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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.

Bradley Beal drives around, dunks over Kristaps Porzingis (VIDEO)

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If you’re a Knicks fan, the positive is that at least Kristaps Porzingis tried to make a play.

But he was not going to stop the athletic Bradley Beal with a full head of steam, and the result was a Beal dunking over Porzingis as he tries to block the attempt.

Beal wasn’t sharp, scoring 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting. The Knicks has an efficient Carmelo Anthony and that got them the win.

Carmelo Anthony drops 21 on Wizards in preseason Friday

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We had an efficient Carmelo Anthony sighting in the preseason.

Anthony and the Knicks went up against the Wizards and ‘Melo hit 10-of-15 shots to score 21 points. He also had four rebounds and four assists.

Derrick Williams had 23 points on 11 shots to lead the Knicks in scoring, and New York won 115-104.