ESPN NBA analyst Ric Bucher reported that Rasheed Wallace had a work out with the New York Knicks. He worked out with two other New York Knicks players, Marcus Camby and Kurt Thomas. Ric Bucher went on to say in his 140 character tweet that the New York Knicks' are considering the 38-year-old.
Rasheed Wallace was a tremendous part of the Pistons' NBA Championship win in 2004. He was a force in the league for years and was always a matchup issue for most big men. His ability to stretch the defense with his shooting abilities made him difficult to defend. His toughness and natural ability helped him rebound well and play solid defense.
But he hasn't played in the league since the 09-10 season. He played in 79 games that season averaging 22 minutes a game with 9 points, 4 rebounds, and a block. For the opportunity he had to play, he held his own. He put up numbers that definitely would help the Knicks. But at the age of 38 and a year out of the league, I am not sold on this pick up just yet.
Yes, having veterans on a team can help a team come together. And yes, many veterans have a lot to give on and off the court. But, in the New York Knicks' front court, their youngest players are Tyson Chandler and Amar'e Stoudemire and Stoudemire has been criticized often and called "past his prime" at times.
One would think that the New York Knicks need at least some youth but it seems like they are going for the opposite with their off-season acquisitions. The one positive to be pulled out of all the veteran pick-ups, is that the New York Knicks are in it to win it, right now. They are not signing Rasheed Wallace for the future. And the same goes for Marcus Camby and Kurt Thomas.
The New York Knicks, based on their off-season signings and their attitude going into the season shows their excitement and desire to win this season, because most of their signings this off-season are not going to last too long, they have no choice but to go after that title with all they got this season.
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