TIMOTHY DUANE HARDAWAY SR. (born September 1, 1966) is an American
retired basketball player, currently serving as an assistant coach for
Detroit Pistons of the
National Basketball Association (NBA).
Standing at six feet (1.83 m) tall, he was best known for his
crossover dribble which was dubbed the "UTEP Two-step " by television
analysts. He is the father of current NBA player
Tim Hardaway Jr. .
* 1 Early career
* 2 NBA career
Golden State Warriors
* 3 Coaching career
* 4 Achievements
* 5 National team career
* 6 Homophobia controversy
* 7 Personal life
* 8 NBA career statistics
* 8.1 Regular season
* 8.2 Playoffs
* 9 See also
* 10 References
* 11 External links
Hardaway was born in
Chicago and graduated from Carver Area High
School there. Then he attended the University of Texas at El Paso
(UTEP) and played under coach
Don Haskins , a future member of the
Basketball Hall of Fame. Hardaway was twice named MVP of El Paso's Sun
Bowl Invitational Tournament, in 1987 and 1988, and he played on teams
that went to the NCAA Tournaments in 1988 and 1989. At UTEP he won the
Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award as the best college player in the
nation six feet (1.83 m) tall or under.
Hardaway was selected as the 14th pick of the first round, in the
NBA draft by the
Golden State Warriors .
GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS
In his rookie season, Hardaway wore number "5", as
Manute Bol wore
Hardaway's "10". After Bol left the Warriors, Hardaway inherited it.
Mitch Richmond , and Chris Mullin formed "
Run TMC " (the
initials of the players' first names and a play on the name of the
popular rap group
Run DMC ). 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. Golden State made the playoffs during
the 1990–1991 season, Hardaway's second season and his first season
in the playoffs. In the first round, the 7th seeded Warriors defeated
the 2nd seeded
San Antonio Spurs led by All-Star David Robinson in 4
games to advance to face the 3rd seeded
Los Angeles Lakers led by NBA
Magic Johnson . The Warriors managed to steal a game on the
road in game 2, but could not defeat the more experienced Lakers,
falling in 5 games despite Hardaway averaging 26.8 points, 12.8
assists and 3.8 steals for the series.
Hardaway averaged a career high 23.4 points a game in the 1991–1992
season, as the Warriors fell in the first round of the playoffs to the
Seattle SuperSonics . The following season Hardaway averaged a career
high 10.6 assists a game to get with his scoring average of 21.5, but
the Warriors did not make the playoffs and would not return to
postseason action for the remainder of Hardaway's tenure with the
team. As a Warrior, Hardaway made the
NBA All-Star Game three straight
years, and a knee injury kept him out of the entire 1993–1994
season. He reached 5,000 points and 2,500 assists faster than any
other NBA player except
Oscar Robertson . Hardaway played for the
Warriors until the middle of 1995–96 season when he was traded to
Miami Heat along with
Chris Gatling in exchange for Kevin Willis
Bimbo Coles .
Following the midseason trade to Miami, Hardaway started 28 games to
finish the season, averaging 17.2 points a game with 10 assists. Miami
made the playoffs but were swept in the first round by the 72 win
Chicago Bulls . The following season was a huge success for
for Hardaway, as he finished 4th in voting for the NBA Most Valuable
Player Award , was selected to the
All-NBA First Team as
Miami won a
franchise record 61 wins. Hardaway started in 81 games, averaging 20.3
points, 8.6 assists, while placing fourth in the league with 203
three-point baskets. He also played in the 1997
NBA All-Star Game ,
scoring 10 points in 14 minutes. In the playoffs, Hardaway averaged 26
points a game as the Heat defeated the
Orlando Magic in the first
round in 5 games, and then defeated the
New York Knicks in 7 games in
the semifinals, in which Hardaway scored 38 points in the 7th game.
Miami would once again fall to the defending champion
Chicago Bulls in
the Eastern Conference Finals in 5 games.
In the 1997–1998 NBA Season, Hardaway averaged 18.9 points and 8.3
assist per game, and was selected to play in the 1998 NBA All-Star
Game . The Heat won 55 games and won the Atlantic Division, but lost
to the Knicks in 5 games in the first round of the playoffs. In the
lockout shortened 1998–1999 season, Hardaway averaged 17.4 points a
game with 7.3 assists, and
Miami won the Atlantic Division again but
could once again not defeat the Knicks in the first round of the
playoffs despite having home court advantage and the Knicks being the
8th seed in the playoffs.
Hardaway's production slipped in the 1999–2000 season, with Alonzo
Jamal Mashburn carrying more of the offensive load.
Hardaway averaged 13.4 points with 7.4 assists a game, but shot a
personal best .367 percent from beyond the three point arc. After
playing just 52 games, Hardaway was further limited in the playoffs,
Miami defeated the
Detroit Pistons but once again fell to New York
in 7 games. That summer Hardaway and Mourning won a gold medal playing
for the U.S.A. men's basketball team at the
2000 Summer Olympics in
Sydney, Australia. Before the 2000–2001 season Mourning would be
diagnosed with a rare kidney disease, and would be sidelined for much
of the season. Hardaway upped his offensive production to 14.9 points
a game with 6.3 assists a game as
Miami won 53 games and captured the
East's third best record, only to be swept in the first round by the
Charlotte Hornets .
