Knicks forward Rasheed Wallace has a stress reaction in his left foot and is being listed as day-to-day.
A Knicks source told SNY.tv Saturday morning it was a “stress reaction,” and the team then told reporters at its Westchester practice facility that that was the case. The Daily News on Saturday first reported Wallace had a stress fracture.
The Knicks had been telling the media Wallace had a “sore foot” and listing him that way.
Wallace has missed four straight games, including Friday’s 110-106 loss to the Chicago Bulls, and hasn’t practiced in 10 days.
Knicks coach Mike Woodson said Wallace “will make the trip” to the West Coast, beginning with Tuesday’s game at the Lakers, “but he is still day-to-day.”
A stress reaction is not as serious as a stress fracture but is more serious than a “sore foot,” Dr. Craig Fishel, a sports chiropractor with The Wellness Center of New York who is not treating Wallace, told SNY.tv.
“He has already been down 10/11 days,” Dr. Fishel said. “He will be back in approximately 7-10 more days.”
A 7-10 day time frame would mean Wallace could return for the Jan. 1 game against Portland or the Jan. 3 game against San Antonio.
Wallace, 38, returned to the NBA this season with the Knicks after retiring two years ago. He is averaging 7.2 points and 4.2 rebounds off the bench.