Feb 15, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; NBA former player Tim Hardaway shoots during the 2014 NBA All Star Shooting Stars competition at Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Heat Great Tim Hardaway Accepts Coaching Position With Pistons

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):

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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