Penny Hardaway could return to the NBA as head coach.
Hardaway is receiving interest from NBA teams, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Thursday. Woj says teams are gathering information on Penny and that Hardaway will have a chance to interview for head coach jobs.
Hardaway played in the NBA from 1993 to 2007 and was a four-time All-Star as a player. He has been involved in training since 2011. He first coached a high school in Memphis and developed recruits and contacts. Hardaway combined that to get a job at his alma mater, Memphis.
It’s unclear which teams might offer Hardaway an interview, or whether he would be willing to leave Memphis, but the Celtics, Pacers, Magic and Trail Blazers currently have head coach openings.
Hardaway would be a refreshing hire rather than the same coaches being recycled from team to team.