A lot of people seem to think that stepping closer to the basket makes a shot easier. That's not necessarily so. Moving closer can give the defense a better chance to challenge a shot. And intermediate shots can often be harder than three-pointers, especially when the shooter is on the move and has to pull up.
For someone like Hardaway, who has three-point range, I think a wide-open 20 footer, shot in rhythm and off a good pass, is an easier shot that a 12-15 footer, off the dribble, after a pump fake -- especially when the 20 footer is from the corner and the pull up is along the baseline.