Tim Hardaway, who commented against the LGBTQ community once, is now finally enshrined in the Hall of Fame
Tim Hardaway Sr. is now in the Hall of Fame, right where he belongs. The father of the Crossover was visibly emotional during his inductance.
The emotive expression of getting into the Hall of Fame is something that is reserved for the greats. For a long time, Tim Hardaway was denied entry.
He believed that his comments against the LGBTQ community in 2007 were the cause of his rebuttal. He apologized for it. Claiming that it was said in vain and that he was ignorant at the time.
A 5-time all-star, 5-time all-NBA player, including the first-team, Tim Hardaway was the small point guard before the small ball era. At a time when big men dominated, Hardaway used his dextrous handles to weave through opponents.
He was the crafty point guard before the crafty point guard even began. Moreover, he can lay claim to a skill that virtually every NBA player has tried to use, the Crossover.
😁 All Smiles
— NBA (@NBA) September 10, 2022
Tim Hardaway gets inducted into the Hall of Fame and does the signature Crossover
We know how he must be feeling. It has been a long time coming for Tim and he rightfully deserves the praise. To invent a move and to thrive in a time when the league was solely focused on the big man archetype, here he was doing things differently.
Sure he may not have the panache and flair of some other guards of his time, like Isiah Thomas or Magic Johnson. But for Hardaway, it was more about the grind.
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) September 10, 2022
And to show off what his influence really meant to the world, he pulled off his signature Crossover while receiving his jacket. And guess who was in attendance?
His son, Tim Hardaway Jr. the Dallas Mavericks star, who has made a name for himself in the NBA.
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) September 9, 2022
He even made a comment about the ball-handlers of today, like Kyrie Irving, Chris Paul, and Stephen Curry. He remarked that while none have his particular skill-set, they were still quite good. Yeah, we think you’re right about Tim Sr.
— NBA (@NBA) September 9, 2022
He has had iconic moments throughout his career including his iconic Game 7 performance in the 1997 Eastern Conference Semifinals.
🔥 38 PTS | 5 STL | 7 AST 🔥 pic.twitter.com/Jq9PFUe9Aw
— NBA History (@NBAHistory) September 6, 2022
Hardaway is adored by Warriors and Heat Fans alike, and why shouldn’t they? He brought them much joy during a time of hardship.