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NBA: Knicks' Rasheed Wallace retires again


Rasheed Wallace, who came out of a two-year retirement to join the New York Knicks this season, has retired again from the NBA.

Wallace, used as both a forward and a center, played just 21 games this season because of a broken left foot.

The 38-year-old had surgery on February 28, but his bid to return to the court on Monday lasted just four minutes before he left a game against the Charlotte Bobcats.

"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."

Wallace averaged seven points and four rebounds for the Knicks, who are assured of the second seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs and will host the Boston Celtics in the first round.

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

The four-time NBA All-Star won an NBA title with Detroit in 2004.