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Memphis assistant Rasheed Wallace moves from in-person coach to ‘consultant’s role,’ Penny Hardaway says

Memphis assistant Rasheed Wallace is no longer coaching the team in person, and will instead serve as a remote consultant, coach Penny Hardaway told reporters on Wednesday. Hardaway called it a “mutual decision with his health and safety.”

Wallace has not attended the team’s practices or games since Dec. 14, The Commercial Appeal reported. Asked Wednesday if Wallace could return to the bench this season, Hardaway said, “Right now, I would say no. I don’t know about what happens later in the season but he’s still a part of who we are.”

Wallace still talks with Memphis’ frontcourt players about upcoming games through Zoom, Hardaway said.

A 16-year NBA veteran, Wallace joined Memphis’ staff over the summer after a two-year stint as the coach at Jordan High in Durham, N.C. as one of two new assistants, along with Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown. The Tigers entered the season with high hopes, ranked No. 12 in the preseason AP Top 25 after signing the nation’s top recruiting class, including five-star forward Emoni Bates and center Jalen Duren.

So far, Memphis has failed to meet those expectations. The Tigers fell to 9-7 overall and 3-3 in the American Athletic Conference with a one-point loss at East Carolina on Saturday. Memphis next hosts SMU on Thursday.

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