New York Knicks: Losing Rasheed Wallace to Injury a Blessing in Disguise

Josh BenjaminCorrespondent IFebruary 27, 2013

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 08:  Rasheed Wallace #36 of the New York Knicks waits for a free throw against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on December 8, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Knicks 93-85. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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At long last, Knicks fans have some closure in one department.

Rasheed Wallace will not be back for the remainder of the regular season.

And that's actually a good thing.

According to Nate Taylor of the New York Times, Wallace will undergo surgery to repair a broken bone in his balky left foot and is expected to be out the next eight weeks.

As bad as it may seem to see a low post player in Wallace go down for the remainder of the season, this is actually going to help the Knicks.

Sure, Wallace had great size at 6'11", 230 pounds, and his ability to play the low post was solid.

Just the same, the Knicks are better off without Wallace for the rest of the season. Let's not forget that he is on the wrong side of 38 and came back to the NBA after a two-year retirement just to join the Knicks.

As good as he was in the low post, he wasn't that good.

That isn't to say that Wallace was an absolute disaster on the floor this season. He posted 7.2 points per game over 14.6 minutes, and he averaged 17.8 points and 10.2 rebounds per 36 minutes in 2012-13.

But that does not take away from Wallace being incredibly slow on his feet. Knicks fans loved when he shot from three-point range, but let's be honest, he only shot from that distance because he was wide open beyond the arc after laboring to get up the court and catch up with his teammates.

Moreover, the Knicks now have insurance for Wallace thanks to the recent signing of veteran Kenyon Martin.

The former No. 1 draft pick won't be as good a shooter as Wallace, but he knows how to work the low post and is the pure defensive force that the Knicks need over the last six weeks of the season.

As a Knicks fan, I'm going to miss watching Wallace check into games to the choruses of "SHEEEEEEEEEEEEEED" raining down from every area of the stands, but at least I'll be able to sleep better knowing that New York has a better defensive option manning the low post.

Nothing against Wallace, but his foot injury made him an absolute liability, something that the Knicks have no room for at this point in the season.