Rasheed Wallace chose Pistons over Knicks to be near his kids

Rasheed Wallace could’ve joined the Knicks coaching staff, according to Andy Vasquez of NorthJersey.com.

So, why did he choose the Pistons, let alone coaching in general as his post-retirement plan? Keith Langlois of Pistons.com:

“I know I can,” he said after sitting on the bench as the Pistons lost 93-63 to Boston on the second day of Summer League play. “I know that I have the skill set to be able to help a lot of younger players out, but on the other hand, do I want to do it or do I want that retirement freedom to be able to do things with my kids?”

What tipped the scales for him was a harmonic convergence: Cheeks, a coach he respected from their time in Portland; Dumars, the executive who brought him to Detroit to win a championship; and his children’s presence in Detroit, where they have continued to live.

“It was a blessing in disguise,” he said. “My kids are still back in Detroit and I have the best of both now. I’ll be able to do what I want to do and that’s be able to teach young guys how to play basketball the right way and still be with my kids.”

Really glad that worked out for Sheed, who’s always come across as a family man. It also really works out for the Pistons, who are getting an incredible amount of raw coaching talent.

I’m really looking forward to watching Wallace learn the finer points of the job, and I’m especially glad it will be happening in Detroit.

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