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147. Tim Hardaway

Tim Hardaway is one of the most polarizing players the game has had in recent years. Never one not to speak his mind he has made several comments which angered a lot of people but yet at the same time he has done a lot to improve the lives of many people.

After four years at UTEP where he earned WAC player of the year honors in 1989 Hardaway entered the NBA draft. He was selected as the 14th pick in the draft by the Golden State Warriors. Hardaway along with Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin would make up one of the most dynamic backcourts in NBA history. The trio nicknamed run TMC (after the music group run DMC and the letters standing for Tim, Mitch, Chris) turned around the hopes of a struggling franchise and in his second year the Warriors made the playoffs.

Hardaway became the second fasted player, behind Oscar Robertson, to reach 5,000 points and 2,500 assists.

In his second year in the league Hardaway’s points per game jumped to 23 and his assists to 10. Hardaway would average 18-23 points a game and between 8-10 assists a game from 1990 until 1998. In his third year he made his first all-star team. Hardaway would make the all-star team five times in his career and be selected as a starter in 1997.

Midway through the 1995-96 season Hardaway was traded from the Warriors to the Miami Heat. With the head Hardaway finally saw some playoff success. In nearly 5 seasons with the Warriors Hardaway played in only 14 playoff games, in the 1997 playoffs alone he played in 17.

Hardaway became a fan favorite in Miami and helped make the team a respectable title contender and helped guide them to the 1997 Eastern Finals where they lost to the Chicago Bulls.

After 5 and a half successful seasons with the Heat Hardaway was traded to the Dallas Mavericks for a second round pick. Hardaway lasted only half a season with the Mavs before he was traded again this time to the Denver Nuggets. Hardaway had one of his most memorable moments as a Nugget when he threw a TV monitor onto the court. Soon after that incident he retired.

His retirement lasted about a year before he signed with the Indiana Pacers and played the final 10 games of his career there.

In February of 2007 Hardaway made headlines when on a Miami radio station he said he hated gay people and would not want to play with any of them. The backlash was strong against Hardaway who was removed from NBA all-star activities and fired from his job with the CBA Indiana Ally-cats. Hardaway later issued an apology but the damage had been done.

Hardaway’s #10 was retired by the Heat in 2009 and he now lives with his wife in Florida.

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