Chris Wallace sounded like a very happy man when talking about his new job as Memphis general manager/vice president of basketball operations. The former Celtics gm said it was the first time he would be “the guy at the top.” When asked about the time between Rick Pitino and Danny Ainge, Wallace said that he and coach Jim O’Brien were more “co-commanders.”
“I always felt no matter how long and successful my career in the NBA got to be, if I never got to be the guy heading up the basketball operations of a team, I would feel unfulfilled,” said Wallace. “So, I have my opportunity.”
Ainge said he does not plan to make a hire/promotion to fill Wallace’s position until August or September. Then again, he may not find it necessary to assign someone the title of general manager. But someone (either hired from outside or promoted from within) will have a more hectic travel schedule in the near future, taking over the many international scouting responsibilities handled by Wallace. The new Memphis GM literally traveled the world scouting potential NBA talent with frequent trips around Europe and even a brief stay in Qatar this year.
The Celtics have Florida forward/center Al Horford scheduled for Friday, while second-round candidates Coby Karl (Boise State), Torey Thomas (Holy Cross), Bobby Brown (Cal State-Fullerton) and Roderick Wilmont (Indiana) will work out Tuesday. Chinese guard Sun Yue will be back Tuesday for a second workout. While reporters could not watch Julian Wright, Sun or Keith Simmons work out Monday, Sun impressed with a solid grasp of English and, according to reports, he appears ready for the NBA both physically and culturally. With recent experience against ABA competition, Sun believes he has a good idea of what the NBA game requires.