Ankle Breaking 101…class is in session

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There’s been moments…Those moments when we close our eyes for a blink second and we miss it. It’s one of the most electrifying moments on the ball court that happens ever so often, and when it does there’s always 1 player who’s left scratching his head asking himself “where did he go?”.

Tim Hardaway was the godfather of the killer crossover. Originally dubbed the “UTEP two-step”, so fast he was that it was almost a guarantee every time he lined up at the top of the key alone he would blow by any defender that would step in his way. What made it easier for him was that he was surrounded by sharpshooters (Chris Mullin and Mitch Richmond) that opened up the court for him and allowed him to break more ankles than the Mob back in the 1920′s.

Standing at 6’0 feet and 175 pounds, Hardaway was lightning quick and no man in the NBA could guard him straight up. Having the luxury of playing in Coach Don Nelson’s open offensive minded system allowed him to roam free and consistently drive and kick to an open Mullin who had no problem draining a long 3 from downtown.

Hardaway was drafted 14th overall by the Golden State Warriors in 1989 and his impact was immediate. Averaging nearly 15 points and close to 9 assists a game in his rookie season, Hardaway was everything they thought he would be. Over the next few years Hardaway averaged over 20 points per game and close to or over 10 assists a game, cementing himself as a top tiered pg and a force to reckon with. Hardaway was an All-Star 5 times including his 16 point outburst in the 1992-1993 game.

Watching Hardaway’s Killer Cross-over was poetry in motion and started a revolution of point guards coming into the league with lightning quick speed and reflexes as quick as a cat. Many have tried to duplicate his feat, and yes they many NBA players have been embarrassed by them. But none have been as slick and smooth as Tim Hardaway himself.

Hardaway played 14 seasons in the NBA for 5 teams (Warriors, Heat, Nuggets, Pacers and Mavericks) and retired in 1993.

He will always be remembered for his ability to dribble and make opponents look silly!!!!!

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