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Anfernee Hardaway
Anfernee Hardaway
Position: None
Born: 07/18/71
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:214 lbs. / 97.5 kg.
“When KD came up as a free agent, I was like, if he left, it would be like, for Russ, it would be like me and Shaq,” Hardaway, 45, recently told The Vertical. “That’s what happened. Russ has to carry the load. He has a nice supporting cast still left, because they had a nice team. So he’s not strictly by himself, but he has to do a lot. He has to do a ton.”
“The thing was, I never wanted the team to be mine. I wanted to be a winner,” Hardaway told The Vertical. “And I wanted the team to stay intact. And whatever I needed to do to win a ring, a game, whatever it had to take, I was going to do. When Shaq left, that definitely put the onus on me. I could turn it up, if I really wanted to. I had to dial my game up to make it work. I knew my talent was good enough, but it went from having a guy on your team that was going to be double-teamed, to you being double- and triple-teamed and having to pass to other guys. It made my job harder, but not the workload.”
“When KD came up as a free agent, I was like, if he left, it would be like, for Russ, it would be like me and Shaq,” Hardaway, 45, recently told The Vertical. “That’s what happened. Russ has to carry the load. He has a nice supporting cast still left, because they had a nice team. So he’s not strictly by himself, but he has to do a lot. He has to do a ton.” Long before their careers were linked by similar circumstances, Hardaway viewed Westbrook as his favorite NBA player, drawn to Westbrook’s unrelenting motor and menacing scowl. “No doubt,” Hardaway told The Vertical. “Russ is a unique player, because he gives it his all every possession, to me. Of course, I’m not on the inside, but from what I see, the energy that he plays with, the passion that he plays with, the aggression, I love it.”
Where coaching leads him, Hardaway isn’t sure but he can eventually see himself in the NBA or college ranks. The profession has already taken him where he could never go as a player, as he led the Mustangs to a state title last season, his first as a head coach. “It is addictive. It’s very addictive,” Hardaway told The Vertical about coaching. “But there is more to it, because we’re invested into the kids. I have a lot of guys depending on me to teach. Once I started it, I said I’m going to go ahead and finish it.”
The retired baller and local community philanthropist could be doing a million other things in the post-playing career phase of his life, but he spends his time coaching the East High Mustangs in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. Hardaway’s journey began with a promise he made to longtime friend Desmond Merriweather, known to many as “Dez.” Merriweather was a highly successful coach at Lester Middle School in Memphis when he reached out to Hardaway to help coach the team. The two led the Lester basketball program to three state championships.