Notebook: Rasheed 'a ways away'

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Rasheed Wallace participated in parts of Knicks practice on Saturday.

After the workout, Mike Woodson said the veteran forward is "a ways away" from returning to the floor.

Marcus Camby also participated in Saturday's practice. Woodson said Camby is closer to returning than Wallace but he didn't have a definitive timetable for either player's return.

"We just hope there won't be any setbacks," Woodson said.

Rasheed Wallace

Rasheed Wallace

#99 PF
New York Knicks

2013 STATS

  • GM20
  • PPG7.2

  • RPG4.2

  • APG0.3

  • FG%.388

  • FT%.700

The Knicks signed veteran big man Kenyon Martin to a ten-day contract on Saturday due to uncertainty surrounding Wallace and Camby's injuries.

Wallace has been out since mid-December with a stress reaction in his left foot. Camby has been sidelined since mid-January with a plantar fascia injury in his left foot.

The team is holding out hope that Wallace and Camby can return this season, but general manager Glen Grunwald called Martin "insurance" if the veteran bigs can't get back on the floor.

WOODY UNSURE ABOUT STARTING FIVE: Woodson said he isn't sure who would be in the starting lineup against Philly on Sunday. The coach doesn't believe his starting lineup has been an issue in the team's four-game losing streak.

Some Knicks fans may disagree.

"That's not beating us," Woodson said of the starting five. "It was a tie score after the first quarter (on Friday against the Raptors) and we were great in the second quarter and then that third quarter we went stale and had to fight back.

"We've got to figure out how we can jump on teams and see if we don't have to worry about catching teams all the time."

The Knicks have started Raymond Felton and Jason Kidd in the back court alongside Iman Shumpert, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler.

There has been speculation that Woodson would insert Amar'e Stoudemire into the starting lineup. He's talked in recent days about making changes to the starting five but has elected to stand pat.

GET TO THE LINE! Woodson again expressed frustration over the Knicks' decision-making in the fourth quarter of their loss to Toronto. The coach was upset his team decided to settle for jumpers in the fourth quarter instead of attacking the rim and getting to the free-throw line.

On Friday, he criticized Anthony for passing up a shot with 55 seconds to go and the score tied against Toronto. Anthony elected to get the ball to Felton, who missed a 3-point attempt.

"I think he was trying to do the right thing. But as a coach I want the ball in my best player's hands," Woodson said. "It's OK for him to take the big shot at the end and he's done that for us this season. He's put us in that position a lot of times."

ANTHONY NUMBER RETIRED: Syracuse University retired Anthony's No. 15 at halftime of the Syracuse-Georgetown on Saturday.

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