Rasheed Wallace turned down an offer from Mike Woodson and the Knicks to join the team as an assistant coach.
Wallace, instead, became an assistant coach with the Detroit Pistons, mainly because his family lives in Detroit, according to Frank Isola of the Daily News.
“That opportunity was open and it was available to me,” Wallace said of the Knicks’ gig according to Andy Vasquez of NorthJersey.com, “But this job came up. And to me, I think what signed, sealed and delivered it and made it even more sweet is that my kids are still in Detroit.”
Wallace retired at the end of last season with the Knicks after a 17-year playing career, in which he also played with Washington, Portland, Atlanta, Detroit, and Boston.
Over his career, Wallace scored over 16,000 points, made over 1,000 three pointers, and averaged 14.4 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.