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Another former Miami Heat player, however, fell short of advancing to the final voting list, with Tim Hardaway having done so the previous two years, now left to await another voting cycle next year. O’Neal helped lead the Heat to the 2006 NBA championship, the franchise’s first, while Hardaway helped push the Heat into annual playoff contention in the late ’90s.
MLive: What are your specific duties as an assistant coach? Hardaway: I work with the guards, I talk to the guys, because I can see a lot of things that coaches can’t see or other assistant coaches can’t see. I can relate to the game the way these guys relate to the game. I understand the game and I can see what they’re seeing, I can see if something is disturbing them, if something is bothering them. When they working on their game, I can tell them this is a little too much, you need to scale down a little bit or work harder to make your game better. I talk to them and tell them what they need to do as a team and how they need to treat each other as a team. And I really talk to the guards and teach them how to be better point guards.
MLive: What’s the biggest difference in the game now, from before when you played? Hardaway: Physicality and the rules. Putting your hands on people, hand checking. Flagrant fouls. All of that’s different. But the game is still played the same way. The rules change the game. If the rules were the same, the game would be the same and we would be able to do a lot of other stuff. But the rules have changed and you can’t do certain things, and once you can’t put your hands on people they free to do whatever they want to. But it’s a great game, I enjoy watching it. But the thing is, it’s hard to gameplan against it because of the great players out there. So it’s tough — but that’s what makes the job great. And fun.
“What was strange about it was that they went to the Western Conference Finals last year,” Van Gundy told reporters Wednesday. “Eleven games in for anybody is quick, but with all the success they had last year, yeah, I was pretty surprised. Tim Hardaway walked in my office and told me this morning and I was shocked. You don’t expect that from a team that was in the final four last year and is really bringing back the same group.”
Feb. 24, 2015. What are your impressions of some of the other key players on your team? Jackson: “Jason Smith has really stepped up his game, and before he got hurt, so had Shane Larkin. Unfortunately, Shane hasn’t grown any since the start of the season. Tim Hardaway still shows great potential but has been inconsistent. Jose Calderon expects perfection, and since our operation of the triangle — while improving — remains far from perfect, Jose gets frustrated. When that happens, he gets tight and makes mistakes. Overall, though, and more often than not, everybody plays hard.”
Carmelo Anthony feels “completely hoodwinked and betrayed by Phil Jackson’’ after the Knicks traded Tim Hardaway Jr. and selected European project Kristaps Porzingis with the fourth pick of the draft, according to a radio report by ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith.