NBA forward Rasheed Wallace has officially retired from playing the game of pro basketball, the New York Knicks announced Wednesday.
Wallace has suited up for 21 games this season with the New York Knicks but has missed a majority of the season when he suffered a stress fracture in his right foot. He was on the floor Monday night in the team’s game against the Charlotte Bobcats for the first time since Dec. 13 but played just four minutes due to foot soreness.
“Rasheed has given this team everything he had,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson said in a statement provided by the team. “He is a winner, true professional and leader on and off the court. Due to his injury, he will not be available to play for us during the playoffs.”
Wallace was a first-round draft pick in 1995 and has played 15 seasons in the NBA. He won an NBA championship with the Detroit Pistons in 2004.