Hoping to finally make his return to the New York Knicks and perhaps condition himself for potentially joining the playoff rotation, Rasheed Wallace anxiously awaited for his number to be called as he nervously shook his leg while waiting on the bench.
Finally, chants of, “Sheed!” from Knicks fans in Charlotte echoed throughout the arena as Wallace was making his way over to the scorer’s table to check into the game and see his first action since December 13, 2012. Three minutes and fifty-one seconds worth of playing time later, Rasheed exited the game after apparently re-aggravating his injured foot.
Prior to New York’s 106-95 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday, the Knicks were 16-4 with Wallace in the lineup. During those 20 games, Sheed brought a certain toughness to the team along with a decent outside shot and a rather potent, although often unused, offensive post game.
However, for those healthy enough to actually be on the floor for the Knickerbockers, Chris Copeland led the way with a game-high 32 points on 12 of 25 shooting. Cope also added 7 rebounds and 2 assists to go along with his career best 32 points as he managed to reach double figures for the sixth straight game. To top it off, Copeland now finds himself among the top 20 in the NBA in three-point field goal percentage.
Meanwhile, Knicks fans can only hope that Wallace’s “sore” foot, as announcer Mike Breen described it, is only a small hiccup and that Rasheed will indeed be able to come back to the New York frontline in time for the playoffs. Should he not be able to, it is of at least some consolation that a hungry player like Chris Copeland can enter the game and efficiently fill in for those open minutes.
Despite the loss, the Knicks managed to obtain their best road record in 16 years, finishing he season at 23-18.