Rasheed Wallace, a four-time All-Star and 2004 NBA champion, was recently asked to help the New York Knicks – particularly rookie big man Mitchell Robinson.
Wallace, 44, spent 16 years in the NBA and his final season as a pro was with the Knicks before retiring in 2013. He was then an assistant coach with the Detroit Pistons the following season, so Wallace is no stranger to running a practice.
He was reportedly at New York’s practice to help with defense and communication on both ends of the court. Pat Sullivan, who is an assistant coach for the Knicks, coached Wallace as an assistant in 2004-05.
Here is what Robinson said about working with Sheed (via NY Daily News):
“He pushed me to talk more on defense. I have a tendency to be a little quiet. And him, he brings it.”
According to the report, Wallace reportedly yelled: “Mitchell, you suck!” to test Robinson’s poise. At another point in the practice, Wallace yelled at the players for “coming off these screens bullsh**ting and lollygagging.”
While Robinson has a lot of respect for Wallace, the 20-year-old said he never watched him play live because “that was way before my time.” That is how young this Knicks core is.
Always known as one of the most vocal players in basketball, it’s no surprise to see the former Detroit star was brought in to help the young Knicks core speak up. Wallace is expected to return to practice again later this week.