This Season

by January 18, 2013

New York Knicks forward Rasheed Wallace came out and denied reports that his season could possibly be over due to a foot injury. The veteran says that’s not the case. Per the NY Times: “Coach Mike Woodson and Rasheed Wallace have played down suggestions that the Knicks forward may miss the rest of the season with a foot injury. Wallace has not played since Dec. 15 because of a stress reaction in his left foot, and published reports late Wednesday suggested his season might be over. But Woodson and Wallace dismissed the speculation as the Knicks took the court for a shootaround at the O2 Arena on Thursday before their game against the Detroit Pistons. ‘He’ll play eventually — but not tonight,’ Woodson said. The coach was then told of reports suggesting Wallace would miss the rest of the season. ‘That’s news to me. That’s not coming out of our camp.’ When asked whether Wallace was on the verge of retiring from pro basketball, Woodson said: ‘Absolutely not. He’s getting treatment and doing what’s asked of him, so we’re trying to get him back out on the floor.’ Wallace, who returned to the N.B.A. this season after more than two years away, has averaged 7.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 14.6 minutes in 20 games this season. Woodson praised his toughness and defensive attitude. Wallace was quick to dismiss the reports, telling reporters: ‘My season ain’t over. I’m going to be back. I was laid off for three years, so one little foot injury ain’t going to stop me. I’m good.'”