According to NBA insider Shams Charania, four-time NBA All-Star Rasheed Wallace is joining Memphis as an assistant. This will be Wallace’s first college coaching job, but not his first coaching job.
Wallace has spent the last two years as the boys varsity basketball head coach at Jordan High School in North Carolina. He had a one-year stint as an assistant to the Detroit Pistons during the 2013-14 season.
In between his head coaching stints, Wallace has been doing philanthropy work. One of his biggest projects has been assisting people affected by the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.
16-year NBA veteran Rasheed Wallace – a 2004 champion and four-time All-Star – has agreed to a deal to become a new assistant coach at University of Memphis under Penny Hardaway, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 18, 2021
During his 16-year NBA career, Rasheed Wallace was a dominating force at power forward. After a solid rookie year with the Washington Bullets in the 1995-96 season, he was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers, where his career really took off.
In eight seasons with the Trail Blazers, Wallace averaged 16.8 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. He made All-Star appearances with the team in 2000 and 2001.
His 2003-04 season was a chaotic one that saw him start with Portland, get traded to the Atlanta Hawks and finish the season with the NBA champion Detroit Pistons.
Wallace would spent five more full seasons with the Pistons, one with the Boston Celtics and one with the New York Knicks before retiring in 2013.