Following the 2001 season, and with his skills declining with age,
Hardaway was traded to the
Dallas Mavericks on August 22, 2001, for a
second-round draft pick. He was at one time Miami's all-time leader in
assists. 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
in exchange for controversial point guard
Nick Van Exel .
Hardaway was traded to the
Denver Nuggets in exchange for
controversial point guard
Nick Van Exel . With the Nuggets he started
all fourteen games he played with them before retiring and becoming a
basketball analyst for
ESPN . While playing for the Nuggets, Hardaway
was suspended for two games and fined $10,000 by the league when he
threw a television monitor onto the court.
On March 27, 2003, Hardaway signed a contract with the Indiana Pacers
, and in his first game registered a season-high fourteen points and
seven assists against the
Chicago Bulls . By the end of his career,
Hardaway competed in five NBA All-Star Games .
On August 7, 2014, it was announced that Hardaway was named an
assistant coach for the
Detroit Pistons .
Hardaway was the 1989 WAC Player of the Year.
Hardaway recorded 5,000 points and 2,500 assists, second fastest in
NBA history after
Oscar Robertson . Hardaway accomplished it in 262
games; Robertson took only 247. Hardaway held the record for most
Miami Heat franchise history with 1,947, until his total
was surpassed by
Dwyane Wade on January 16, 2010. Hardaway shares the
record for second most steals 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
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).
Hardaway holds the NBA record for the worst single-game shooting
performance in NBA history, going 0-for-17 in a 106-102 win against
Minnesota Timberwolves on December 27, 1991. Hardaway holds the
Miami Heat 's all-time record in 3-point field goals made, with 806.
Hardaway's number 10 was retired by the
Miami Heat on October 28,
NATIONAL TEAM CAREER
Hardaway was originally selected to play for "Dream Team II" in the
Basketball Championship but was replaced after suffering a
torn knee ligament.
He was also selected (as one of the last two players selected) for
the 1998 World
Basketball Championship team. The team was later
replaced with CBA and college players due to the NBA lockout .
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
.385 (15- 39) from the field.
In September 2009, he played for the "NBA Generations" team in the
2009 NBA Asia Challenge, a series of exhibitions against Korean
Basketball League and Philippine
Basketball Association players.
During a February 14, 2007 interview on a
Miami sports radio show, in
response to the coming out of former NBA player
John Amaechi ,
Hardaway remarked that he would try to distance himself from a player
he knew was homosexual. When asked by the radio show host whether he
realized that his remarks were homophobic, Hardaway responded by
saying: "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. It shouldn't be in the world or in the
United States." He also said that if he found out he had one or more
gay teammates, he would try to get them fired.
Later in the day, Hardaway apologized for the remarks during a
telephone interview with Fox affiliate
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 the same day, the NBA responded to Hardaway's comments by
removing him from its All-Star Weekend activities later that week .
Hardaway's employer, Trinity Sports, owner of the Anderson -based CBA
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.
In a September 2007 interview, Hardaway spoke about his February
comments, saying he "had no idea how much I hurt people. A lot of
people." He described the controversy as "the biggest bump in my
life", and added, "I'm going to do whatever I can to correct it.
That's all I can do."
In an interview on February 11, 2010, on
Hardcore Sports Radio on
Sirius , Hardaway spoke about his recent work with The Trevor Project
and The YES Institute, which he has done to educate himself on LGBT
In April 2013, when
Jason Collins came out as the first active openly
gay male player in a major American professional team sport, Collins
claimed that Hardaway called him in support of his homosexuality. In
July 2013, Hardaway was the symbolic first signer of a petition to put
a proposed amendment to the
Florida State Constitution overturning
Florida Amendment 2 and allowing same-sex marriage in his home state
of Florida on the ballot in 2014.
He has a wife, Yolanda, and two children, Tim Jr. and Nia. His son,
Tim Jr., was drafted by the
New York Knicks in 2013. Tim Hardaway
currently lives in
Miami, Florida . He was a player/head coach of the
Florida Pit Bulls of the ABA in 2006.
NBA CAREER STATISTICS
Minutes per game
Field goal percentage
3-point field goal percentage
Free throw percentage
Rebounds per game
Assists per game
Steals per game
Blocks per game
Points per game
Led the league
* List of
National Basketball Association career assists leaders
* List of
National Basketball Association career steals leaders
* List of
National Basketball Association career 3-point scoring
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USA Today , February 16, 2007.
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ESPN.com, February 16, 2007.
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February 16, 2007.
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CBA press release, February 15, 2007
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Tim Hardaway now embraced by some in
Associated Press / ESPN, September 27, 2007.
* ^ Hardcore Hoops Show podcast,
Tim Hardaway discusses the work
that he has done in the gay and transgendered community, Hardcore
Sports Radio / Hardcore Hoops Show, February 11, 2010.
Jason Collins talks to Bill Simmons,
Grantland , April 30, 2013.
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