Former NBA star Rasheed Wallace would no longer join the Los Angeles Lakers coaching staff for the 2022-23 season.
“After further conversations, former NBA All-Star Rasheed Wallace will no longer join the staff of new Lakers coach Darvin Ham, sources have said,” Shams Charania of The Athletic said. wrote. “Wallace was an assistant under Penny Hardaway at the University of Memphis last season.”
It’s unclear what has changed for Wallace, as it was expected earlier this summer that he would join the Los Angeles staff.
The Lakers hired Ham as head coach a few months ago after spending time with the Milwaukee Bucks as an assistant coach.
Ham broke into NBA coaching in 2011 as an assistant coach for the Lakers. He later served on the coaching staff of the Atlanta Hawks. He also played in the NBA for eight seasons on several different teams from the 1996-97 season to the 2004-05 season.
Wallace, a four-time All-Star during that playing career, last played in the NBA in the 2012-13 season for the New York Knicks.
He would have been a perfect coach to work with Lakers star Anthony Davis, as Wallace played a very similar game to the current Lakers big man.
For his career, Wallace averaged 14.4 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 1.8 assists per game while shooting 46.7% from the field and 33.6% from the field. exterior of the arch. He was known for his physical style of play and extreme passion.
Even though Wallace no longer joins the Los Angeles staff, the Lakers will hope Ham can lead the team to a playoff appearance after missing the playoffs in the 2021-22 campaign.