Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Sheed: 'I'm good money'
By Ian Begley
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Rasheed Wallace will return to the Knicks' lineup on Tuesday after a one-game absence caused by a left foot injury.
Wallace missed the Knicks' win Sunday over the Denver Nuggets thanks to an 'old' foot injury that he aggravated on Saturday against the Bulls.
"I’m good money," Wallace said after the Knicks' Tuesday morning shootaround.
Wallace's return will give the Knicks' added length in the front line against the Nets, who are missing Brook Lopez (foot injury). Brooklyn is one of the league's stronger offensive rebounding clubs, so it will be on the Knicks' bigs to keep them off the glass.
Thanks in part to Tyson Chandler (12 rebounds), New York held its own on the boards against Denver with Wallace out. They were outrebounded, 40-39, by the Nuggets.
Wallace, 38, also provides New York with a presence in the post (he's the only post threat outside of Carmelo Anthony) and is a threat to shoot from distance, though he's only shooting only 29 percent from beyond the arc.
On the season, Wallace is averaging seven points and four rebounds in 15 minutes for the 15-5 Knicks.
He's become a fan favorite at the Garden and even on the road, where chants of "Sheed!" can be heard when he walks to the scorers table to check in.
"I’m glad to see that I still have a lot of fans left in this basketball world," Wallace said. "... In my heyday, of course, I had those who hated me. You’re supposed to hate the opposition. But it’s good though. It feels good."
In other Knicks injury news, Mike Woodson said Carmelo Anthony's lacerated left middle finger is healing well.
"He hasn't complained about it once. He didn't say much after the game the other night. I think he's kind of over the hump in terms of his finger and it's in the healing mode. I think he's OK," Woodson said.
Anthony missed two games due to the laceration, which required five stitches. He suffered the injury while diving for a loose ball behind the Knicks' bench last Wednesday.
The Knicks went 1-1 in his absence, including a surprising 20-point win in Miami.
Anthony scored 34 points in his first game back on Sunday in a win over Denver.
Also, veteran forward Marcus Camby (plantar fasciitis in left foot) will sit out against Brooklyn, missing his sixth straight game.