Tuesday, October 9, 2012
No timetable on when Rasheed will play
By Jared Zwerling
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- There was no shadow boxing on Tuesday from Rasheed Wallace. This time, it was full-court defensive maneuvering, where the the 38-year-old was making lateral slides from one side of the court to the other against one of the Knicks' trainers.
While Wallace has done different training drills since the start of training camp, something more significant remained the same: He didn't scrimmage for the eighth day in a row.
"He's still in the conditioning mode and we're still holding him out until we feel like he's ready to go," Mike Woodson said after practice. "It's a day-to-day thing, so we'll see where he is. We'll evaluate him day by day."
Wallace was asked before heading in the locker room when he would start playing 5-on-5. He was also asked if he would play in the first preseason game on Thursday night against the Wizards in D.C. For these and few other questions, he kept saying, "Ask coach Woodson."
"He'll give me an idea of when he wants me out there," Wallace said. "I'm not one to complain. If it's mid-November, then it's mid-November; or if it's December, then it's December. It's on him, not me. He's the coach. I can't control that. I've just got to be ready either way."
Wallace said his focus for now is working to get in shape.
"That's everything," he said.
Woodson has plans to use his two prominent big men, Amar'e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler, more in the post this season to facilitate easier scoring and quicker ball rotation to open shooters, which Woodson was teaching during practice. On the block is where Wallace wants to be. In fact, the opportunity to play there was one of the key motivating factors for him to come out of his two-year retirement.
"I was just sitting back, watching the way that some of these guys that you call great post players not playing the post," he said. "So it's the passion to come back to show ya'll how post players really need to play in the post. Old-school basketball. Ya'll used to all this new young stuff, high flying and dunking. Nah, that's not basketball. There's terrible footwork by a lot of young guys out here. Let's go back to old-school basics."