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Rasheed Wallace retires

Rasheed Wallace’s playing career is official over, for good this time.

The Knicks announced today that Wallace has retired. He tried to return from a foot injury that kept him out for four month. But after he aggravated it in Monday’s loss in Charlotte Wallace has decided to call it a career.

“Rasheed has given this team everything he had,” Mike Woodson said in a statement. “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. We owe this season’s success to veterans like Rasheed.”

Wallace, 38, played in 21 games for the Knicks and averged 7.0 points and 4.0 rebounds. He missed 60 games due to a foot injury that eventually required surgery. He had it on Feb. 28 and returned Monday. But he left the game after 3:50 with a sore foot.

The Knicks, who play their regular-season finale tonight against Atlanta, signed center Earl Barron to fill Wallace's spot. Barron is playoff eligible since he was waived by the Wizards in December.

Wallace had been out of basketball the prior two seasons and Woodson talked him into returning to play for the Knicks. Woodson was an assistant on the 2004 champion-Pistons team on which Wallace was a key player.

A four-time All-Star, Wallace played in 1,109 regular season games for the Blazers, Hawks, Pistons, Celtics and Knicks and averaged 14.4 points and 6.7 rebounds. He also appeared in 177 playoff games and reached three NBA Finals.
 

Tags: Knicks , Rasheed Wallace , Mike Woodson

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