I love Rasheed Wallace’s character and the role he’s taken on the Knicks but “Coach Wallace” will that be a good idea? Read more after the jump.
“I know for a fact that’s his aspiration,” says (longtime friend Bo) Donaldson. “He loves to teach. I can see him as an NBA assistant. That’s what it’ll have to be for him.”
The idea of Wallace as a coach has been discussed before – there’s even a “Coach Sheed Movement” – but it was quickly met with jokes about him getting tossed out of every game 30 seconds after the end of the national anthem….
Wallace says he isn’t thinking about his future. He shrugs off the idea of coaching. “Just playing,” he insists. But he’s clearly not “just playing.” He’s helping younger players develop their games, which is something that comes naturally for him whether in the NBA or during summer pick-up games at his old Philly high school, Simon Gratz. The media always notice his screaming at refs, but most of his talk is instructive and directed at teammates.
There’s no doubt in my mind that Sheed has the ability to teach younger ballers, I’ve already seen the difference he’s made with the Knicks not to mention kids in his community. Still coaching might not be the best move for him, I think he’s best suited to maybe run a basketball program after he officially retires from the league.