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Pistons Hire Tim Hardaway as Assistant Coach

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(AUBURN HILLS, Mich.) -- The Detroit Pistons added former NBA star Tim Hardaway to their bench as an assistant coach on Thursday.

The 13-year NBA veteran will bring leadership to a young team coached by Stan Van Gundy, who is also the team president.

"We are pleased to announce the addition of some quality people to our coaching and basketball operations staffs and the Detroit Pistons Organization," Van Gundy said. "These are all highly-qualified individuals who bring a wide range of experience and will all play very important roles in helping to shape our vision."

"Tim Hardaway informed us that he has accepted an assistant coaching position with the Detroit Pistons. [Owner] Micky [Arison] and I, and the entire organization, couldn't be more thrilled for Tim as he embarks on the next chapter of his basketball career," Miami Heat team president Pat Riley said.  "Tim was one of the cornerstones of this franchise for six seasons; providing excitement to fans in Miami and all over the country with his dazzling moves and killer crossover, and he has been a franchise pillar since the day he arrived in Miami. But most of all, he has been an important figure in the South Florida community."

Hardaway made five All-Star teams and averaged 17.7 points, 8.2 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.7 steals in 867 career games.

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