(ORLANDO, Fla.) — Jason Kidd isn’t the only recently retired NBA player to get a coaching gig. The Detroit Pistons have agreed on a two-year deal with Rasheed Wallace to become an assistant head coach.
“He’s going to bring a lot of knowledge of how to help our young guys play on the block, because he’s been around the league for, like, forever,” Pistons head coach Maurice Cheeks said. “With him having played that position for such a long time, I know he’s going to be a great asset to what we’re building.”
After a two-year absence, the 38-year-old Wallace played for the New York Knicks this past season. He spent 17 years in the NBA, but won his one and only NBA Championship with the Pistons back in 2004.
The Pistons and Wallace were said to be working during the past month as the team was looking for a replacement for Lawrence Frank who recently left the team to join the Brooklyn Nets staff.
Cheeks is familiar with what Wallace can bring to a basketball team. Cheeks coached Wallace during some of his best seasons of his career when the two were part of the Portland Trail Blazers organization.
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John Newsome and Anne Woolsey, CNN