Rasheed Wallace has been confirmed as a candidate for Darvin Ham’s Los Angeles Lakers coaching staff. Lakers fans are hyped to potentially see a familiar name joining the fray. Kevin Garnett, a former rival and teammate of Wallace, shared how the former Detroit Pistons cager could help propel Anthony Davis’ game to greater heights.
Genius and mastermind
While most fans know Wallace for his life-long beef with the referees, true ballers know how the one-time NBA Champion is a terrific player. Garnett believes that Wallace could aid Anthony Davis in every way possible.
“I think this is great for this Lakers team. I think Anthony Davis needs an influence that he can have, someone in his ears. Rasheed Wallace is one of the best f**kin power forwards to ever play in our league, he is full of knowledge, he hasn’t shared that knowledge with the world, but I talk basketball with him several times, he is nothing below a genius and a mastermind,” Garnett said.
This would be Wallace’s second foray into the NBA as a coach. His first tenure along the NBA sidelines was in the 2013-14 NBA season for the Pistons as an assistant. He later coached Jordan High School in North Carolina and the NCAA’s Memphis Tigers.
It would be interesting to know precisely how Wallace would help improve Davis’ game. After all, Sheed is considered one of the earliest iterations of the stretch-4. The man was an assassin from deep in catch-and-shoot situations. But since stretch bigs weren’t a big thing in the league during his prime, Wallace had to unveil another aspect of his offensive game.
He thrived in post-up situations as he wasn’t just an ordinary big man. Wallace quickly pushed weaker foes under the rim using his brute strength. Rasheed went to his smooth fade-away jumper if his defender matched him in power.
Note that Wallace’s prime was the time when the best big men in the history of the league ruled. He was matched up with Dirk Nowitzki, Tim Duncan, and Kevin Garnett — considered the ultimate power forward trinity. Later in his career, Wallace even went toe-to-toe with a young Dwight Howard.
No matter which angle you view it from, the Wallace recruitment would be a win for the Lakers. Sheed has the resume to challenge everyone on the Lakers roster. When he speaks, players will listen.