NEW YORK (AP) -Allan Houston is rejoining the New York Knicks, two years after knee pain forced him to walk away.
The Knicks re-signed their former star guard Wednesday and expect him to begin his attempt to make the team at practice Friday.
Once one of the NBA's best outside shooters, Houston retired two years ago this month after chronic knee pain limited him to 70 games over the previous two seasons. Now at age 36, he's trying to make it back with the team he led to an improbable berth in the 1999 NBA finals.
``After much thought and prayer, I have decided to return to the NBA as a member of the New York Knicks,'' Houston said in a statement. ``I have worked extremely hard in the last year and a half to accomplish my dream of playing in the NBA again.''
``After my wife and I were blessed with the birth of our fourth child last week, I realized that New York is where I am supposed to be, and the Knick uniform is the one I want to wear. I have seen the Garden in some of its best moments, and I truly believe that this team is on the verge of experiencing that again. This team is hungry and energetic. I hope to contribute in the weeks and months ahead.''
Houston had also considered making his comeback with the New Jersey Nets, but has remained close to the Knicks organization. He was captain of the team for six seasons.

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