Penny Hardaway will stay in his position as head coach of the University of Memphis, Hardaway announced in an Instagram post. He was under consideration for the head coach job with the Magic, and he expressed a future interest in that position, even if the time wasn’t right now.
“One day in the future I would love to coach in the NBA, and wouldn’t that be great if it were the Orlando Magic?” Hardaway said. “But today isn’t that day.”
“Today I’m here with my players, with the fans, with the city, working as hard as I can to try to bring us a national championship,” Hardaway said.
It’s unclear whether Hardaway – a Magic legend in his own right – withdrew from the search or was informed by the team he was no longer under consideration. Either way, Orlando will look elsewhere for its next head coach, with Kenny Atkinson and Terry Stotts among those viewed as strong candidates.