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Wallace to test sore knee and play against Sonics

2/3/2007 - NBA Ben Wallace Chicago Bulls + more

SEATTLE -- Ben Wallace surprised the Chicago Bulls by going
from uncomfortable Friday morning to ready to test his bruised knee
that night against the Seattle SuperSonics.

The head of Miami's Udonis Haslem hit Wallace's left knee late
in last Saturday's win. The center and rebounding force missed the
opener to Chicago's seven-game trip Wednesday at the Los Angeles
Clippers. Then at the Bulls' shootaround Friday morning, he told
trainer Fred Tedeschi and coach Scott Skiles that he was
"uncomfortable" moving laterally.

But after riding an exercise bike during the day, Wallace told
Skiles, "I'm ready."

"I like to be prepared," Wallace said, sliding compression
wraps over both knees in the locker room about 75 minutes before
tipoff.

Skiles said there is concern for now over Wallace being able to
play in back-to-back games, but Chicago doesn't have those until
Thursday and Friday at Sacramento and Golden State. TThe Bulls' next
game is Saturday night at Portland.

"He said he's going to communicate with me if he's not feeling
well. He's lying," Skiles joked.

Wallace, who signed with the Bulls as a free agent in July, is
averaging 6.5 points and 10.1 rebounds this season.