HoopsHype Tim Hardaway rumors

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The NBA doesn’t have a Hall of Fame, leaving the duty of honoring its all-time greats to the Basketball Hall of Fame – an organization hung up on honoring players and coaches (way too many coaches) based on accomplishments at lesser levels. Its processes are both screwed up and secretive (though maybe the former will get marginally better). Advice: Never predict who will be enshrined, and don’t dwell on who should be enshrined. It doesn’t make sense and won’t make sense. But that doesn’t mean we can’t take a few moments to honor those elected in what’s still a huge honor. Five former NBA players were finalists this year, and two were reportedly elected. In: Alonzo Mourning Mitch Richmond Out: Tim Hardaway Kevin Johnson Spencer Haywood NBCSports.com

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According to a source, Oklahoma City has expressed interest in both Shumpert and rookie Tim Hardaway Jr., though the latter is viewed currently as a virtual untouchable. “Whatever’s going to happen is going to happen,’’ Shumpert said. “I can’t really do anything about it. All I can do is try to go out there and try to play a good game.’’ New York Post

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As a boy, Hardaway Sr. had used the game as an escape from a tough neighborhood. His circumstances were part of his motivation. He wanted to get out. But what was motivating his son? As a result, Hardaway Sr. felt it was up to him to drive his son, to manufacture desire by pushing and prodding. It nearly destroyed their relationship. They sometimes went weeks without speaking to each other. “I was trying to make him want the game as badly as I wanted it,” Hardaway Sr. said. New York Times

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The New York Knicks are pursuing Toronto point guard Kyle Lowry with a package of Raymond Felton, Metta World Peace and a 2018 first-round draft pick, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The Knicks refused a Raptors proposal that would've included Iman Shumpert and Felton, sources told Yahoo Sports. WIthout a first-round pick or Shumpert, there is no traction for a deal. The Knicks have no appetite for including Shumpert or rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. in a package. Yahoo! Sports

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Hardaway Sr. admits he put too much pressure on his son and that he almost ruined his career and his family in the process. “I wanted him to play like I played,” Hardaway Sr. said. “I wanted him to take the game seriously — not saying that he didn’t — but I wanted him to do more. I was tearing up the family and I wasn’t having fun. I wanted him to enjoy the game of basketball and what I was doing, I wasn’t letting him enjoy it and I wasn’t enjoying it either. “I had to really check my ego at the door. I had to really look at myself in the mirror. And one day, junior year, I apologized to him. I said ‘I’m sorry, I’ve been too hard on you.’ It helped us out as a family.” New York Post

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Tim Hardaway regrets anti-gay comments made in 2007, but believes they resulted in dialogue that advanced society. "What I said and how I said it, it was bad," Hardaway said. "But I think it opened up a lot of eyes and made people really, really understand that these are people and that we shouldn't bash them or throw rocks at them or anything like that. I think that opened up a lot of eyes, opened up a lot of dialogue to which people didn't even want to touch (before). Now, I think they will touch it. I'm not saying that it's a good thing (the comments were made), but, if I didn't say that, I think we still would be further back." Sulia

Over the past several years, Hardaway has provided support at several gay events. When Jason Collins earlier this year became the first active NBA player to reveal he is gay, Hardaway called Collins the day the news broke to offer his support. Hardaway earlier this month was the first signer of a petition seeking the legalization of gay marriage in Florida. "I've changed a lot," Hardaway said. "I hear my (2007) comments today and I cringe because those were bad comments. It was like I was telling people to go bully them, beat them up, you can commit suicide, all the bad things, and that's the way it sounded. I wanted to make amends to myself and make amends to everybody and make sure that they understand totally that wasn't me. I made a big mistake and I just wanted to change it." FOXSports Florida

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It was, you may recall, Hardaway who during a 2007 radio interview said he "hated'' gay people, didn't want to be near them and wouldn't bother to hide his revulsion. To reiterate, the former Warriors star, then three years into retirement and living in Florida, added a two-word exclamation point: "I'm homophobic.'' I asked Tim this week to convey what was on his mind at the time. He said "nothing,'' and there is every reason to take him literally. His evolution, then, is not so much a matter of political expedience but of mind engagement. With the benefits of education and awareness, Hardaway has spent much of his time since as a beacon of tolerance and unity. "We need to respect them as human beings who should have the same rights as any other human beings,'' Hardaway said. Contra Costa Times

In the wake of his previous comments -- made shortly after another retired NBA player, John Amaechi, revealed he is gay -- a contrite Hardaway was introduced by a mutual friend to Vanessa Brito, a lesbian activist in Miami. She explained the potentially far-reaching ramifications of hate speech, which can incite bullies and traumatize those struggling with identity. Hardaway hadn't bothered to consider any of that. "With what I said, people could think it's OK to throw rocks at them or bully them,'' Hardaway said. "I just wanted to make people understand that what I said wasn't cool. I wanted to make amends for it.'' Contra Costa Times

Whereas Hardaway's radio comments were the result of being, in a sense, back on the court, where he was utterly fearless and often led with considerable swagger and ego. He was being macho, responding as macho guys are "expected'' to respond. He now responds from an informed point of view. "Once I started reading about what was happening with these people -- kids getting beat up, bullied and committing suicide -- I realized I made it OK for people to keep ridiculing them,'' he said. "And I felt bad about it.'' Contra Costa Times

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