Every weekday throughout the season, ESPNNewYork.com will tackle a burning question about the Knicks in our "Opening Tip" segment.
Today's Burning Question: Should the Knicks consider calling up Henry Sims?
Mike Woodson said before the Hawks game on Sunday night that Rasheed Wallace could practice with the team this week.
But not only are there no guarantees of that, there would be more work ahead for Wallace to get back in basketball shape. Remember how long it took for him before the season just to join the team for a practice?
Several league sources have told ESPNNewYork.com recently that the Knicks fear Wallace could be done for the season. One said, "It's not looking good." That's because Wallace's left foot injury is a re-aggravated one from the past that likely required surgery, but the 38-year-old apparently played through it.
So all in all, it could take some time for Wallace to return, if at all. The Knicks could benefit, with age in some ways against them this season, from having a younger center off the bench for inside scoring, rebounding and defense. That would further complement the team's younger perimeter at times during games. As of now, insiders believe health could be the Knicks' biggest detriment down the road this season.
So with that being said, should the Knicks give a hard look at the 6-10 Sims, who was with the team during the preseason?
One agent who represents a Knick said, "It's a good look." Even though the D-League favors guard play, Sims has dominated. He's currently averaging 16 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 31.8 minutes for the Knicks' D-League team, the Erie BayHawks. In three of his recent games, he scored 22, 20 and then 30 points in a row, and this month, he's had 18, 12 and 10 rebounding nights, including a five-block game.
At this point, Sims' agent, Todd Eley, said there have been no talks with the Knicks about his client getting called up. Of course, that would be a big decision because the Knicks would have to cut a player first. However, if Wallace decides to walk away from the game on his own terms, that could change things.
Regardless, Sims is on the Knicks' radar. He was a front-office favorite last fall, and was close to making the team behind Chris Copeland. But with Wallace, Tyson Chandler and Marcus Camby in the big-man rotation, there wasn't a fit. In addition, Woodson has banked on experience and Sims would be a raw rookie. But several scouts have been impressed with his development lately, and they believe he'll be playing in the NBA soon.
The question is: will it be with the Knicks? Leave us your thoughts below.
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