Overtime: Hardaway Gets Top Honor

By Melva N. Lloyd

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When the New York Knicks and the Miami Heat battled each other on the basketball court nearly ten years ago, it was a rivalry that usually ended with the Knicks leaving as the victorious team.  From 1998 through the year 2000, the Heat were knocked out of three straight playoff appearances by the Knicks.  Former point guard Tim Hardaway seemed to be the main target when the teams would match up during the playoffs; and although he never got the chance to watch a championship banner raise to the rafters during his six-year tenure as a member of the Heat, Hardaway will finally reap the benefits of being the team’s leader in 3-point field goals and assists.

On Wednesday the revamped Miami Heat will tip-off their season opener against the New York Knicks; and in celebration, the franchise will retire Tim Hardaway’s No. 10 jersey in a pregame ceremony.  Hardaway is just the second Heat player to receive that honor, the first being Alonzo Mourning.

When Hardway was informed by Miami Heat president and former head coach Pat Riley that his jersey would be retired before a game against his one-time archrivals, he couldn’t see it any other way.  “It’s against an organization that we had more battles, good battles and bad battles, against than anyone else. So it makes sense.”

This will be the second banner hoisted in Hardaway’s honor; one already hangs to commemorate the Olympic gold medal he won as apart of the team that played in Sydney during the 2000 Olympic games. 

Quote courtesy of www.yahoo.com/nba/news




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