|No.(s): 5, 10, 14|
|Date of Birth:||September 1, 1966|
|Place of Birth:||Chicago, Illinois|
|Listed Height:||6 ft 0|
|Listed Weight:||175 lbs|
|NBA Draft:||1989; Round: 1 / Pick: 14th|
by the Golden State Warriors
|Golden State Warriors (1989-1996)|
Miami Heat (1996-2001)
Dallas Mavericks (2001-2002)
Denver Nuggets (2002)
Indiana Pacers (2002-2003)
|Career Highlights and Awards|
|Tim Hardaway at nba.com|
Timothy Duane (Tim) Hardaway (born September 1, 1966 in Chicago, Illinois) is a retired American basketball point guard who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and who in his prime was one of the league's best at his position. Six feet (1.83 m) tall, he was best known for his crossover dribble (dubbed the UTEP Two-step by TV analysts), a move which he utilized and which seemingly caused a revolution in the NBA, and is still used by several current players, notably Allen Iverson and Dwyane Wade. In February 2007, Hardaway caused controversy over a series of homophobic remarks he made. He has since apologized for the statements.
After graduating from Carver High School in Chicago, Hardaway attended the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) where he won the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award as the best college player six feet (1.83 m) tall or under. Hardaway was selected as the 14th pick of the first round, in the 1989 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors.
In his rookie season, Hardaway wore jersey number "5", as Manute Bol wore Hardaway's trademark "10." After Bol left the Warriors, Hardaway inherited it. With the Warriors, Hardaway was part of "Run TMC" (a play on the title of the popular rap group Run DMC) which was the high-scoring trio of himself, Mitch Richmond, and Chris Mullin. As part of the Warriors' attack, Hardaway was responsible for leading Run TMC's fast break, displaying his excellent passing and one-on-one skills to complement Richmond's slashing and Mullin's shooting. Hardaway played for the Warriors until the middle of 1995-96 season when he was traded to the Miami Heat along with Chris Gatling in exchange for Kevin Willis and Bimbo Coles.
In his best seasons, Hardaway averaged 18 to 23 points and 8 to 10 assists per game. He reached 5000 points and 2500 assists faster than any NBA player, except Oscar Robertson. Hardaway has competed in five NBA All-Star Games. He is the Miami Heat's all time leader in assists and together with center Alonzo Mourning led the Heat to some of the franchise's best seasons. Unfortunately, injuries kept Hardaway from performing at the peak of his abilities for almost all of the Heat's playoff runs and he missed most of the playoff games.
He was an MVP candidate following the 1996-97 season, making it to the All-NBA First Team after leading the Heat to the best record in franchise history while averaging 20.3 points, 8.6 assists, and being fourth in the league with 203 three-point baskets.
With his skills declining with age, Hardaway was traded to the Dallas Mavericks on August 22, 2001 for a second round draft pick. With Dallas, Hardaway was mainly utilized off the bench, starting only two games out of 54 and averaging almost ten points a game. In the middle of the season he was traded to the Denver Nuggets which sent controversial point guard Nick Van Exel to the Mavericks. With the Nuggets he started all fourteen games he played with them before retiring and becoming a basketball analyst for ESPN. The job did not last long though as on March 27, 2003 Hardaway signed a contract with the Indiana Pacers where in his first game with them, he registered a season-high fourteen points and seven assists in a game against the Chicago Bulls.
He has a wife, Yolanda, and two children, Tim Jr. and Nia. Hardaway also co-owns an upscale hand carwash with partner Cory Mason in Miami.
Hardaway was originally selected to play for Dream Team II in the 1994 World Basketball Championship but was replaced by Isiah Thomas because of a torn knee ligament; Isiah was later also replaced by Kevin Johnson.
In 2000, he finally got his opportunity to play before the world stage in the Sydney Olympics where he scored 5.5 points/Game and shot .344 (11-32) from beyond the arc.
- Hardaway recorded 5,000 points and 2,500 assists faster than any player in NBA history except Oscar Robertson. Hardaway accomplished it in only 262 games; Robertson took 247.
- Hardaway holds the record for most assists in Miami Heat franchise history: 1,947.
- Hardaway shares the record for the second most steals (next to Iverson-9) in an NBA Playoffs game, with 8 in Game 2 of the 1991 Western Conference Semifinals against the Los Angeles Lakers and in Game 4 of the 1992 Western Conference First Round against the Seattle SuperSonics.
- In 1991-92, Hardaway became the 7th player in NBA history to average 20 points (23.4 ppg) and 10 assists (10.0 apg) in a season, a feat he accomplished again in 1992-93 (21.5 ppg, 10.6 apg).
On February 14, 2007, Hardaway made a series of homophobic remarks. During an interview on Dan Le Batard's radio show on Miami's 790 the Ticket concerning the recent coming out of retired basketball player John Amaechi, Hardaway was asked by Le Batard how he would deal with a gay teammate. Hardaway said he "wouldn’t want him on my team." He added that he would shun a gay teammate and wouldn't want him in the locker room. In response to a question from Le Batard, Hardaway said that he might request that he or a gay teammate be traded to another team.
When Le Batard asked Hardaway if he realized that his remarks were homophobic and bigoted, Hardaway responded, "Well, you know I hate gay people, so I let it be known. I don't like gay people and I don't like to be around gay people. I am homophobic. I don't like it." Later that day, Hardaway stood by his views in an interview with Miami CBS station WFOR-TV.
Later in the day, Hardaway apologized for the remarks during a telephone interview with Fox affiliate WSVN in Miami. "I'm sorry. I shouldn't have said I hate gay people or anything like that." He further apologized on February 15 in a statement released by his agent.
On February 15, the NBA responded to Hardaway's comments by removing him from its All-Star Weekend activities later that week. Commissioner David Stern released a statement saying that "It is inappropriate for him to be representing us given the disparity between his views and ours." Hardaway's employer, Trinity Sports, owner of the Anderson, Indiana-based Continental Basketball Association Indiana Alley Cats, dismissed him from his position as Chief Basketball Operations Advisor, and the CBA issued a statement distancing itself from Hardaway's remarks.