Here's to Tim Hardaway

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Here's to Tim Hardaway

It was Tim Hardaway bobble-head night at Oracle Arena onMonday night. In a lead-up to the Chris Mullin jersey retirement ceremony onMarch 19, the Warriors are doing the bobble-head thing with Hardaway, MitchRichmond and, of course, Mullin: "Run TMC.".When I get to thinking of Tim Hardaway, I think of a playerwho was relentless, tough and fearless. Few guards took the ball to the hole ashard as Hardaway did.His killer crossover is what many people will remember,but on the end of that move was usually a finish in the lane, sometimes intraffic and a lot of the time in head-shaking fashion.
Hardaway had four seasons with the Warriors in which heaveraged over 20 points and nine assists per game. When he got it going asthey say, he was virtually unguardable.He was a player who could get his shot when he needed to.You couldnt defend him tightly on the perimeter because hed just go by you,and so he always had a makeable 20-footer at hand.He was a fierce competitor, and he had a great love for thegame-within-the game. And that meant his head-to-head matchup with the opposingpoint guards.When Hardaway got scored on, chances were he was coming rightback at the guy. Hardaway was a player who didnt just want to win, he wantedto win two things: the game and his matchup.As competitive as Hardaway was, he almost always did his jobwith a smile on his face and in, lets just say, a vocal way. He was atremendous talker on the court but yet always seemed to do it in agood-natured way. Hardaway was the essence of a scoring point guard. He wasnot a consistent outside shooter, but he was good enough and he could bestreaky. Truth be told, Hardaway didnt have to be a great perimeter shooterbecause, in his prime, he got to the basket whenever he wanted.The other thing to remember about Hardaway is this: As goodas he was as a Warrior, he was every bit as good after he got traded to theMiami Heat. Hardaway had a whole nother career after leaving Golden State, andtruth be told, a better one certainly from a team standpoint.And its a big reason why the Heat have retired Hardaways No.10 jersey.

Does Draymond still care about DPOY after another ring? 'At this point...'

Does Draymond still care about DPOY after another ring? 'At this point...'

OAKLAND -- Even though Draymond Green still would like to win the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award, winning a championship with the Warriors has quenched much of thirst for the honor.

“I don’t really care that much anymore,” Green said after participating in the JaVale McGee Celebrity softball game Saturday at the Oakland Coliseum benefitting the Jug Life Foundation, promoting a healthy lifestyle around water consumption.

“I cared before,” Green added. “But we won the NBA championship now. I don’t care about what happened in the regular season any more at this point. I think I would have cared if I found out in Round 1 or Round 2 (of the playoffs).

“But at this point . . . I don’t even care any more.”

This is in marked contrast to what Green expressed early in the regular season, when he acknowledged the DPOY award is the only individual award he actively cared to win.

As recently as two months ago, in discussing his defensive performance in a season during which he made numerous memorable plays, including some game-saving defensive stands, Green let his words speak on his behalf.

“It is the best defensive season I’ve had, because I’ve continued to grow,” he said at the end of the regular season. “When I look at the last couple years, I think each year I got better defensively. And I think this year I’ve gotten better. So I do think it’s my best season, defensively -- but just not numbers-wise. The numbers are up a little bit more. But I actually feel better about what I’ve done on the defensive end than I have in any other year.”

Winning a championship apparently has an impact on the significance of individual awards.

A finalist for the award for which he finished second in each of the past two seasons, Green said Saturday that his plan is to leave for New York on Sunday and be in attendance when the awards are presented Monday night.

The other finalists for the award are Jazz center Rudy Gobert and Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, who won it the last two seasons.

All three players will be among those at Basketball City at Pier 36 in New York for the inaugural telecast of the NBA Awards on TNT.

Durant fires back at salty Thunder fans with custom cupcake hat

Durant fires back at salty Thunder fans with custom cupcake hat

Kevin Durant didn't forget about the taunts.

In February, when Durant returned to Oklahoma City for the first time as a member of the Warriors, Thunder fans heckled him with t-shirts featuring cupcakes, a reference to Durant being soft for joining the 73-win Warriors.

On Saturday, the cupcake graphic made a return with one slight change.

Durant, playing in JaVale McGee's JugLife Celebrity Softball game at the Oakland Coliseum on Saturday, showed up to the stadium wearing a cupcake hat. But instead of a cheery on top, a championship ring was superimposed on top of the cupcake.

So Durant, an NBA champion, got the last laugh.