From the moment the Madison Square Garden crowd started chanting his name on opening night; Rasheed Wallace became an instant fan favorite among New York Knicks fans.
But could Wallace’s comeback from a two year retirement ultimately land him a future job on the sidelines?
A piece on Yahoo! Sports suggested that Wallace has some interest in coaching in the future.
Knicks’ head coach Mike Woodson had everything to do with Wallace coming out of retirement and at his age (38), even ‘Sheed can’t play forever. That begs the question of if one day we could see Wallace as an NBA assistant, perhaps even on Woodson’s staff with the Knicks?
“I know for a fact that’s his aspiration,” says (old 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.”
As recent as a few years ago, the thought of Wallace as a coach would seem ludicrous. With his bad boy temper and long list of technical fouls, he just wouldn’t make a coach, especially if he would stand up during games screaming “Ball Don’t Lie,” at officials. Add to that the fact that Wallace has always had a reputation of not wanting to talk to the media and there would be no way that he could coach in the NBA.
But this is a different ‘Sheed.
He takes an interest in helping players develop their games. Add to the fact the way he communicates on the floor, especially defensively, that Wallace is in essence another coach out on the floor.
On the surface, Wallace will always try to portray that bad boy image, but strip all of that away and you have a guy that’s a great teacher and communicator.
Everything a future coach should be.
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