NBA World Reacts To The Rasheed Wallace News

Longtime NBA big man Rasheed Wallace has a new job. The former Detroit Pistons and Portland Trail Blazers star is joining Penny Hardaway’s staff at Memphis.

Former NBA All-Star Rasheed Wallace is heading to Memphis to join Penny Hardaway’s coaching staff, sources confirmed to CBS Sports’ on Wednesday. Wallace won a title with the Detroit Pistons in 2004 and will reunite with the coach of that team, Larry Brown, who was also hired as an assistant by Hardaway this offseason. Shams Charania of The Athletic first reported the news.

Wallace spent the past two seasons as coach of Jordan High School in Durham, North Carolina, before taking over at Good Better Best Academy in Durham. But it became obvious in recent weeks that a move to the college ranks might be in the works as Hardaway acknowledged publicly that he was a candidate for a spot on the Memphis staff.

The additions of Wallace and Brown constitute an overhaul to Hardaway’s staff as he looks for a breakthrough in his fourth season as the Tigers’ coach. Memphis has yet to make the NCAA Tournament under Hardaway, but the Tigers won the 2021 NIT and bring in the nation’s No. 5-ranked recruiting class headlined by five-star center Jalen Duren. They recently cracked Gary Parrish’s Top 25 And 1 at No. 17.

Wallace’s hiring at Memphis also comes as the Tigers are in hot pursuit of Emoni Bates, another five-star prospect from the class of 2021, who is expected to announce his future plans soon.

Rasheed Wallace

Rasheed Wallace
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Wallace with the Pistons in 2008
Personal information
Born September 17, 1974 (age 46)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school Simon Gratz
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
College North Carolina (1993–1995)
NBA draft 1995 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall
Selected by the Washington Bullets
Playing career 1995–2010, 2012–2013
Position Power forward / Center
Number 30, 36
Coaching career 2013–present
Career history
As player:
1995–1996 Washington Bullets
19962004 Portland Trail Blazers
2004 Atlanta Hawks
20042009 Detroit Pistons
2009–2010 Boston Celtics
2012–2013 New York Knicks
As coach:
2013–2014 Detroit Pistons (assistant)
2019–present Jordan HS
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 16,006 (14.4 ppg)
Rebounds 7,404 (6.7 rpg)
Blocks 1,460 (1.3 bpg)
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Rasheed Abdul Wallace (born September 17, 1974) is an American former professional basketball player who played 16 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). A native of Philadelphia, Wallace played college basketball at the University of North Carolina before moving on to the NBA in 1995.

Originally selected by the Washington Bullets (now known as the Washington Wizards) as the fourth pick in the 1995 NBA draft, Wallace was named to the All-Rookie second team following his first season. He was then traded to the Portland Trail Blazers after the season. With Portland he was a key member of the Trail Blazers team that made it to the Western Conference Finals in 1999 and 2000, and was an NBA All-Star in 2000 and 2001. Wallace averaged a career best 19.4 points per game in 2002 for the Trail Blazers.

During the 2003–04 season Portland traded him to the Atlanta Hawks where he played one game before he was traded to the Detroit Pistons. With the Pistons, Wallace won the NBA championship in 2004, and reached the NBA Finals in the following season before losing to the San Antonio Spurs in seven games. Individually, Wallace was an NBA All-Star in 2006 and 2008. After the 2008–09 season, Wallace left the Pistons as a free agent and signed with the Boston Celtics, where he played until retiring in 2010. He returned to sign a one-year deal to play for the New York Knicks in 2012. On April 17, 2013, Wallace announced his second retirement.

Early life and education

Wallace began his basketball career while attending Simon Gratz High School. He was named USA Today’s High School Player of the Year after his senior season and was selected first-team All America by Basketball Times. Wallace was also a two-time Parade All-American first teamer. Despite playing just 19 minutes per game, Wallace averaged 16 points, 15 rebounds, and seven blocks his senior year. In addition to basketball, Wallace played baseball and also ran track and high jumped as a teenager. He played in the Roundball Classic, scoring 30 points in a losing effort. Wallace, along with Randy Livingston and Jerry Stackhouse, were considered the top three players in the 1993 class.

College career

University of North Carolina coach Dean Smith recruited Wallace to Chapel Hill, North Carolina for his college years. Smith was a revered mentor both to Wallace and Wallace’s eventual Detroit coach Larry Brown. Wallace has indicated that this North Carolina bond with Brown helped him adjust quickly to the Pistons system. During his brief time at North Carolina, Wallace had success in the national spotlight. He was named a second-team All-American by the AP his second year at UNC.

Wallace and fellow future NBA player Jerry Stackhouse helped lead the Tar Heels to the NCAA Final Four in 1995. He left North Carolina to enter the 1995 NBA draft after his sophomore season, being selected with the fourth pick overall by the Washington Bullets.

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At Memphis, Wallace will work alongside Penny Hardaway and Larry Brown on what is a star-studded coaching staff. In three seasons under Hardaway, the Tigers have gone 63-32 and won the 2021 NIT, but are still looking for an NCAA Tournament berth.

Perhaps ‘Sheed can help them break through in 2022.