Three weeks ago, Memphis hired Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown to its staff. Fast forward to this weekend, and the program is targeting a four-time All-Star.
NBA insider March Stein is reporting that Rasheed Wallace has “emerged as a prime candidate” to join Hardaway’s staff as an assistant coach.
Stein didn’t mention if a deal is imminent at this time. That being said, Wallace seems to have the inside track at this job.
Wallace is known for his career as a player, but he actually has some experience as a coach too. He was an assistant for the Detroit Pistons from 2013-14 and has been part of Charles E. Jordan High School’s staff since 2019.
From the college ranks: Sources say Rasheed Wallace has emerged as a prime candidate to join Penny Hardaway's Memphis staff as an assistant coach.
Penny has already hired Larry Brown, the only coach to win NCAA and NBA titles, as an assistant.
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It’s worth noting that Wallace played under Brown for two seasons in the Detroit. They won a championship together during the 2003-04 season.
Last season, Memphis had a 20-8 record under Hardaway. The Tigers didn’t start the year on a strong note, but they finished their AAC schedule with an 11-4 record and won the NIT.
With a better supporting cast around him, Hardaway could potentially lead Memphis to its first NCAA Tournament berth since he took over as the head coach.