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The #Knicks are almost at full health. The only missing pieces now are Wallace and Camby. A status update on both:
With eight games left before the all-star break, it's looking like both will be kept on the shelf until after the break. Though Mike Woodson admitted to me on his show last week that Wallace could play right now if it was playoff time, there is a method to his madness in keeping him on ice.
"We didn't bring Rasheed in, we didn't bring Camby in, to play big minutes," Woodson said. "But we gotta have them healthy enough to help us. It does us no good to put an injured Rasheed Wallace back out on the floor and then he gets hurt in other areas. Same with Camby."
After practice on Tuesday, Woodson added that he is "not in a hurry to rush them back because when they come back, I want them ready for the stretch run."
Consider that March brings an exhausting schedule of 19 games in 31 days, including six back-to-backs, 10 road games and a five-game West Coast trip.
Also consider that having a healthy Wallace and Camby is far more critical for this team in a playoff series, especially against teams with size such as the Bulls, Nets and Pacers, than they are for games in January and February.
Consider Woodson's plan "Operation Bubble Wrap."
Here's where the NBA's D-League rules don't make sense. If a team has a player who is out with injury, you should be allowed to "call-up" a player from your D-League team to fill that players spot. For instance, Henry Sims, a raw 6-10 prospect, should be allowed to be called-up to replace Wallace or Camby to give the Knicks some temporary big-man depth.
But they can't because the roster is maxed out at 15 players. The Knicks would have to cut someone and eat the salary in order to call up a D-League prospect.