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Report: Pistons will hire Rasheed Wallace as assistant coach

Jul 8, 2013, 3:54 PM EDT

New York Knicks'  Wallace jokes around on the bench in the first quarter of their NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks at Madison Square Garden in New York

Rasheed Wallace’s temper distracted from the rest of his game. Few saw his advanced post moves, perfect defensive positioning (Game 5 of the 2005 Finals aside) and deft passing.

Rather, most just focused on the technical fouls – though, to be fair, there were a lot of technical fouls.

But Pistons general manager Joe Dumars and new Detroit coach Maurice Cheeks, who coached Wallace in Portland, saw the wise side of Sheed.

Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News:

It hasn’t been announced, but former Piston Rasheed Wallace will join the Pistons’ coaching staff this season.

Wallace strolled into the Amway Center wearing a polo shirt with the Pistons’ team logo on Monday

The Pistons are playing summer league in Orlando, where Wallace was on the Pistons sideline today talking with the team’s young players during their game against the Celtics. I have zero doubt he can dispense helpful advice in that role.

But being an NBA assistant coach is a ton of work, and though Dumars has said he discussed the grind with Wallace, there’s no way of knowing how Wallace will handle it throughout an 82-game season. Going from playing to coaching is an adjustment, and Sheed must also learn how his role in the locker room will change.

At least he’ll be going through this process as an assistant for a team with only playoff aspirations, not in the pressure-packed situation of being the head coach of a contender, like his Knicks teammate last season is doing.

  1. Bryce - Jul 8, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    …and the technical fouls continue…

  2. saint1997 - Jul 8, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    Whistle don’t lie

  3. bellerophon30 - Jul 8, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    By all accounts Rod Strickland has been a solid citizen as an assistant coach at various stops………and if he can do it……….

    But c’mon, I smirked when I saw this, just like 90% of you.

  4. JHathwell - Jul 8, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    This is a great hire.

    For anyone who doubts it, go back and read those old SI player polls and check up on who won the “Who is the most liked player in the NBA?” poll EVERY SINGLE YEAR.

  5. rodge1 - Jul 8, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    Will Latrell Sprewell be coaching Golden State next?

    • sjbrown8 - Jul 8, 2013 at 4:56 PM

      No where near comparable: Sprewell chocked a coach, wasn’t nearly as talented or team-oriented as a player, and has encountered several off-the-court issues (i.e. financial issues, restraining orders, relational issues) whereas ‘Sheed has never crossed those lines and has a stable personal life.

      Completely different guys.

    • mydoghasfleez - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:21 PM

      Latrell declined, so they made the offer to Alan Iverson.

  6. drunkenjunk - Jul 8, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    You act like sheed doesn’t have the mental capacity for this. He’s not dumb.

  7. Gordon - Jul 8, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Just CTC and he’ll be there.

  8. bifford - Jul 8, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Coach don’t lie!

  9. starvingardens - Jul 8, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    He got a spot on the coaching staff just like he’s got that spot on his head. Just like the one on his head, he will stand out.

  10. sjbrown8 - Jul 8, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    This should be interesting. ‘Sheed obviously had a basketball IQ that made him an effective player who could play team-first basketball, score, and play great defense (even while registering some iffy shot selections).

    I think he will be able to connect with players really well. Because he was so boisterous and temperamental, it’s easy to assume he doesn’t have the demeanor, intelligence, or teaching skills necessary to coach.

    BUT…When I look at the whole picture, ‘Sheed never had off-the-court problems; when you look at on-the-court issues, he got his tech’s…lot’s of them, but he never went overboard (i.e. Malice at the Palace, he was no where to be seen); he has a relatively stable personal life: four kids by the same woman with whom he is married; it appears he’s taken care of his money and isn’t bankrupt like some (i.e. Iverson, Scott Pippen); and he is quietly, very active in the community.

    Outside of the way ‘Sheed presents himself, he is actually a class act and a reasonably stable individual. He’s an extremely authentic guy, so I don’t know if he will ever evade the ‘bad boy’ image, but he’s obviously a smart guy. I look forward to seeing him make the transition into coaching.

  11. losangelesbillsofbuffalo - Jul 8, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    heyy-ayy-ayyee-ayyee…

    …coach ‘sheed everyday.

  12. chiadam - Jul 8, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    thank you, baby Jesus.

  13. snipedanglecelly13 - Jul 8, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Here comes the ejections lol

  14. metrocritical - Jul 8, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    During his time with the Pistons, Sheed was a heady, hustling and well liked teammate and should be a positive influence on Detroit’s young bigs. If they can duplicate Wallace’s effort and results, no one will complain if the technicals increase this year.

  15. icelovinbrotha215 - Jul 8, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    ‘SHEEEEEEEEDDDDDD!!!! I hope he has long tenure in his 2nd job in the NBA.

  16. iamhoraceknight - Jul 8, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    Great Hire By Detroit. Sheed can/will teach Drummond, Monroe and Josh Smith how to be play defense and be team players.

  17. northstarnic - Jul 8, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    Will Latrell Sprewell be coaching Golden State next?

    Makes sense to me. After all, he’s got a family to feed!

    • badintent - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:34 AM

      and now a drum roll for the $27 million he left on the plate.The only way he gonna feed family is at Food Bank or Dollarama.

  18. 00maltliquor - Jul 9, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    This hiring is so badass! I like it! So this past season the Knicks had HOW many coaches?

  19. pistolpete0903 - Jul 9, 2013 at 4:13 AM

    Always loved Sheed the way he played (bar for his sometime head scratching shot selection). Unfortunately and unfairly, he was always associated with his ‘Jail’Blazer days.

    Would be really interesting to see how this pans out.
    I can already see him in the press conference ‘My team played hard…..my team played hard’

  20. dale19357116 - Jul 9, 2013 at 5:46 AM

    Cheeks and Wallace,back together again,i love it.That Pistn team will be able to “COMPETE”.

  21. @Cereal_22 - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Further proof that this league is run & operated by jerks

  22. thekumbaman - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    best thing pistons did in a long time

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