Coach don’t lie — Rasheed takes over HS program

Former longtime NBA player Rasheed Wallace has been hired as the boy’s basketball coach at Jordan High School in Durham, North Carolina.

Wallace, who was introduced at a news conference at the school Friday morning, served as an assistant coach during the 2013-14 season for the Detroit Pistons. He said he had taken the job after turning down several offers from NBA teams to be on their staffs.

“Yeah, the money was good or whatever, but it’s not about the money for me, it’s about knowledge,” Wallace said. “Knowledge definitely should be free. It doesn’t cost anything to pass that knowledge on to all the young men here.”

Wallace averaged 14.4 points and 6.7 rebounds over an 18-year NBA career in which he played for six teams and was selected to four All-Star Games. He won an NBA championship with the Detroit Pistons in 2004.

Wallace played two seasons for the North Carolina Tar Heels before being drafted by the Washington Bullets in 1995.

“It’s also my neighborhood school. I’m in the neighborhood, I’m in the community, so that’s why it’s definitely going to be important for me and the gentlemen to do community work,” Wallace said of his new players.

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