The Comeback

Rasheed Wallace Comeback - Yes, its true.  After a 2 year retirement, Rasheed at age 38 successfully tried out for the New York Knicks and made the team for the 2012-2013 season.  During the season his playtime was limited due to a foot injury he sustained in late 2012.  He did appear in over 20 games including some after his foot had healed later in the season although his performance was clearly hampered.

He started the season out strongly with great numbers.  Of course his playtime was limited because of his age.  He averaged just over one quarter per game however during those limited minutes he managed to average 7 points and 4 rebounds before his injury.

With the Knickerbockers fielding a strong team capable of a deep playoff run or even an NBA championship, some thought the season could have been a golden swansong for the veteran.  Sheed could have stayed on the bench and remained on the team for slight chance of getting another coveted championship ring to match the one he won with the Detroit Pistons in 2004.  but he chose to end his career on his own terms.  He abruptly announced his retirement in April, 2013 just a few days before the Knicks entered the playoffs as the #2 seed in the Eastern Conference against first round opponent the Boston Celtics, the team he had last played for prior to his first retirement in 2010.

For you trivia buffs out there, you should know his final minutes in the NBA came against the Charlotte Bobcats.  Many trivia games will have to update their content due to Rasheed’s comeback.  He managed to add to his record holding number of technical fouls in 2012-2013.  The correct total now is 304.

Unfortunately, NBA comebacks just never seem to work out.  Even elite athletes and legends like Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan could not pull it off.  We give Rasheed props for trying though.