Mike Woodson expects Rasheed Wallace to start practicing after the All-Star break.
Wallace, 38, has been out since Dec. 15 with a stress reaction in his left foot. The team has listed him as day to day.
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Woodson also hopes that Marcus Camby, out since Jan. 10 with a left plantar fascia injury, returns to practice after the break. But he is less certain about Camby than he is Wallace.
"I don't know about Camby," Woodson said before Monday's game against Detroit. "They'll continue to do their therapy work through the break. I'm hoping to have one of them back. Hopefully Rasheed will be back on the floor."
Woodson isn't sure if Wallace will ever be 100 percent healthy this season.
"I think he'll be good enough to give us some productive minutes but he'll never play real big minutes," the coach said. "Thats the beauty of having he and Camby. You can play him 9, 10 minutes and as long as they're productive, that helps us."
Here are a few other tidbits from the pre-game press conferences:
ALL-STAR BREAK: Woodson says he will spend the All-Star break somewhere warm, contemplating what's happened with the Knicks over the first half of the season and trying to figure out how the team can get better. "That's the name of the game," he said.
If the Miami Heat had lost to Toronto on Tuesday, Woodson would have been coaching the Eastern Conference All-Star team.
Woodson said he wasn't disappointed about not being able to coach the All-Stars in Houston.
"No, not really. It would have been great if we were able to take my staff and I to Houston. I still live in Houston. I have a home there. I've been there for 26 years so yeah it would have been nice but on the flip side it didn't work out that way, so we move on to plan B," he said.
CREDITING AMAR'E: Woodson is impressed with Amar'e Stoudemire's play in the post. The Knicks' $100 million man has scored in double figures in 10 straight games and has done damage with his back to the basket.
"Amar'e's a different player. He's not that one dimensional guy. He's not that pick and pop guy that pick and roll guy. The fact that he's put work in over the summer to develop a low-post game, that's helped him, that's helped us," Woodson said. "Because that's now another threat in terms of putting someone else on the block who can possibly draw double teams and then kick it out to guys that can make shots."