rasheed38 year-old Rasheed Wallace faced reality today and opened up a spot on the Knicks’ roster by announcing his retirement. Though it was evidently hoped he would mend in time to contribute in the playoffs, it must have been obvious that it was not to be. Why then have him play for four minutes on Monday before leaving the court with soreness in his post-operative foot? Wasn’t Wallace’s condition evident in practice? Four minutes should not have tested him as much as drills and practice would have.  Maybe someone wanted to prove a point.

Wallace played in only 21 games this season, starting out with what was diagnosed as a stress reaction in his left fifth metatarsal that was eventually called a fracture and necessitated surgical repair. A rough way to go out but Wallace was pushing his luck this season and, after an illustrious career, it is time to go.

On a related note, the Knicks are resting 2013 scoring champion Carmelo Anthony (“sore left shoulder” and possibly knee?), Tyson Chandler (cervical disc) and Kenyon Martin (left ankle/knee) in tonight’s fame, the final of the regular season. A wise move, perhaps an especially obvious a choice in the aftermath of Kobe Bryants’ Achilles rupture, sustained while playing on a sprained ankle.

Don’t for a minute believe that a day or two of rest will enable any of these guys to heal sufficiently to be at full capacity when the playoffs begin. Those not recouping from injury and sitting out (like Kevin Durant) will benefit the most from a day to refresh. No doubt those injured will benefit too, but players like Carmelo, on whom the team’s success rests, will be extending themselves and feeling the pain when they are back out there competing.

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Abby serves as the Injury Expert for CBS New York where, since 2010, her Injury Breakdown Blog examines injuries in professional sports. She also blogs on health & fitness as well as sports injuries for Huffington Post, and Recovery Physical Therapy.com, where her blog earned a top ten mention for physical therapy blogs in 2012 @ WorldWideLearn.com. In a ranking of the Top 30 Healthcare Blogs for 2012, Top Masters in Healthcare also rated Abby’s blog in the top three in Physical Therapy! Abby is the founder of Fit-Screen and she welcomes your comments and questions!