Penny Hardaway Snaps at Media After Another Memphis Loss: ‘Stop Asking Me Stupid F–king Questions’

Penny Hardaway Snaps at Media After Another Memphis Loss: ‘Stop Asking Me Stupid F–king Questions’

Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway, a former NBA player, was hired as the head coach of the Memphis Tigers basketball team in 2018, despite having no prior coaching experience outside of high school.

Hardaway has gotten several quality recruits in his first four years, but he hasn’t generated the type of winning record one would anticipate, given his background.

Since winning the NIT title in 2021, Memphis has failed to qualify for the NCAA tournament and has started the season 9-8.

On Thursday, Hardaway was asked if he thinks he’ll ever get the job done after losing to SMU 70-62. He retaliated by going on a minute-long rant against the media.

“I think the one thing I can say to this media because this media gets kind of f–ked up sometimes when it comes to me – we don’t have our full roster,” Hardaway said. “Y’all know we don’t have our full roster. Stop asking me stupid f–king questions about if I feel like I can do something. If I had my roster as they did, then I feel like I could do whatever I want to do.”

He continued, “I’m coaching really hard. My boys are playing really hard. I’m not embarrassed about nothing. We have four freshmen starting. Y’all need to act like it. Act like we have 17 and 18-year olds trying to learn how to play against 22, 23, and 24-year-old guys. Stop disrespecting me, bro. Don’t do that. I work way too f–king hard.”

That would be fine if Hardaway didn’t sign both Emoni Bates and Jalen Duren, two of the top recruits in the 2022 class, with the idea of winning right away then losing them to the NBA.

The Tigers’ top scorer, DeAndre Williams, is out, but he has appeared in 12 games. Bates has struggled this season, shooting just 39% from the field. Duren has been impressive, despite playing many minutes for his age.
AP ranked Memphis No. 12 going into the season as not just an NCAA Tournament contender but a possible title contender as well. Now, Memphis is one game over .500 and 3-4 in the league, making the NIT a long shot.

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