Wallace, who made four All-Star teams and won an NBA title during his 16-year professional career, had been a high school head coach in North Carolina the last two seasons. He also spent one year on staff with the Pistons in 2013-14.
During his playing days, Wallace earned a reputation as a versatile and intelligent player with a penchant for technical fouls. We’ll have to see how he does as a Division I assistant, but the basketball world is certainly excited to see ‘Sheed get the opportunity.
Here’s a snippet of the reaction to the news.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 18, 2021
Big get for Memphis. Rasheed Wallace is a great addition: https://t.co/5C0M0YYznD
— John Canzano (@johncanzanobft) August 18, 2021
Sheeeeeeeeeeeeed! Love it!
— Damon Stoudamire (@Iambiggie503) August 18, 2021
Penny, Larry Brown, 'Sheed, Jalen Duren and, quite possibly, Emoni Bates.
It's glorious. Absolutely glorious. https://t.co/0pUd9Lc7cH
— Brian Hamilton (@_Brian_Hamilton) August 18, 2021
— Devin Walker (@Devin_Walker2) August 18, 2021
Rasheed Wallace was a technical waiting to happen back in the day. However, always thought he would be a good coach. Smart, unselfish and from I understand his teammates loved him. https://t.co/UqZxC7U38v
— Michael Grant (@MichaelGrant_CJ) August 18, 2021
Former UNC star Rasheed Wallace was set to coach a new high school team in Durham, Good, Better, Best, before taking on this new role with the Memphis team. https://t.co/nmebC0abgl
— Langston Wertz Jr. (@langstonwertzjr) August 18, 2021
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.