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Lakers hiring Rasheed Wallace as assistant coach

Memphis Tigers Assistant Coach Rasheed Wallace talks to his team during their first official practice, which they held in front of fans from the Rebounders Club at the Laurie-Walton Family Basketball Center on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021.Jrca2565
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New Los Angeles Lakers head coach Darvin Ham is adding four-time NBA All-Star Rasheed Wallace to his coaching staff, The Athletic reported Monday.

Wallace spent last season as an assistant coach at the University of Memphis under Penny Hardaway, who hinted that Wallace would be joining the Lakers, per the report.

Wallace, 47, and Ham were teammates on the Detroit Pistons’ 2004 NBA championship squad.

Wallace averaged 14.4 points and 6.7 rebounds in 1,109 games (956 starts) with the then-Washington Bullets, Portland Trail Blazers, Atlanta Hawks, Pistons, Boston Celtics and New York Knicks. He was the No. 4 overall pick in the 1995 NBA Draft by Washington.

Wallace was an assistant coach with the Pistons from 2013-14 and coached at Jordan High School in Durham, N.C., from 2019-20

The Lakers officially named Ham as the head coach last Friday to replace Frank Vogel, who was fired in April after a disappointing 33-49 season in 2021-22.

–Field Level Media