Hardaway agrees to become Memphis head coach, sources say

Hardaway agrees to become Memphis head coach, sources say

Javier Howell
March 21, 2018

Hardaway, a Memphis alum who was coaching high school AAU basketball in the city, was introduced as head coach on Tuesday and arrives with zero college coaching experience.

No word yet on who will replace Hardaway at Memphis East, but his AAU team, Team Penny (Tenn.), has made a decision to revert back to their original name: Bluff City Legends. Forward James Wiseman, the No. 2 prospect in 2019 nationally, plays for Hardaway on both teams. Memphis finished with a 21-13 record this season but missed the postseason for the fourth straight year.

Hardaway (right) paired with Shaquille O'Neal (left) in Orlando to create one of the better teams of the 1990s. The Shockers said in a statement that they were respecting his wishes so that Lomax could go play for Hardaway. This past weekend, No. 8 Memphis East claimed their third-straight TSSAA Class AAA State Title, a moment that moved Hardaway to tears as he completed step two of the #DoItForDez journey. He clashed with then-coach Brian Hill in 1997, taking part in a player revolt that led to the former coach's firing.

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Early in the 1997-98 season, Hardaway suffered a major knee injury that had an impact on the rest of his career. His last season in the National Basketball Association came in 2007-08, where he teamed with O'Neal as a member of the Miami Heat.

Known as "Penny" because of his jersey number (No. 1), Hardaway became popular on screen as well.

Hardaway is a four-time NBA All-Star and three-time All-NBA player who will be making his college coaching debut with the Tigers.