New York Knicks forward Rasheed Wallace announced his
retirement from the NBA yesterday, according to the team.
This is not the first time Wallace has retired from professional basketball, but he believes that it is different this time. He’s more likely to remain out of the league now that he was able to go out on his own terms, not being forced out by the team.
The Knicks signed Wallace this season, and the big man provided the team solid minutes off the bench. After averaging 7.2 points and 4.2 rebounds over 20 games, Wallace suffered a foot injury that has sidelined him since.
Kurt Helin of Pro Basketball Talk notes that while Wallace was a nice contributor for New York earlier this season, the team will be alright without him, assuming they can get healthy. Fellow big men Tyson Chandler, Kenyon Martin and Marcus Camby have all dealt with injuries throughout the season.