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Tim Hardaway
Position(s) Point guard
Jersey #(s) 5, 10, 14, 8
Listed height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Listed weight 175 lb (79 kg)
Born September 1, 1966 (1966-09-01) (age 43)
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Career information
Year(s) 1989–2003
NBA Draft 1989 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14
College University of Texas at El Paso
Professional team(s)
Career stats (NBA)
Points     15,373
Assists     7,095
3–pointers     1,542
Career highlights and awards

Timothy Duane "Tim" Hardaway (born September 1, 1966) is a retired American basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and who in his prime was one of the league's best point guards. Six feet (1.83 m) tall, he was best known for his devastating crossover dribble (dubbed the "UTEP Two-step" by television analysts), a move which he helped to popularize among younger players.[1] His nickname is 'Bug.'


Early career

Hardaway was born in Chicago, Illinois. After graduating from Carver High School in Chicago, he 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.

NBA career

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 5,000 points and 2,500 assists faster than any NBA player, except Oscar Robertson. Hardaway also competed in five NBA All-Star Games. He was once 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. Late season 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 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.[2] 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.


  • Hardaway recorded 5,000 points and 2,500 assists faster than any player in NBA history except Oscar Robertson. Hardaway accomplished it in 262 games; Robertson took only 247.[3]
  • Hardaway held the record for most assists in Miami Heat franchise history with 1,947[3], being surpassed by Dwyane Wade on January 16, 2010.
  • 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).[3]
  • Hardaway holds the NBA record for the worst single-game shooting performance in NBA history, having gone 0 for 17 in a 106-102 victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves on December 27, 1991.[4]
  • 1989 WAC Player of the Year
  • Hardaway's number 10 was retired by the Miami Heat on October 28, 2009.

International career

Olympic medal record
Competitor for  United States
Men's Basketball
Gold Sydney 2000 National team

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.[5]

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.[6]

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.[7]

Homophobia controversy

On February 14, 2007, Hardaway made a series of remarks that were widely criticized as homophobic.

During an 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.[8][9]

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."[10] He further apologized on February 15 in a statement released by his agent.[11] On the same day, the NBA responded to Hardaway's comments by removing him from its All-Star Weekend activities later that week.[11] Hardaway's employer, Trinity Sports, owner of the Anderson-based CBA Indiana Alley Cats, dismissed him from his position as Chief Basketball Operations Advisor,[12] and the CBA issued a statement distancing itself from Hardaway's remarks.[13]

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 the road] in my life," and added, "I'm going to do whatever I can to correct it. That's all I can do."[14]

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 gay, lesbian and transgendered issues. [15]

Personal life

He has a wife, Yolanda, and two children, Tim Jr. and Nia.[3] His son, Tim Jr., was recruited by the University of Michigan men's basketball team, offered a scholarship, and verbally committed in June 2009 [1]. Tim Hardaway currently lives in Miami, Florida. He was a player/head coach of the Florida Pit Bulls of the ABA in 2006, but the team folded.


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Tim Hardaway
Point guard
Jersey #(s):
5, 10, 14, 8
Born: September 1, 1966 (1966-09-01) (age 44)
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Career information
Year(s): 1989–2003
NBA Draft: 1989 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14
College: University of Texas at El Paso
Professional teams
Career stats
Points     15,373
Assists     7,095
3–pointers     1,542
Career highlights and awards
  • 5x NBA All-Star (1991-1993, 1997-1998)
  • 1x All-NBA First Team Selection (1997)
  • 3x All-NBA Second Team Selection (1992, 1998-1999)
  • 1x All-NBA Third Team Selection (1993)
  • 1990 NBA All-Rookie First Team

Timothy Duane "Tim" Hardaway (born September 1, 1966) is a retired American basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

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