Memphis hired NBA All-Star Rasheed Wallace four times as assistant coach on Wednesday, according to The athlete‘s Shams Charania.
Wallace, 46, will join the staff of former NBA All-Star Penny Hardaway, who has served as Memphis’ head coach since 2018. Larry Brown, who coached Wallace in Detroit when the Pistons won the final in 2004, will also be a assistant at Tigre in 2021-22.
The former Pistons and Blazers star played 16 NBA seasons from 1995-2013. He averaged 14.4 points and 6.7 rebounds in his career and was considered at his highest to be one of the game’s top power forwards.
Wallace is perhaps best known for his propensity to earn technical fouls, highlighted by a 41-technical season in 2000-01. Wallace also holds the all-time record for most career technical errors by a player with 317. In the meantime, it would not be surprising if his infamous slogan “the ball does not lie“is heard from the Memphis bench at some point this season.
Memphis enters the 2021-22 season and is seeking the program’s first NCAA tournament spot since 2014. Hardaway is 63–32 in three seasons in Memphis, which has sent two players to the NBA during his tenure.
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