Knowing that, the Pistons hired Wallace to help mentor their young big men in Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond, who have reportedly been working with Wallace this offseason on their post moves, especially Drummond.
Per the Detroit News:
The next step in his basketball evolution is a back-to-the-basket game, which is why he was scheduled to work with NBA Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon this summer before Olajuwon became a full-time member of the Houston Rockets organization.
Working with Rasheed Wallace, now a member of the Pistons’ coaching staff, isn’t exactly a consolation prize, though. Wallace has a wealth, of knowledge to pass on and Drummond is taking heed.
“He’s helped a lot with my back to the basket now, just getting comfortable with it,” Drummond said. “I have to be able to step out and take a 15-foot jump shot.”
Fans would probably love to see Drummond with a more sophisticated post game, and as evidenced by Wallace’s slight limp across the practice facility floor — thanks to a grueling game of two-on-two where teacher was matched against pupil — Drummond knows where he’ll spend most of his time.
And the new assistant coach wanted no part of the “Go, Blue” talk, considering Michigan defeated Notre Dame over the weekend. Wallace is an ardent fan of the Fighting Irish.
“Don’t get hurt, I take it personal now,” said Wallace with a laugh.
While maybe not the most conventional front line, Drummond along with Monroe and the newly acquired Josh Smith should be one heck of an interior force.