Mike Woodson stated definitively at shootaround on Wednesday that Rasheed Wallace will return to practice with the Knicks after the All-Star break, according to reports. He is unsure when Wallace will be able to play in a game.
Wallace has been out since Dec. 13 with a stress reaction in his left foot. The Knicks have listed him as day-to-day.
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Wallace talked on Wednesday about his frustration with sitting out.
"I'm real anxious, to be honest," Wallace said. "Sometimes sitting on the sidelines, watching the guys, is killing me. I feel like at certain points of the game, I could've gotten that rebound. Or I would've been able to trap here. A whole lot of what-ifs and couldas. It kills me.
"I definitely want to be out here with my soldiers," Wallace added. "I'm on the sidelines preparing for war, up at practice, going through practice with them, then game film. I’m preparing myself, but (it’s like) 'Guys, I can’t go on the airplane and go to war with you.' There’s nothing I can do. I have to let this foot do what it does. I have to say that to myself a lot -- be patient."
Wallace ended a two-year retirement to join the Knicks during training camp.
In 20 games this season, the 38-year-old veteran has averaged 7.2 points and 4.2 rebounds in 14.6 minutes. In mid-January, some members of the Knicks' organization feared Wallace would miss an extended period of time, possibly the entire season.
There was a camp in the organization that wanted to pursue a free-agent replacement for Wallace, such as 35-year-old Kenyon Martin. Another segment of the organization, including Woodson, wanted to give Wallace more time to heal. The Knicks apparently have chosen the latter.
Wallace will miss his 25th straight game when he sits out against Washington on Wednesday.