The Los Angeles Lakers are set to hire former NBA player Rasheed Wallace as an assistant coach under new Head Coach Darvin Ham. He spent this past season as an assistant coach with the Memphis Tigers under Penny Hardaway. The Tigers Head Coach originally stated this and it was late confirmed by the Los Angeles Lakers organization. Wallace has been getting more involved in coaching and has worked his way up to an NBA coaching job.
Sources: Four-time NBA All-Star Rasheed Wallace has agreed on a deal to be an assistant coach for the Lakers under new head coach Darvin Ham. Both were teammates in Detroit and part of the 2004 title team. Memphis‘ Penny Hardaway hinted today Wallace may join Ham in LA.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 6, 2022
Rasheed Wallace first joined the coaching ranks when he joined the Detroit Pistons coaching staff in 2013 but was not retained the next year under new Head Coach Stan Van Gundy. Then in 2019, he was named the Head Coach of Jordan High School in Durham, North Carolina. In August of 2021, Wallace agreed to join the Memphis Tigers as an assistant coach. Now he returns to the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers. Wallace has played for and coached with some of the best minds in basketball.
From assistant to head coach. Darvin Ham knows the Purple and Gold ?? pic.twitter.com/JUat2dDzW8
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) June 5, 2022
Rasheed Wallace brings in plenty of knowledge and NBA experience and could be an immediate positive for Lakers star Anthony Davis. The rest of the Lakers coaching staff is likely to be more experienced coaching-wise, but this is still a great addition to the staff. With Wallace back in the NBA, “ball don’t lie”.