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As Rasheed Wallace continues to work on his conditioning, Mike Woodson slipped in some info on his progress. More:
The team is finishing up a three-game preseason road trip tonight in Syracuse against the 76ers. Rasheed Wallace stayed back in New York to focus on his conditioning in order to get himself into game shape as he attempts to make a comeback following a two-year retirement.
Woodson said Wallace will be evaluated on Tuesday to see if he may finally be cleared to practice and participate in scrimmages, which he has yet to do. The 38-year-old signed a non-guaranteed deal at the start of training camp.
With Amar'e Stoudemire out and expected to miss the start of the regular season, Wallace's readiness becomes that much more critical.
Woodson hinted some optimism when discussing Sheed on Sunday.
"Rasheed might be closer to getting on the floor than [Marcus] Camby," Woodson said.
Camby has missed the last two weeks with a calf strain. He was expected to be back late last week but has yet to practice.
Woodson admitted he was "just speculating" about how close Wallace was to joining practice, but there's no question having the 6-11 veteran available would ease some concerns about the Knicks' injury-riddled frontcourt as the season nears.
With 13 players under guaranteed contracts and Wallace expected to make the team, there's little room for the Knicks to make any contingency plans (i.e.: free agent Kenyon Martin). There's also Chris Copeland, the 28-year-old rookie, who is hoping to make the team as a depth forward and has opened eyes with his scoring and effort in the preseason.