Report: Knicks' Rasheed Wallace could have a stress fracture
By Zach Harper | NBA Blogger
December 22, 2012 4:19 pm ET
I don't know about the rest of you but I've been really enjoying the Rasheed Wallace era with the New York Knicks. He's yelled to the refs that he knows they've missed him. He called Arron Afflalo "Aflac" during a free throw. He's been promoting the fantastic Yahoo Sports! basketball blog Ball Don't Lie even if it earns him a technical foul.
|Rasheed Wallace's foot injury could be more serious than everybody is telling. (Getty Images)
OK, maybe he's not promoting the blog specifically, but he's still yelling that when the ball doesn't lie to us.
However, Wallace has missed four straight games with a mysterious foot injury and it makes Twitter, basketball blogs, and the Internet in general a lot less fun when he's not playing in games. Frank Isola of the New York Daily News says a source tells him the foot injury is a lot more serious than anyone is letting on:
Rasheed Wallace's mysterious “sore foot” injury is really a stress fracture, according to a Knicks source.The official word on the injury so far has been an "acute stress reaction in his foot and chronic foot condition." If he really does have a stress fracture, it would most likely be weeks until he's able to return to practice and then games for the Knicks.
Officially, the team is listing Wallace's status as day-to-day, but privately it is optimistic that the injury won't sideline the veteran forward for an extended period of time. Wallace missed his fourth straight game on Friday and hasn't practiced or played in 10 days.
The hope is that he'll be back at some point after the Knicks' three-game West Coast trip that begins on Christmas Day against the Lakers in Los Angeles. Wallace, who has missed six games overall because of his foot injury, is using a walking boot on his left foot.
Sheed is having a pretty good return to the NBA in limited minutes so far this season. He's only averaging 14.6 minutes per game, but his per-36 numbers have his highest scoring rate since the 2002-03 season and the highest rebounding totals of his career. He also has the highest usage rate of his career right now.
Come back to us soon, Sheed. The Internet needs you.