Isiah Thomas Rumors
“There’s one thing I do know I want to tell you; it takes a village to raise a kid; Chicago South Side raised a kid. This is Chicago South Side. This is for them,” Hardaway said of his decision, per Ira Winderman. “Isiah Thomas, I grew up watching him play, my basketball idol, no question, from the city of Chicago,” Hardaway explained. “Nate Archibald, my college assistant coach, came back to his alma mater and coached me [at Texas-El Paso] and helped me understand. Yolanda Griffith, we went to high school together. We graduated in the same class. And I wanted to acknowledge her as being the first before me and wanted people to understand that. She was a Hall of Famer before me, and she needs to be recognized.”
Roughly 40 years later, Tim Hardaway Sr. is entering the Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday after a notable career in the NBA and college. The point guard is best known for revolutionizing with his “UTEP two-step” crossover move that has become a staple in the NBA and basketball courts all over the world. “In Chicago, I was known for the between the legs dribble,” Thomas told Andscape. “And then I saw Tim when he was in high school at a Christmas holiday tournament that I came back to as one of the special guests. Not only did Tim have the in-between the legs, but he added a crossover to it. We all played with the crossover, but none of us made it a staple piece to your move.
Weatherspoon will be one of five Hall of Famers on stage with Cash when she is presented on Saturday, along with Auriemma, Isiah Thomas, Tamika Catchings and Tina Thompson. And as she watches her friend continue to grow in the latest stage of her basketball career, Weatherspoon knows “greater things are ahead.” Cash is now setting her sights on making history as the first woman to lead an NBA front office. “That would be the goal,” Cash says.
Still, Top Shot was undeniably a success and it showed the league that its fans had an appetite for NFTs, he said. The deal with Sorare, he added, was another way to engage them. By partnering with Sorare, the NBA and the union are trying to replicate Top Shot’s success but in another paradigm. Meltzer said that Sorare and Top Shot are not analogous, calling his company a different use case for NFTs. Goodstadt said the union waited to partner with another NFT company because it wanted Top Shot to survive on its own, at first. While Dapper remains an NBA partner, with investments from NBA players as well, this new deal with Sorare will allow the league to keep finding new business in the NFT world.
Tim Hardaway, presented by Isiah Thomas (’00), Mitch Richmond (‘14), Chris Mullin (‘11), Yolanda Griffith (‘21), Nate Archibald (‘91) Manu Ginobili, presented by Tim Duncan (’20) Lindsay Whalen, presented by Dawn Staley (‘13), Charles Barkley (’06) Swin Cash, presented by Tamika Catchings (‘20), Teresa Weatherspoon (‘19), Tina Thompson (‘18), Isiah Thomas (’00), Geno Auriemma (‘06) Bob Huggins, presented by Jerry West (‘80), Rod Thorn (‘18) George Karl, presented by Roy Williams (‘07), Gary Payton (‘13), Bobby Jones (‘19)