While one Heat legend will become enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame, another moves on from the organization to join another team.
According to the Miami Herald‘s Barry Jackson, Tim Hardaway Sr., one of the top point guards in Heat history, will join new Detroit Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy’s coaching staff (via Twitter):
Heat great Tim Hardaway, who has scouted for Heat for past 3 yrs, tells me he has accepted offer to be ast. coach for S.Van Gundy in Detroit
— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) August 7, 2014
Van Gundy was a longtime assistant in Miami who eventually took over head coaching duties in 2005. He also served as head coach for the Orlando Magic, guiding them to the NBA Finals in 2009.
Hardaway has expressed an interest in continuing to build his career in the front office, even telling Fox Sports that he envisioned taking over for current Heat president Pat Riley as the team’s general manager.
“I always figured myself as a GM because I always put teams together when I was little. I’d put teams together to go out and win eight to 10 games in a row. I was putting my team together, understanding what it takes to go out and win ballgames.”
Aside from Riley, Hardaway also learned the coaching craft from Hall of Famer Don Nelson, as well as Van Gundy, who was part of Riley’s staff during Hardaway’s best days in Miami.
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