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Knicks' Rasheed Wallace retires

New York Knicks forward/center Rasheed Wallace announced his retirement from pro basketball on Wednesday.

Wallace played in just 21 games this season due to a fractured left foot. The 6-foot-11, 230-pounder, who had surgery on Feb. 28, tried to return to the court on Monday against the Bobcats, but lasted just four minutes before leaving the game.

"Rasheed has given this team everything he had," Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. "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. We owe this season's success to veterans like Rasheed."

The 38-year-old Wallace, who came out of a two-year retirement to join the Knicks this season, averaged 7.0 points and 4.0 rebounds for New York, which is locked into the second seed and will host the Boston Celtics in the first round of the playoffs.

Wallace played in 1,109 career games (956 starts) over 15 seasons with Washington, Portland, Atlanta, Detroit, Boston and New York, averaging 14.4 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.3 blocks.

A four-time NBA All-Star, Wallace won an NBA Championship with Detroit in 2004 alongside Woodson, then an assistant coach.

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