‘Sheed finally in shape enough to practice with Knicks

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Three weeks of intense conditioning has finally gotten Rasheed Wallace in shape enough to step on a basketball court.

Rasheed Wallace practiced with the Knicks on Tuesday. So tweets Jonah Ballow of Knicks.com.

The Knicks signed Wallace a few weeks back, but to a non-guaranteed contract, in part because of conditioning concerns. After a couple seasons out of the league, he wasn’t exactly in game shape. To put it kindly. But after a few weeks of intensive conditioning he got on the court for practice. It’s a start.

The Knicks have a preseason game on Wednesday night, but I wouldn’t bet on him playing. Not that I want to get in the business of predicting anything related to ‘Sheed, just my sense that usually one practice is a long way from playing in a game.

A guy you might see Wednesday is J.R. Smith, who didn’t travel with the team on a recent road trip after tweaking his Achilles, but he did practice on Tuesday. When the season starts next week the Knicks are counting on him for big minutes, if not as a starter then as the sixth man. They need him back.