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"Sh*t, I’ve been in this predicament many times" - Tim Hardaway described the greatest moment of his NBA career

When the going got tough, the Miami Heat's Tim Hardaway delivered
Miami Heat guard Tim Hardaway at the Miami Arena in 1999

Tim Hardaway

During his prime years in the NBA, Tim Hardaway starred in two of the most remarkable teams in NBA history – the Golden State Warriors “Run TMC” and Pat Riley’s Miami Heat in the 90s. So it’s quite understandable if Hardaway finds it hard to pick the greatest moment of his career.

Tim delivered

As an explosive player, Hardaway surely couldn’t recall every game in which he stood out and delivered. However, there was one “Tim Bug” would never forget, and that was also the proudest moment of his basketball career.

According to Hardaway, it was Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semi-finals between the Heat and the New York Knicks. For added context, the Knicks didn’t have two starters that night -- Larry Johnson and John Starks -- while the Heat played without P.J. Brown following the infamous fight that broke out in Game 5.

Despite the significant advantage, Hardaway recalled that it was still a tough game. Tim said it was so intense that then-Heat head coach Pat Riley called a timeout after Alonzo Mourning got foul trouble, and “nothing was said” in the huddle.

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Hardaway stressed that he still vividly recalls the blank look on Riley’s face as it was his “first time seeing Pat Riley in a really, really serious atmosphere.” Instead of feeling pressured, “Tim Bug” realized that he was no stranger to such moments, and it was time for him to step up and take over.

“When my teammates saw [Pat’s] face, I’m looking at them like, ‘Oh wow, everybody’s following his lead.’ Me, I’m thinking in my mind, ‘Sh*t, I’ve been in this predicament many times in grammar school, high school, college, in playgrounds, pick-up games. I’ve been in this type of environment before.’ I was like, ‘OK, now I can do what I want to do. This is my comfort zone’,” Hardaway told Slam in 2020.

Hardaway didn’t fail to show off. He got hot and drilled six three-pointers. He dropped 38 points, and Miami closed out the series with an emphatic win.

A nice homecoming

The Heat then faced Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls in the Conference Finals. Unfortunately, Hardaway couldn’t pick up where he left off, and Miami lost to Chicago in five games. Nevertheless, Hardaway felt honored to have fought their hearts out.

“We went to the Eastern Conference Finals and lost to the Bulls, but we went there.  And I played in front of my home city and my friends, family. It was just a lot of fun,” Hardaway concluded.

Tim never became an NBA champion, but at least he felt like one during the greatest game of his career.

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