GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Veteran forward Rasheed Wallace has retired from pro basketball for the second time, the New York Knicks announced Wednesday.
Wallace played in 21 games this season with the Knicks but missed most of the season with a stress fracture in his left foot.
Wallace returned to the floor Monday against the Charlotte Bobcats for the first time since Dec. 13 but played just four minutes because of foot soreness. The Knicks had hoped to have Wallace, 38, back for the playoffs.
“Rasheed has given this team everything he had,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson said in a statement provided by the team. “He is a winner, true professional and leader on and off the court. Due to his injury, he will not be available to play for us during the playoffs.”
A first-round draft pick in 1995, Wallace played 15 seasons in the NBA and won a title with the Detroit Pistons in 2004. He retired in 2010 after one season with the Celtics in which the team lost to the Lakers in the Finals. Wallace came out of retirement to sign with the Knicks in October.
He finishes his career with averages of 14.4 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. The four-time All-Star has been known as a volatile player and finishes as the all-time leader in technical fouls with 304.
The Knicks season is over and they are headed into the playoffs but now headed without the Veteran forward Rasheed Wallace. I’m not really surprised because he had a nagging foot injury and didn’t play well in his last game. Great player, he did have a solid career along with capturing a ring with the Pistons in 2004. #Salute… Props to ESPN