The Detroit Pistons team has recently announced that they hired former NBA star Tim Hardaway and former NBA player Malik Allen as assistant coaches, according to Detroit Free Press.
Hardaway and Allen join Brendan Malone, Bob Beyer and Charles Klask in filling out the coaching staff.
A 5 time NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway previously served as Scout/Community & Corporate Liaison for the Miami Heat. He played in the NBA from 1989 to 2003, appearing in 867 NBA games (770 started), averaging 17.7 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 35.3 minutes per game. Hardaway spent time with the Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets and Indiana Pacers.
“I’m ecstatic,” Hardaway told the Miami Herald. “It’s something I wanted to do. It’s all about teaching. I’m good at teaching and understanding players. Stan and I have great rapport. Pat Riley said it’s a great thing for me and he’s happy for me.”
Hardaway is the father of former Michigan standout Tim Hardaway Jr., who plays for the New York Knicks.
It should be noted that Stan Van Gundy, the Pistons’ president of basketball operations and coach, was an assistant under Heat coach Pat Riley when Hardaway starred for Miami.
The Pistons also announced they hired former NBA standout Quentin Richardson as director of player development.
Quentin Richardson, 34, played for Van Gundy for two seasons in Orlando. He last played in the NBA in the 2012-13 season and was waived last September, after the Toronto Raptors acquired him in a trade with the New York Knicks.
Richardson spent 13 seasons in the NBA, playing for LA Clippers, NY Knicks, Miami Heat and Orlando Magic. He averaged career high 17.2 ppg for the Clippers during the 2003-04 NBA season. He overall played in 783 NBA games (starting in 486), averaging 10.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg in 26.5 mpg.
Allen, 36, played for Van Gundy twice — first with the Heat and then with the Magic. A jorneyman, Allen saw playing time with Miami Heat, Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls, New Jersey Nets, Dallas Mavericks, Milwaukee Bucks, Denver Nuggets and Orlando Magic.
He played in total of 478 NBA games (starting in 125), averaging 4.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg in 15.2 mpg. He averaged career high 9.6 ppg and 5.3 rpg for Miami Heat in 2002-03 season.Follow @exnbadotcom
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