Penny Hardaway was considered a candidate for several NBA coaching openings, however, it appears he is heading back to Memphis. Hardaway said on Tuesday that he will remain at Memphis to continue building the program.
A Memphis native who played his college ball for the Tigers, Hardaway has been the head coach at Memphis for three seasons. He is 63-32 since taking over and led Memphis to an NIT championship last season.
That wasn’t the only news Hardaway had to share, as he is adding veteran coach Larry Brown as his new assistant coach.
Brown has extensive coaching experience in both college and the pros. He last served as a head coach at SMU from 2012-2016. Brown is the only coach to have won an NCAA Championship at Kansas and an NBA title with the Detroit Pistons.
Hardaway and Brown could instill some gems to young recruits coming to the Memphis basketball program. Hardaway has already started changing the way others look at the Memphis program. The NBA will always be around as long as Hardaway continues to make progress in Memphis.