HoopsHype Tim Hardaway Jr rumors

April 9, 2014 Updates

Tim Hardaway Jr. has emerged amid the gloom. This one is legit, according to a group of NBA scouts and executives. While Hardaway, who is looking like a steal at No. 24 last June, must work on consistency, the consensus was decidedly positive about the 6-foot-6 shooting guard from Michigan. “He’s a keeper,” said one scout before predicting, “other teams may try to get him. … He’ll be a good fit in the triangle. Coming off the pinch post would be good for him. He’d get shots, they’d send him to the corner. Definitely a keeper.” New York Post

“They want him to put points on the board, and that tells you he’s a good shooter. If he wasn’t, they’d say just go cause disruption on the defensive end so he must be a player they count on to score,” said one former player/scout. “He’s an obvious NBA talent. It looks like he could be a good defender, seems like a good teammate. Can shoot but really needs to work on his consistency. He can be lights out one night, out of sync the next.” New York Post

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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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In their search for a point guard that's included names like Boston's Rajon Rondo, Raptors guard Kyle Lowry and Atlanta's Jeff Teague, you can add the Rockets' Jeremy Lin to that list. ESPN's Chad Ford talked on Bill Simmons' podcast about the possibility, which The Sporting News' Tom Gatto transcribed: "I know another guy they'd love to get their hands on right now, and that's Jeremy Lin," Ford said. "And the question is, would Houston do it? I know the word is no, but maybe, to get out of that contract. Maybe if Iman Shumpert and Tim Hardaway Jr. are in the deal. Maybe." Newark Star-Ledger

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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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Is it really as bad as it seems? "Yes," Ford said via email. "Really, only Victor Oladipo and Michael Carter-Williams are proving to be valuable starters at the moment. A few others like Trey Burke, Mason Plumlee, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Steven Adams have been solid. Giannis Antetokounmpo looks like he might be a big star down the road. But all of those players except Oladipo weren't even in the conversation for the No. 1 pick." Cleveland Plain Dealer

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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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