Tim Hardaway will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in recognition of his 15-year career with the Golden State Warriors as a member of the famed Run-TMC stable or the Miami Heat. The Heat retired Hardaway’s No. 10, who went on to make his best career as an NBA hopeful, earning three All-NBA nods and two All-Star selections.
Despite his personal and team success in South Beach, Hardaway has decided not to have former coach Pat Riley or Alonzo Mourning be the presenters at this Saturday’s Hall of Fame ceremony. That honor replaces the images he shared with Hazen and Riley in Miami that fostered his passion for the game.
Tim Hardaway discusses passing Pat Riley, Alonzo Mourning as Hall of Fame pitchers. https://t.co/mBJsfMaNHQ No, Miami Heat is not a snub, but rather a tribute to those who were there for him in the beginning.
— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) September 8, 2022
Hardaway’s presenters will be Isiah Thomas (Class of 2000), Run-TMC teammates Mitch Richmond (’14) and Chris Mullins(’11), longtime friend Yolanda Griffiths (’21) and former college coach Nate Archibald (’91). .
“I know I want to tell you something. It takes a village to raise a child; He raised a child on the South Side of Chicago. This is Chicago’s South Side. This is for them,” Hardaway said of the decision, according to Ira Winderman.
“Isiah Thomas, I grew up watching him play, my basketball idol, no question, from the city of Chicago,” Hardaway explained. “My college assistant coach, Nate Archibald, coached me back in college. [at Texas-El Paso] And it helped me understand. Yolanda Griffiths, we went to high school together. We graduated in the same class. And I wanted to acknowledge her as the first before me and I want people to understand that. She was a Hall of Famer before me, and she deserves to be recognized.
Passing Riley, Hazen and former coach Don Nelson was a tough choice. Hardaway knows and even admits that he “can’t even name a lot of people that I want to mention.” As a result, Hardaway’s speech doesn’t mention the “many people” he wants to mention.
Instead, UTEP’s two-point creator will make a point to mention key figures during the HOOF media session, which will air on NBA TV while in Miami.
“Sorry, not everyone can be there,” he said of the crowd standing together on stage. “And I tell you this, in my speech, there are so many of us this year that I can’t even mention the many people I want to mention. So I can’t mention many people I want to mention.
Hardaway’s Hall of Fame induction class includes four-time NBA Champion Manu Ginobili, two-time College Coach of the Year Bob Huggins, six-time winning NBA coach George Karl and veteran NBA ref Hugh Evans. Five-time All-Star Lindsay Whalen, four-time All-Star Swin Cash and NCAA National Champion and former WNBA Coach of the Year Mariana Stanley will line up on the women’s side.
Hazen will be at the HOF ceremony, as well as coach Erik Spoelstra, GM Any Ellisburg, assistant GM Adam Simmons, director of scouting and former teammate Keith Askins and several other members of the Heat front office. Riley will not be able to attend due to a scheduling conflict, but he offered high praise for Hardaway when interviewed for the HOF preparation program that will air during the ceremony.
“I’m from New York, and we had a team that, you know, was known for being rough and tumble on defense and natural things. “I needed to find a point guard, and Tim was available,” Riley said of the Heat’s acquisition of Hardaway from the Warriors in 1996.
“He wasn’t an explosive, up-and-down-court type of player. He can keep a well organized team. He was tough as nails, and we were lucky to have him.
Hardaway’s Hall of Fame induction begins this Saturday night.