August 7, 2014 at 7:41 pm

Tim Hardaway joins Pistons as an assistant coach

Tim Hardaway Sr. visited Michigan in recent years to see his son Tim Hardaway Jr. play for the Wolverines. (John T. Greilick / Detroit News)

Former NBA great Tim Hardaway is joining Stan Van Gundy’s coaching staff as an assistant, the team announced Thursday.

Hardaway, the father of former Michigan star Tim Hardaway Jr., played for Pistons president and coach Van Gundy with the Heat.

“Stan and I have great rapport,” Hardaway, who had been working as a scout for the Heat, told the Miami Herald. “(Heat president) Pat Riley said it’s a great thing for me and he’s happy for me.”

Hardaway, who played in the NBA from 1989 through the 2002-03 season, told the Herald of leaving the Heat, “It’s going to be hard, going to be sad. There will always be a big place in my heart for the Heat, (owner) Micky Arison, Pat Riley. It’s bittersweet.”

The Pistons also hired Malik Allen as an assistant coach, Jeff Nix as an aisstant general manager and Quentin Richardson as director of player development. Jon Ishop was named director of sports medicine and Anthony Harvey was hired as strength and conditioning coach.

Arnie Kander will remain as the team’s physical therapist, and Mike Abdenour will serve in a newly created administrative role as director of team operations.

Associated Press contributed