Rasheed Wallace hasn’t played for the Knicks since Dec. 13, but coach Mike Woodson said he expects Wallace — and possibly Marcus Camby — back after the All-Star break.
“I just think they’ll be ready once the All-Star” ends, Woodson said Monday. “For sure Rasheed but I don’t know about Camby at this point. They’ll continue to do their therapy work through the break and when we come back and start practice, I’m hoping to have one of them back, hopefully Rasheed.”
Wallace was initially diagnosed with a sore left foot, but the Knicks later called it a “stress reaction” following a report.
Woodson said he doesn’t expect Wallace to play more than 10 minutes a game when he does return.
“I don’t know if he’ll ever be 100 percent, but I think he’ll be good enough to give us some productive minutes,” Woodson said. “He’ll never play real big minutes. That’s the beauty about having he and Camby and Kurt [Thomas]. You can play them 9, 10 minutes and as long as they’re productive minutes that helps us.”
Thomas is 40 and Camby and Wallace are both 39.
“They’re not young bucks anymore,” Woodson said. “They’re old now, so I gotta be open-minded. [Wallace] will never be 100 percent.”
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