Former NBA star Rasheed Wallace accepts high school basketball coaching job

Rasheed Wallace finally accepted a coaching job.

Despite receiving multiple offers to join NBA coaching staffs, the former UNC standout elected to take over the helm at Jordan High School in Durham, North Carolina.

“I did have some offers from a few NBA teams to be on their staff,” Wallace told the News & Observer on Friday. “The money was good, but it’s not about the money to me, it’s about that knowledge. Knowledge should be free and it doesn’t cost anything to pass that knowledge to these young men.”

Wallace left the Tar Heels after his sophomore season to pursue NBA dreams. He was selected fourth overall in the 1995 draft by the Washington Bullets and went on to become a four-time All-Star and won an NBA championship with the Pistons in 2004.

Wallace got his first taste of coaching his kids on the AAU circuit, but was convinced to do it full time when someone close to him compared it to being an NBA veteran.

“When I was there (in the NBA) playing, I had my younger guys on the team and I was teaching,” Wallace said. “This just keeps it going and I had that (coaching) bug since then.”

Wallace has always been a fiery competitor, as he set the NBA record for most technical fouls (41) in a season in 2000-2001.

But he had two Hall of Fame coaches in Dean Smith and Larry Brown that taught him valuable lessons he hopes to use in his new gig. According to Wallace, “patience” is key.

“I would say patience and getting to know your guys,” Wallace said. “If you get to know your guys they will buy into what you are saying. If you are straight forward with them, straight laced, they showed me to be there for your team and each individual player.”

Jordan High School finished last season with a 7-17 record.