I don’t know why, but I am not a fan of Penny Hardaway already. I’m a Kentucky fan, so I think him stealing James Wiseman from John Calipari aggravates me a bit, but he is in the news again.
Before it was about him taking shots at Rick Barnes, now it’s about him saying there is “jealousy” from other college coaches over him and his staff’s NBA background.
The Tigers have Sam Mitchell, who played for the Rockets, coached the Raptors, and was the interim head coach for the Timberwolves. They also have Mike Miller, who played for the Grizzlies, Timberwolves, Wizards, Heat, Cavaliers, and the Nuggets.
“I’m getting used to this as a college coach because it’s a little jealousy from a lot of these coaches around the country. I do understand that because we are NBA players trying to come back, and we didn’t have any experience as college coaches. So we didn’t ‘Pay our dues.’ So the coaches and their so-called boys, that are in the media, are always going to throws jabs at us”, Hardaway said.
He says there’s backlash with the NBA approach they’re taking with himself, Miller, and Mitchell being on the staff.
“For sure, I definitely feel like there’s a target on my back. There’s a lot of people that don’t want me to succeed because it’s going to look like an NBA guy came back with no experience and won so of course I relish in that.”
“I’m not hear to ruffle feathers. I’m here to win,” Hardaway said.
I’ve not heard these “jabs” people are taking at him. Maybe I’m missing something?
If Penny has success in the college coaching game, I have no problem with that. Many of these college coaches have NBA connections but no experience, so I don’t think a coach that once played in the NBA would make me want to go to a certain school.
Kentucky had 31 players on the opening day NBA rosters, so Calipari has already proven he can get a player to the NBA, while Hardaway hasn’t.
I personally don’t think Hardaway will win anything at Memphis, but maybe I’ll be wrong. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see.