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DUI leads to Tim Hardaway’s 3-game suspension

Detroit Pistons assistant coach Tim Hardaway in the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, in Denver. The Nuggets won 104-101. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
AP Photo/David Zalubowski

Still early during the tenure of his initial NBA coaching gig, Tim Hardaway will be away from his role with the Detroit Pistons for a short time. The NBA announced the former All-Star guard will serve a three-game suspension as a result of the assistant being arrested for driving while intoxicated.

Rather than missing preseason games, Hardaway will begin serving his three-game ban once Detroit’s regular season begins.

Retired since 2003, Hardaway began coaching under Stan Van Gundy in Detroit in 2014 once Van Gundy took over the sideline responsibilities with the Pistons.

The arrest occurred on the morning of April 23. Hardaway, who is now 50, refused a breath test, but officers obtained a search warrant to test his blood-alcohol level, which proved to measure 0.17 — which is more than twice the .08 legal limit. He was pulled over going into his driveway in Beverly Hills, Mich., and since he refused the breath test had his driver’s license suspended for a year.

A five-time All-Star, Hardaway ventured into the NBA coaching ranks after eight years away from the game. He previously served as a coach with the semipro Florida Pit Bulls franchise in 2005-06. With the Pistons, he specializes in coaching the team’s guards, the position at which he of course played. His All-Star nods occurred with the Warriors and Heat, although he finished his career with three different franchises during his final seasons in the early 2000s.

The Pistons begin their regular-season schedule against the Raptors on Oct. 26 in Toronto. Hardaway will also miss home games against the Magic and Bucks.

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