Pistons Coach Rasheed Wallace Throws It Down At Practice


You love Rasheed Wallace. I love Rasheed Wallace. We all love Rasheed Wallace. And Coach Sheed is one of the best things that could ever happen to the NBA. He seems like the perfect mentor for talented Detroit Pistons big man Andre Drummond — and really, he seems like the perfect mentor for anyone on this planet. All of our lives are better with more Sheed.

One of the perks to being a former NBA star-turned-coach has to be the chance to measure yourself against the new blood and see if you’ve still got it. Coach Sheed did exactly that at Pistons practice, testing his leaping ability against Detroit rookie Tony Mitchell in a little impromptu slam dunk contest.

Via Andre Drummond’s Vine:

Seems like a pretty clear victory for Coach Sheed to me. Sure, Mitchell has him bested on vertical leap, aerial acrobatics, style points and actual slam dunk-ness, and that’s all well and good.

BUT DID YOU SEE THAT COACH SHEED SMILE AT THE END? That smile could end all of the world’s horrors if we could figure out a way to bottle it and save it for eternity. That’s the kind of smile that wins you slam dunk contests, the kind of smile that proves that even if you might be a step slower than you were in your playing days, you are the greatest.

All hail Coach Sheed. (And Tony Mitchell, too, because that’s a pretty nasty dunk. But mostly Coach Sheed.)

Andrew Lynch

When God Shammgod created the basketball universe, Andrew Lynch was there. His belief in the superiority of advanced statistics and the eventual triumph of expected value-based analytics stems from the fact that he’s roughly as old as the concept of counting. With that said, he still loves the beauty of basketball played at the highest level — it reminds him of the splendor of the first Olympics — and the stories that spring forth from the games, since he once beat Homer in a game of rock-paper-scissors over a cup of hemlock. Dude’s old.

  • Zeke

    It’s also pretty cool that Coach Sheed did his from a stand. Although he can just about reach the hoop with no jump at all, so maybe that’s not all so impressive.