On Tuesday afternoon, JR Smith and Rasheed Wallace participated in the Knicks practice session at MSG Training Center. Smith is recovering from a sore left ankle and Wallace continues to build his conditioning level for the regular season. Despite the work on the floor today, head coach Mike Woodson said Smith, Wallace, and Marcus Camby will not play against the Nets in the preseason finale on Wednesday night in Long Island.
Wallace explained his mindset after finding out Amar’e Stoudemire will miss the next 2-3 weeks. “I feel like my timetable got moved up but again it’s up to coach Woodson. I’m ready when he needs to me.”
The 7-foot veteran also described his conditioning level, “When I first came in, I was in good shape but it wasn’t basketball shape and there’s a big difference. I could go out there and run a couple miles but now getting in basketball shape, it’s more sprint and stop, sprint and stop almost like a car, city driving. Stop and go, stop and go, so that’s what I have to get used to.”
The Knicks have completed five preseason games thus far and Wallace has assessed the squad while attempting to help the younger players.
“But the games that I did catch there was times when I would talk to the younger guys to try to get them to do key things, play defense, rebound more, defend the man more, play team defense, talk. So, it’s just the little things that we need to work on that will make us a better team,” Wallace stated.
Ronnie Brewer is progressing at practice as he ran with the team and was involved with all the conditioning drills in the beginning of the workout today. Woodson was pleased with Brewer’s involvement and would like to increase his minutes to 20-22 against Brooklyn. Brewer played 15 minutes in Syracuse on Monday night, which was his preseason debut.