With the news of Rasheed Wallace being out for the remainder of the regular season and not likely returning until the first round of the playoffs, last week's signing of Kenyon Martin became even more important.
Despite Wallace being sidelined since December 13th, he was productive in his limited time. Wallace was averaging 7.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. Sure, these numbers don't jump out, but he presented a post presence that was extremely important coming off the bench, especially when the Knicks were lacking big men with Amare Stoudemire still out.
With STAT back in action, the big-man situation has improved, and Marcus Camby has been practicing, so we can hope to see him on the court relatively soon.
Aside from these veterans, the Knicks may also rely more on Chris Copeland, a forward, for a post presence.
On first glance, this may seem like a bad situation for the Knicks, but in reality, it isn't terrible. They have played without Wallace for over two months, and his absence is most likely not the reason for their sub-par play after a torrid start.
The platoon of Martin, STAT, Camby and Copeland will be vital if the Knicks hope to make a deep run into the playoffs this summer.