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[Video] Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway Vows To Keep The Memory Of Coach Desmond Merriweather Alive


The Memphis community is mourning the loss of Coach Desmond Merriweather The coach was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2009. He recently completed his fifth full season as head basketball coach of Lester Middle School. Penny and Coach Merriweather led the Lions to their third consecutive state championships this year.

Basketball legend and close friend Penny Hardaway is one of the many touched by the passing of Merriweather.


When asked about the death of his friend, Penny had this to say:

“Today is a tough day because we lost a guy that was so caring for this neighborhood…you know we grew up in this neighborhood and this is what he lived and breathed for. He is the main reason I came back and got into the basketball at Lester Middle.”
FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13
Our prayers are with his family, friends and players.

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  1. Hi,

    I am working on an ESPN doc series on Penny Hardaway and am trying to source the rights to the image of Former Lester Middle School basketball coach Desmond Merriweather watches his team play from the bench as seen on your site at:
    Are you the photographer and if not, do you know who snapped the photo or controls the rights? I want to license permission for use in program.

    Kind regards,

    David Lizama

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