Detroit Pistons fire Rasheed Wallace

rasheed-wallace-pistons-coachThe Pistons announced on Friday the names of three people who will round out Stan Van Gundy’s assistant coaching staff, along with one other person being added who will be employed as a team scout, NBA official website reported.

One of those who got fired was Rasheed Wallace, a former NBA All Star, who joined the Pistons’ coaching staff last year, for a 2-year contract. As player, Wallace helped the Pistons to win the NBA Championship in 2004.

Wallace retired at the end of last season with the New York Knicks after a 17-year playing career that also included stints with Washington, Portland, Atlanta, Detroit and Boston.

He holds career averages of 14.4 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1 steal during a 14-year career with the Bullets, Blazers, Hawks, Pistons, Celtics and Knicks. He played in total of 1109 NBA games (started 956).

The Pistons announced that along with Wallace, assistant coach Henry Bibby, another player development coach Bernard Smith, advance scout Kamran Sufi and video coordinator Raman Sposato will not be retained.

The team’s head coach and president of basketball operations Stan Van Gundy said that Brendan Malone, Bob Beyer and Charles Klask were named the Pistons’ assistant coaches, while Adam Glessner became the team’s scout.


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