It’s been more than five years since Rasheed Wallace went to an NBA All-Star Game, mostly because he’s retired and the last few seasons of his career weren’t exactly a numbers fest, but also a little bit because he so detested the exhibition contest and the free time of his that it wasted that he would just spend the whole weekend trying to make lefthanded threes and other various trick shots. Little did we know, he was simply preparing for a life of coaching once his playing days were done.
Andre Drummond soaks up a little knowledge from Rasheed Wallace every day they spend together. One of the most searing lessons so far: Don’t engage him in a game of H-O-R-S-E.
“I played with him the other day – it wasn’t fun,” Drummond grinned after a Monday workout. What did coach Wallace throw at his prodigy?
“Everything. The little side corner shot with his feet against the out-of-bounds line. The shot from the track line (that runs behind the basket), over the hoop, made it in. And then the two-ball thing. He’s a natural. I don’t know why I did it to myself. I have no idea why I did it.”
This is what happens when you spend your entire life in a gym — you just end up figuring out how to make all those silly shots you shoot at the end of practice. Beating Andre “37 Percent from the Line” Drummond in a game of H-O-R-S-E might not be the greatest accomplishment, but it’s still pretty great to hear that Rasheed Wallace is passing down his most important secrets to a kid who was two years old when Sheed played his first NBA game. This is probably the exact reason why the Pistons hired him as an assistant coach, for his trick shot acumen.
And while it might not be surprising that Rasheed Wallace would still be really good at H-O-R-S-E less than a season after having played in actual games for the Knicks, it’s equally as not surprising as this hilarious fact that Drummond also shared.
Rasheed didn’t pitch a shutout, though.
“I got him with a couple of things. He can’t dunk still, so I had to do some things he couldn’t do.”
Sounds about right. Rasheed Wallace is very good at silly trick shots but can’t dunk, despite the fact that he doesn’t seem to have shrunk since his playing days — which were last season, remember, which means the 2012-13 Knicks employed two separate players who were so old that they were able to immediately enter the coaching ranks the second their playing careers were through — when he was listed at 6-foot-10. For as Sheed-y as it seems that Rasheed Wallace would still have the H-O-R-S-E gift, it’s exactly as Sheed-y that he already can’t dunk.
I’m sure the broken foot had something to do with it, but still. Less than a year ago, Sheed threw one down against the best defense in basketball, and now he’s outwitting a 20-year-old with dad shots because he can’t dunk. Nothing has ever made more sense to me in my life.
(via Beyond the Buzzer)