Rasheed Wallace no longer plans to join the Los Angeles Lakers coaching staff, according to a report from Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium.
Charania previously reported in June that Wallace agreed to a deal to become a Lakers assistant under new head coach Darvin Ham.
At his introductory press conference, Ham confirmed Wallace was in the mix to join the staff but didn’t say he had officially joined the team. The two have been friends for several years after playing with the Detroit Pistons together. They won an NBA title (ironically, against the Lakers) with the Pistons under head coach Larry Brown in 2004.
Now, Ham will look elsewhere for another addition to bolster his staff as he looks to turn around the Lakers following a disappointing 33-49 season.
The former Portland Trail Blazers star, Wallace spent part of last season as an assistant coach under Penny Hardaway at the University of Memphis. Hardaway told the Commercial Appeal at the time that Wallace’s plan when he joined Memphis’ staff was to be a part of Ham’s coaching staff all along.
It’s unclear whether Wallace will pursue another coaching opportunity in the NBA, but it wouldn’t be his first job. He previously served as an assistant for the Pistons in 2013-14 after retiring from the league.
Wallace, 47, played 16 seasons in the NBA after starring at the University of North Carolina. He played for Washington, Portland, Atlanta, Detroit, Boston, and New York during his career.
- Aron Yohannes