Expect 'Sheed to play Thursday

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- It's unclear how many minutes he will play, but Rasheed Wallace will definitely take the floor in the Knicks' opener on Thursday against the Brooklyn Nets.

"I have to see what kind of flow we have in the game and who is doing what, but he will play some. No doubt about that," Mike Woodson said on Tuesday.

Wallace had been retired for two years before he agreed to join the Knicks in training camp. The 15-year veteran worked his way back into shape during camp but did not play in any preseason games. The Knicks originally viewed Wallace as a low-risk, high-reward acquisition, figuring he could work his way into shape during the regular season.

But with Amar'e Stoudemire out 6-8 weeks following a left knee debridement, the Knicks need Wallace to contribute immediately.

Also on the injury front, Tyson Chandler did some running drills on the side of Tuesday's practice and said he's on target to play Thursday. He hopes to be able to take contact in Wednesday's practice. He wore a knee brace on Tuesday and said he isn't sure if he'll have to do so Thursday against Brooklyn.

"I felt good going up and down. Obviously, I was a little winded from not being able to do anything over the last week. But I feel comfortable," said Chandler, who suffered a bone bruise in his left knee last Wednesday against the Nets.

Chandler's backup, Marcus Camby, will probably not be able to play on Thursday. Camby has practiced just once since injuring his calf in the first week of camp. He missed practice on Tuesday because he had trouble traveling from his house to the training facility in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

"He has to get some court time in (before he plays)," Woodson said. "It wasn’t his fault. He just couldn’t get out because of all the trees that were down in his neighborhood.”

BRAVING SANDY: Woodson huddled with his coaches on Monday and Tuesday morning, and determined that his team could practice on Tuesday evening, the day after Hurricane Sandy touched down.

“It was tough because I didn’t know. Yesterday, I was in here at the office with my coaches going over some game tape and trying to figure out what we could do in terms of getting guys here to practice. We knew it couldn’t happen this morning," Woodson said.

All Knicks, accept for Camby and Stoudemire, made it to practice.

GARDEN OF DREAMS FUNDRAISER: The storm also forced the cancellation of a press conference announcing a Garden of Dreams foundation fundraising sale of six pieces of art by Garden photographer George Kalinsky. Kalinsky's artwork featured Chandler, New York Rangers All-Star goalie Henrik Lundqvist; New York Giants two-time Super Bowl Champion Justin Tuck; Knicks legend and MSG Network analyst Walt “Clyde” Frazier; former Rangers star and Stanley Cup champion Adam Graves; and key cast members from the Emmy Award-winning series The Sopranos.

Proceeds from the sales go to the Garden of Dreams Foundation, which works with local children's groups to help those facing obstacles.

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