Los Angeles Lakers new head coach Darwin Hamm is adding four-time NBA All-Star Rashed Wallace to his coaching staff, The Athletic reported Monday.
Wallace spent last season as an assistant coach at the University of Memphis under Penny Hardway, who indicated that Wallace would join the Lakers, according to reports.
Wallace, 47, and Ham were teammates in the Detroit Pistons’ 2004 NBA Championship squad.
During his inaugural press conference with the Lakers on Monday, Hamm said that the news of Wallace’s appointment was “not true at all” and that discussions were still “fluid”.
“In Rasheed’s case, it’s an active situation, it’s fluid,” Ham said. “He is definitely a candidate we will look at once, but we are working through it. We have names and lists of some of the people who are currently under contract and we are working with some really, really talented coaches. We are working through this to select the best possible staff. ”
Wallace averaged 14.4 points and 6.7 rebounds (956 starts) in 1,109 games with the then Washington Bullets, Portland Trail Blazers, Atlanta Hawks, Pistons, Boston Celtics and New York Knicks. He was No. 4 overall pick in Washington’s 1995 NBA Draft.
Wallace was assistant coach of the Pistons from 2013-14 and instructor at Jordan High School in Durham, NC from 2019-20.
The Lakers formally named Ham as head coach last Friday to replace Frank Vogel, who was sacked in April after a disappointing 33-49 season in 2021-22.
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