20 honest quotes from former NBA star Tim Hardaway

tim-hardaway-miami-driveTim Hardaway will forever be known for several things, among which are his “killer crossover” and his outrageous remarks related to gay people.

Other than that, Hardaway was a great NBA guard, who first was part of Run TMC (on the Golden State Warriors, with teammates Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin), and for later teaming up with Alonzo Mourning on the Miami Heat.

A 5-time NBA All-Star and a member of the 2000 USA Olympic Dream team, Hardaway played in the NBA from 1989 till 2003. In 867 NBA games (770 started), he averaged 17.7 points, 8.2 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 35.3 minutes per game.

So, aside from that “gay people” quote, which Hardaway has later apologized for, there are other quotes of him, which you may not know. One was “if you talk trash, you gotta back it up”, the rest are below.

Hardaway’s memorable quotes through the years, gathered from interviews, documentaries and personal statements:

1. I have skills. I am a great judge of talent. I just know basketball.

2. Back in the day, there was not that much media coverage. So the guys weren’t being shown like they are now – all over the globe. We were just in an era where we made things happen in our era, but now everybody’s visible. It’s not us being upset; that was just that era and that was just the media.

3. The most dangerous thing I did as a kid? We used to get behind the cars, grab the car from behind as it was driving down, and slide on the back bumper of the car.


4. I was a point guard that could score, but I got my team involved first. With Run TMC (Hardaway, Mullin and Richmond), I needed to score. With the Miami Heat, I didn’t really need to score all the time. We had Voshon Lenard, Alonzo Mourning, P.J. Brown, Jamal Mashburn and some guys coming off the bench.

5. Kevin Johnson was hard to handle. He could get to the rim, lay you up, shoot 12- to 15-footers. He wasn’t shooting any threes really consistently, but he was getting to the basket or shooting 15-foot jump shots on you consistently. He was hard, a tough cover as we called it.

6. When it’s winning time, I like to be that guy who makes the decision to put the ball in the basket or to give it to the person that’s open. I’m always a point guard first, but if I need to score, I score.


7. I enjoyed playing against some guys because they brought out the best in you.

8. I’m from Chicago, so I was watching Isiah Thomas and how he played the game. My idol, and who I wanted to play after, was Isiah. My first time playing against Isiah is something that was so meaningful. It was fun; I learned a lot. I was nervous, but it was fun.

9. I hate gay people. So I let it be known. I don’t like gay people. 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.


10. I didn’t like how my NBA career ended because I wanted to go out on my own terms But nobody tried to believe in me that I could go back and play.

11. I can’t fly like Michael (Jordan), but I can fly down the court.

12. Basketball shoes are very important, they have to be comfortable, first of all. As a guard, you have to have light shoes, to run down the court fast.

13. My worst sports moment was when I went 0 from 17 in Minnesota, when I was with the Golden State Warriors, back in 1992 0r 1993. We still won the game in overtime, but that was my most embarrassing moment.


14. If the right people do the right things, we can walk, we can have a future. But if people don’t put in time into it to make it run in a right way, I don’t think your team will work.

15. There’s always history somewhere, and it is always nice to be a part of history.

16. I am glad Alonzo (Mourning) got the call and is in the Hall of Fame. We should have went in together. But you know, what can I say? I don’t have any control over that. That’s the way it is. I’m happy for him. No question he deserves it. He worked hard for it.


17. I have tried to stay in shape just in case a team needs a point guard. A championship team. I wouldn’t go to any other team.

18. I did everything I could to establish myself, but it just didn’t work out that way. I am not angry about that.

19. I grew up in Chicago, around gangs. I was going to school every day, trying to fight gangs off. My confidence came from the playgrounds. Playing against older guys on the playground, they get your confidence up. I never lost my confidence.

20. My favorite cartoon character is Spider Man, my favorite color is red and my favorite ice-cream flavor is vanilla.



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