Amidst March Madness, Shaquille O’Neal Reflects on Penny Hardaway’s Career as Memphis Tigers HC

Shaquille O’Neal lately gave Penny Hardaway a shoutout for his wonderful work with the Memphis Tigers. Hardaway began his NBA profession in 1993 with the Orlando Magic and was teammates with Shaq for 4 years in Orlando. He retired from the NBA in 2007 with the Heat and about eight years later took up his first job in teaching.

In 2018, Hardaway joined the Memphis Tiger’s males’s basketball workforce as their head coach and has held the place ever since. Recently, Shaq uploaded a put up by ‘The Field Of 68‘ on his Instagram story to understand the NBA veteran’s success in Memphis.

The put up highlighted that Hardaway, in his six seasons in Memphis, has a file of 133-61 and has one NCAA event win in two appearances. He additionally gained the 2023 AAC Championship and the 2021 NIT Championship with the workforce.

Hardaway is an ex-Memphis participant himself and has acquired a legend standing with the workforce over time. His jersey quantity #25 was retired by the Tigers. He represented them in 66 video games, averaging 20 factors, 7.7 rebounds, and 5.9 assists whereas taking pictures 45.6% from the sector.

Penny Hardaway’s Memphis Tigers need to look away from this season

There had been a whole lot of expectations set on the Memphis workforce firstly of the season. However, they haven’t lived as much as these expectations, this season. By the seems of it, it looks like their run is over in the meanwhile as they completed up with a file of 22-10 after they misplaced to Wichita State 71-65 within the second spherical of the AAC event.

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Even although they started the season on a powerful footing, Tigers’ run this season was fully derailed in the long run. They will miss the March Madness first time, since 2021. After the loss, coach Hardaway said that they’d not settle for the provide to take part within the NIT. When requested by a reporter about their probabilities of enjoying, he said, “Zero. No sir. I’m not accepting any invites.”

His total tenure up to now in Memphis has been good. With back-to-back NCAA appearances, a number of titles, and a successful file, Hardaway’s addition has solely put issues in higher form for the workforce.

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