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Rasheed Wallace helps out Darvin Ham at Albuquerque Thunderbirds practice

Former Piston (and Saginaw native) Darvin Ham, the coach of the NBADL’s Albuquerque Thunderbirds, got some help from a slightly more well-known former Piston at a recent practice. Scott Schroeder from excellent D-League blog Ridiculous Upside has the deets:

“I told him to come on out and feel free to come out and help us out,” Ham said of inviting his former teammate to his local player tryout. “He’s like, ‘yeah, I’m gonna come in and check y’all out but I’m not gonna do too much.”

Well, it turns that he did show up – and apparently was the loudest voice in the gym. It’s all good, though, because Ham says he calls him “his brother from another mother.”

Apparently, in retirement, Sheed is just gonna randomly show up at basketball practices all across the country. But Schroeder hints at the good thing this could inevitably (and awesomely) lead to:

I hope this is the first step into Sheed becoming a coach because that would be really, really entertaining.

Here’s the video:


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  • Oct 28, 20105:18 pm
    by Larry


    Though it seems ridiculous because he was hardly a coach’s player,  I had the odd pleasure of sitting next to him at a Shock game when he was non-stop chattering to the players from the sideline.  It was positive, constructive, insightful.  And I thought, this guy could really be a good coach.

  • Oct 28, 20108:55 pm
    by detroitpcb


    Sheed had one of the best basketball IQ’s in the league, always was one of the best defenders in the league and is a outstanding person. I would love to see him go into coaching but since assistant coaches get technicals for talking to the officials, i think he might have to be a head coach right away. 

  • Oct 28, 20108:58 pm
    by Patrick Hayes


    The only thing I’d question is the work ethic. The basketball IQ is there, but Sheed barely liked showing up as a player. Can’t imagine him keeping the hours a head coaching position demands. He’d be a great big man coach on someone’s staff though.

  • Oct 28, 201010:52 pm
    by nuetes


    He’d be getting T’d up left and right.

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