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Malik Allen to join Detroit Pistons coaching staff

The Detroit Pistons have added to their coaching staff and to no surprise it will be a former Stan Van Gundy player joining Detroit’s bench next season.

According to Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojanarowski, SVG has elected to hire Malik Allen in a coaching role for next season.

A ten year veteran of the NBA, Allen played for Stan Van Gundy in Miami and Orlando. The journeyman has always had an itch to coach, but instead opted to start an online business after retiring. The social media recruiting site inRecruit has been used by coaches and players to connect via the internet.

The 2010-11 season was the last for Allen. As a member of the Orlando Magic, he learned a lot from Stan Van Gundy and the coaching staff. Halfway through the season he tore some ankle tendons that ended his career. He took that opportunity to learn more about what it takes to coach in the NBA.

Allen told in August of 2013 that despite becoming an entrepreneur after his basketball career ended, coaching has always been something he wanted to pursue.

“At the end of the day, I wanted to do something that made an impact in one way, shape or form,” Allen said. “And I wasn’t sure what it was. Not that coaching wasn’t an option -– and I may still coach at some point –- but when I got into this, I really started to feel passionate about it.

“It’s different. It’s different than what you normally hear athletes doing [after retiring]. I just felt this might be something that would help make a difference. And I wanted to make a difference.”

Van Gundy praised Malik Allen in Orlando for his practice ethic and ability to work with Dwight Howard and Marcin Gortat.

Allen averaged 5 points per game in his 10 year career in the NBA.

According to Wojnarowski, the Pistons also considered hiring former Heat and Golden State point guard Tim Hardaway Sr. to the staff in some capacity.

How great of a hire would that have been for point guards Brandon Jennings, D.J. Augustin and Spencer Dinwiddie?

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