The historic former franchise player, who was the main candidate to take over the team, declined the offer and announced that he will continue as a coach at the University of Memphis.
Bad news for Orlando Magic. Although the former player and current coach of the University of Memphis, Penny Hardaway, was the main candidate to assume the position that became vacant after the departure of Steve Clifford, that cannot be since the same protagonist assured that he will continue in the university cast.
Penny Hardaway turned down Orlando Magic coach
In a video that he published on his Instagram account, the strategist himself explained the reasons for declining the chance after being interviewed by the franchise in which he knew how to shine as a player.
“I love Memphis, my hometown. Just like when I played I had dreams of leaving college to make it to the NBA, one day in the future I would love to be a coach in the NBA. It would even be great if it were the Orlando Magic. But the time is not yet “, he indicated.
Also, he addressed the people of Memphis. “I am here with my players, the fans and this city, working as hard as I can to try to bring us a national championship. That is what I set out to do.”, He said.
Larry Brown to join Penny Hardaway in Memphis
Hardaway, the third pick in the 1993 NBA Draft, signed a five-year extension with Memphis through the 2025-26 season. Currently, the Tigers are 63-32 in all three seasons with him at the helm.. In turn, after the announcement, journalist Sams Charania reported that His team will be joined by Larry Brown, a member of the Hall of Fame, to serve as an assistant.
Penny Hardaway’s passing as a player in the NBA
The 49-year-old played 14 NBA seasons between 1993 and 2007, making four All-Star teams and was selected twice for the All-NBA first team.. In addition, he wore the Magic jersey between 1993 and 1999, establishing himself as one of the best players in franchise history. However, his return to the franchise will have to wait a while longer.
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