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.