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Report: Knicks' Wallace might be out for season

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New York Knicks power forward Rasheed Wallace hasn't played since mid-December, and it's unclear when he'll return.

According to ESPNNewYork.com, the stress reaction in Wallace's left foot could keep him sidelined long-term, possibly all season.

Coach Mike Woodson addressed the issue while talking with reporters in London ahead of the Knicks' Thursday game against the Detroit Pistons, and he had a different view.

"He'll be back -- but when, I don't know," Woodson said, according to ESPNNewYork.com. "We're gradually trying to get him back where he can run again so he can get back in a uniform. But when, we don't know when yet."

Wallace, 38, averaged 7.2 points and 4.2 rebounds in 14.6 minutes during the 20 games he played this season. He has missed the Knicks' past 15 games, and the team has gone 7-8 in that span. New York is 16-4 when Wallace plays.

The Knicks will get another injured player back Thursday. Guard Iman Shumpert is set to return for the first time since having left knee surgery after sustaining an anterior cruciate ligament injury in the playoffs.

Woodson said there's a chance Shumpert might immediately resume his role as a starter.

Shumpert averaged 9.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists as a rookie last season.
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