Rasheed Wallace, who has missed the New York Knicks’ past 31 National Basketball Association games, probably will be out for another eight weeks after tests showed he’ll need surgery on a broken bone in his left foot.
Wallace, 38, hasn’t played since Dec. 13 because of a stress reaction in his foot. The Knicks said in a statement today that new X-rays revealed “progression” to a fractured fifth metatarsal, requiring Wallace to have surgery this week.
Recovery time is about eight weeks, which would keep him out until the end of April. The Knicks’ regular season schedule ends April 17, meaning Wallace may be able to return if the team makes the playoffs. New York is in first place in the Eastern Conference’s Atlantic Division with a 33-20 record.
Wallace, a 6-foot-11 former All-Star, ended a two-year retirement when he signed with the Knicks in October. In 20 games off the bench, he averaged 7.2 points and 4.2 rebounds.
The Knicks signed 35-year-old forward Kenyon Martin last week because of the injuries to Wallace and 38-year-old Marcus Camby, who has been sidelined since mid-January with a left foot injury.