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When Rasheed Wallace joined the Knicks back in October, it was widely considered to be a mistake.
Sheed had been out of the league for two years and was never known to be in good shape at the best of times. Picking him up certainly seemed like a questionable move.
His reputation as a troublemaker was also something people felt would be a detriment to the locker room, as well as his propensity for technical fouls (which, to be fair, has been a problem).
Despite the obvious risks, however, Mike Woodson knew he was getting a bargain when he convinced Wallace to return to the NBA on a non-guaranteed minimum deal. Woodson had coached Wallace as an assistant in Detroit and knew firsthand what a huge presence he could be on the defensive end of the floor.
Though injuries have kept Wallace sidelined for the past few months, it can't be denied that he was worth what the Knicks paid for him. He was instrumental defensively when healthy, and also added some offense with his post game not completely deserting him at age 38.
Sheed still understands the importance of communication on defense, and it's not a surprise that New York has looked a little lost out there without him.
He may not be the Knicks' most important player, but clearly Sheed has proven himself to be someone that can help out if he returns to action by playoff time.