MIAMI (CBSMiami) – One of the players who helped put the Miami Heat on the basketball map is getting a major boost in his post-retirement NBA career.

Tim Hardaway, who along with Alonzo Mourning helped the Heat win four straight Atlantic Division titles and become one of the premier teams in the league, is moving on.

Hardaway informed the Heat that he is leaving his job as a scout because he was offered a bit of a bigger position elsewhere.

Former Heat head coach Stan Van Gundy, now the head coach of the Detroit Pistons, has hired Hardaway as an assistant coach, according to CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald.

“I’m ecstatic,” Hardaway said on a conference call. “It’s something I wanted to do. It’s all about teaching. I’m good at teaching and understanding players.”

It comes as no surprise that Van Gundy chose to have Hardaway join his staff in Detroit.  The two worked together for several years when Van Gundy was an assistant coach on Pat Riley’s staff from 1995 to 2003.

Hardaway will join Brendan Malone, Bob Beyer, Charles Klask and former Heat forward Malik Allen on Van Gundy’s staff.



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