The New York Knicks, losers of their last five games, could certainly use a spark. Head coach David Fizdale reached deep into his bag of tricks and pulled out something magnificent for his squad during Sunday’s practice: a special guest appearance from franchise legend Rasheed Wallace.*
*Some will say that Wallace, who only played 21 games for the Knicks, does not qualify as a “franchise legend.” To them, I say this...
Was Sheed’s tenure in New York awesome? Hell yes. Have the Knicks reached the playoffs since Sheed left? Hell no.
Anyway, the former All-Star big man was invited to practice to impart his unique brand of wisdom upon the Knicks’ young frontline. And impart he did.
Rasheed Wallace is at Knicks practice and playing post up defense against Enes Kanter pic.twitter.com/d5dUrd3qNG— Stefan Bondy (@SBondyNYDN) October 28, 2018
It’s 2018 and the Rasheed Wallace is still wearing Air Force 1s with the straps dangling in the back pic.twitter.com/UlT2JSf1n4— Stefan Bondy (@SBondyNYDN) October 28, 2018
Rasheed Wallace has taken over Knicks practice pic.twitter.com/CVoUghMNHQ— Stefan Bondy (@SBondyNYDN) October 28, 2018
“Y’all coming off these screens bullshitting and lollygagging.” — Rasheed Wallace to the Knicks big men.— Stefan Bondy (@SBondyNYDN) October 28, 2018
“Bullshitting and lollygagging” — truly Sheed is a poet of the roundball.
Rookie Mitchell Robinson talked to Stefan Bondy about what it was like to work with Sheed:
“He pushed me to talk more on defense. I have a tendency to be a little quiet. And him, he brings it,” said Robinson, who didn’t watch Wallace much live because (want to feel old?), “that was way before my time.”
Thank, Mitch...now I feel terrible about my age.
Long story short, the Knicks are gonna win tomorrow.