Here’s why Penny Hardaway is so protective of Emoni Bates

By , Daily Memphian Updated: December 07, 2021 8:30 PM CT | Published: December 07, 2021 8:30 PM CT

Hardaway says the Tigers freshman is fighting a battle most people can’t understand. Can the coach help him navigate through the adversity?

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Steven Johnson

Steven Johnson

Johnson is a Memphis native who graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 2016. He's traveled the country covering teams like Syracuse, the Buffalo Bills and the Memphis Grizzlies. He's excited about the opportunity to cover the Tigers and all things in the city of Memphis.


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