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Says he could "make a decision at the Under Armour All-American game, but added that it could go to National Signing Day."
Tim Hardaway Jr. was sitting across from the Miami bench to watch one of the toughest blows in Heat history. Allan Houston's go-ahead shot with 0.8 seconds left in the deciding Game 5 of a 1999 first-round series is one of the lasting highlights of the fierce playoff rivalry the New York Knicks had with the Heat in the late 1990s. Hardaway's father starred for Miami, works for the Heat now, and on Friday both were reminded again of that shot.
A picture of it hangs in the younger Hardaway's new basketball home. The Knicks took him with the No. 24 pick in the NBA draft. ''It's very ironic,'' his father said at the Knicks' practice facility. ''The years that I played and the rivalry that we had, now it's coming full circle. My son is going to play for the Knicks. I'm very happy for him. It's not about me, it's about him, and it's about him being happy now and I'm happy for him.'' The elder Hardaway was with the Heat when they played the Knicks in four straight postseasons from 1997-00. His name hangs from the rafters in Miami, and he works for the team as a community liaison and scout.
Wearing a blue dress shirt that matched the Knicks' colors, his son seemed comfortable now on the other side. ''It's ironic but not awkward at all,'' Hardaway Jr. said. ''He's happy for me whatever team I went to and that's what a father should do. He should be happy for his son, whatever team it is, whether it's a rivalry or not. So it's a great opportunity.'' Hardaway played three seasons for Michigan, helping the Wolverines reach last season's national championship game, where they lost to Louisville. The 6-foot-6 guard averaged 14.3 points for his career.Read the rest here http://sports.yahoo.com/news/hardaway-jr-switches-sides-heat-192620735--...
9. Trey Burke: I had Burke going second overall in my mock draft even though I knew that probably wouldn't happen. I just wanted to make a point about how much I like him, and so I was hoping he'd land in a nice spot where he'll be able to flourish. Utah is that spot. Burke will be the NBA Rookie of the Year. I'd take odds on that right now.
I realize this is a story from yesterday but I thought it was interesting that someone was actually predicting Trey would be the Rookie of the Year in the NBA. It's good to hear that Utah is a great situation for him. I have a feeling Piston fans will not be very forgiving if this comes to pass.
Two hour special on Fab Five right now on espn, either U or the deuce.
PLEASE BE TRUE PLEASE BE TRUE PLEASE BE TRUE....
There's an article on the Detroit News' website (not sure if it made the print edition, or if it will tomorrow) defending the Piston's draft choice by comparing Trey Burke to fellow Michigan all-time great Cazzie Russell.
As the article tells us, in the 1966 NBA Draft, the Pistons passed up on the opportunity to draft Cazzie Russell.
"The Pistons passed on one of the greatest college players of the day, the Wolverines' Cazzie Russell, who had just led his squad to three Big-10 Titles and consecutive appearances in the Final Four, in favor of Dave Bing of Syracuse."
Dave Bing, as you may be aware, turned out to be a pretty darn good NBA player. The implication here is that history is repeating itself, and we should not judge Joe Dumars harshly for his decision. The author even digs up a personal memory to give the article that extra bit of impact...
"Trey Burke is some player, and some man. The overwhelming sense is the Pistons are in dire need of both. But I remember feeling much the same as I did this morning, when I learned as a 10-year-old the Pistons had passed on a guy who was an absolute god to me at the time."
So what's the problem? The entire premise of the article is flawed, because the Pistons never "passed" on Cazzie Russell. The Pistons had the second pick of the 1966 Draft. The New York Knicks had the first, which they used to pick... Cazzie Russell. He was not available to the Pistons. Perhaps the author (sportswriter Gregg Krupa) was thinking of the Territorial Pick rule, in which an NBA team could select a local college player BEFORE the first round of the draft - but that rule ended in 1965. Or perhaps the author has gained Mitch Albom's mystical ability to make strong emotional connections to events that never took place.
This has been today's edition of "Why Print Media is Dying and We Will Not Mourn Them."
EDIT: Several hours after this topic was posted, the article on the News' website was editted. The bits quoted in this post have been replaced, and the Pistons are now said to have "missed out" on Russell rather than "passing on" him.