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Tim Hardaway Sr., Malik Allen named Pistons assistant coaches


Stan Van Gundy is going with people he knows and trusts, having turned to his former players to round out his staff.

Tim Hardaway Sr. and Malik Allen have been hired as assistant coaches for the Pistons this season, reports Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press. Hardaway played for the Heat when Van Gundy was an assistant coach, Allen played in Orlando when Van Gundy was in charge of that franchise.

In addition, Quentin Richardson has been hired as the franchise’s director of player development.

Hardaway, who had been a scout with the Heat, told the Miami Herald he was pretty pumped up about the move.

“I’m ecstatic,” he told me this afternoon. “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. [Heat president] Pat Riley said it’s a great thing for me and he’s happy for me.”

Hardaway will be at the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies this weekend, where he will see former teammates Mitch Richmond (that’s two-thirds of Golden State’s “Run TMC” in the Hall, just not Hardaway) as well as Heat teammate Alonzo Mourning get their induction. Hardaway should be in, too.

By the way, also on the Pistons’ coaching staff will be Brendan Malone, Bob Beyer, and Charles Klask.

Stephen Curry drops 30 on Portland in preseason (VIDEO)

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Somebody is in midseason form.

Stephen Curry put up 30 on Portland in a preseason game Thursday night, hitting six threes and getting to the line 15 times over the course of his less than 26 minutes. It was quite a show.

Portland won the game 118-101 behind 25 points from Allen Crabbe and 22 from Damian Lillard. Not a lot of defense in this one but it was fun to watch.

Anthony Bennett moves around, dunks on Lakers’ Upshaw (VIDEO)

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If you believe there is a difference between being dunked on and being dunked around, this definitely falls in the latter category.

Still, it’s an impressive move by Toronto’s Anthony Bennett to make the move and dunk around Lakers’ big man Robert Upshaw during the Raptors’ 105-97 preseason win over the Lakers Thursday night.

Bennett only had four points, but Kyle Lowry had another impressive preseason outing with 25. He has looked sharp. Julius Randle had 17 for the Lakers on 7-of-10 shooting.