In Focus: Rasheed Wallace
Chris Dudley calms down an angry Rasheed Wallace during a 2001 Blazers-Jazz game. (John W. McDonough/SI)
By Andy Gray
After a two-year retirement, Rasheed Wallace is back in the NBA playing for the Knicks. Though he’s embraced his “Brian Scalabrine” role as last man off the bench, New York coach Mike Woodson inserted Wallace into the game on Monday with 5:34 left in the third quarter. Wallace scored 10 points, including a buzzer-beating three-pointer to end the third quarter, as New York rolled past Philadelphia 110-88. From high school to the Knicks, here’s a look at the career of Rasheed. To view even more photos, follow the link below.
GALLERY: Rare photos of Rasheed Wallace
Wallace speaks to his coach while a student at Philadelphia’s Simon Gratz High School. (Damian Strohmeyer/SI)
Wallace and his mother Jackie enjoy a day at the beach in 1992. (Damian Strohmeyer/SI)
Wallace dunks over a slew of defenders during a 1995 North Carolina-Duke game. (Bob Donnan/SI)
Wallace sits on the Bullets bench with a towel over his head during a 1996 game against the Hornets. (Jim Gund/SI)
Wallace posts up Kevin Garnett during a 2000 first round playoff game between the Blazers and Timberwolves. The two would join forces on the Celtics 10 years later. (John Biever/SI)
Wallace skies for a rebound while playing against the Cavs in the 2006 Eastern Conference semifinals. Wallace won his only championship with Detroit in 2004. (John Biever/SI)
An excited Wallace lets out a scream during Game 4 of the 2010 NBA Finals against the Lakers. (Bob Rosato/SI)
Wallace waits by the scorer’s table during Monday’s game against the Sixers. (Jesse D. Garrabrant/Getty Images)
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