Isiah Thomas was widely regarded as the best dodger in the NBA during his heyday in the 1980s moving basketball like a yo-yo. But even the Detroit Pistons icon learned something new when he saw a high school pupil in his hometown of Chicago named Tim Hardaway use a cross dodge for the first time.
After nearly 40 years, Tim Hardaway Sr. into the Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday after a prestigious career in the NBA and college. The base is best known for revolutionizing his “two-step UTEP” crossover move that has become a staple on basketball courts and the NBA around the world.
“In Chicago, I was known to dodge between the two men,” Thomas told Landscape. “Then I saw Tim when he was in high school at the Christmas Vacation Tournament that I came back to as one of the special guests. Not only did Tim have cross-legs, but he added cross-legs to it. We all played lacrosse, but none of us made it such an essential piece in your move. .
“When Tim hits you between your legs and then comes back and gives you a crossover, he had such style and flair. Not only was this move tough to guard, but it was so beautiful. He had a moxie attitude and confidence to go with it too. He takes the name and crown as the ‘King of Crossing’.” Allen Iverson came in and had a different stutter cross. But Cross Hardaway is a staple in everyone’s moves right now.”
Hardaway is 18th on the all-time NBA assist list with a score of 7,095. The 13-year-old NBA veteran has played on five NBA All-Star teams and was a five-time NBA team selection. However, Crosse Hardaway is his signature and will continue for many years to come.
“People understood my game and what I brought to the game,” Hardaway said. “Crossing will never fade. People are still trying to make crossing. When I see them do it and they don’t finish it or dodge it out of bounds, I tell them, ‘You have to work on it.’ My legacy will be there, and people will recognize me for years to come…
“Lacrosse has left a huge mark on the NBA. It is an unstoppable move.”
While Chicago was familiar with Hardaway’s cross dribbling, the basketball world learned about it when he played for the University of Texas at El Paso from 1985 to 1989. They called it “Texas Two Steps.”
So, what motivated Hardaway to create his famous crossover?
“If you can master it, you can get into any space you want on the court and do a mission for your team by rocking your leg. Chosen by the Warriors with the 14th overall pick in the 1989 draft, it was a move I made to reach the basket or create it for my teammates,” said Hardaway. .
Hardaway’s most famous part of his NBA career was during his first six seasons with the Warriors, where he starred with the famous “Run TMC” trio that included Hall of Famers Chris Mullin and Mitch Richmond. Hardaway averaged 19.8 points, 9.3 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 1.95 steals in 422 games for the Warriors. His assists in every game are still the best. The 6-footer guard averaged 17.7 points, 8.2 assists, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.6 steals in 867 games with the Warriors, Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets and Indiana Pacers.
The really nervous Hardaway was named into the Hall of Fame after being crossed five times.
“I was afraid to answer the phone, to tell you the truth,” Hardaway said, while filming recently a preview commercial for the NBA season in Los Angeles. I have been rejected five times before. I was shivering. But after the third or fourth episode, I picked it up. a [Hall of Fame official] I called and said: I got better news than before. I would like to congratulate you on being inducted into the 2022 Hall of Fame.
“I was like, ‘Oh man, that’s cool! “From then on in the next hour and a half, it was just crying. My wife, my parents, my children, my brother. They were just tears of joy.”
The father of Warriors star Stephen Curry, Dale Curry, played against Hardaway Sr. in the NBA, and now he plays the former against Hardaway Jr., who plays for the Mavericks. Hardaway Sr’s dribbling skills influenced the best player in the NBA Finals.
“I always knew it was only a matter of time before he made it into the Hall of Fame,” Stephen Curry told Landscape. “There are a lot of players in the league that I grew up watching jumped off the screen based on their style. I didn’t really care what their stats were. It was more than just the effect of watching them play and build a love of basketball.
“He’s right there in that list of guys. The way he’s played has had a lasting impact and has been Hall of Fame worthy. It’s so wonderful knowing he has a son in the league now, and he’s still being recognized.”
New Orleans Pelicans guard CJ McCollum, who uses dribbling on a regular basis, added: “Crossover is something a lot of players today. He’s one of the original pioneers of the crossover. A real game-changer.”
Jamal Crawford, who handles Twitter Tweet embedHe remembers the first time he saw Hardaway unleash his signature move.
“I remember the first time I saw him hit Byron Scott with a move in the playoffs against the Lakers,” Crawford told Landscape. “It was devastating! He is innovative, and the movement he brought into the game will outlive all of us.”
Hardaway Sr. retired from the No. 10 jersey by the Heat and UTEP. Having a Hall of Famer can become in a position to have his shirt retired by warriors.
“It’s all about getting into the Hall of Fame. Let’s get this over with first. Then, let’s see,” Hardaway said when the Warriors retired his shirt.
Years before he became an NBA star, Jason Kidd was fortunate to play small games as a high school star at Alameda College (California) in the summer against Hardaway, Mullen, and former NBA star Gary Payton. The Dallas Mavericks coach still remembers the challenge of dealing with Cross Hardaway during his teenage years.
“As a kid, I was always aware of cross, low speed and dribbling,” said Kidd, who is also a Hall of Famer. “You never wanted to be on the other side of his guard. I never wanted to get hit by him because it was a bad move when he was leaning in one direction and then the other. I just wanted you to be able to make sure you wouldn’t feel embarrassed…
“So, you changed the rules of the game. When you talk about crossovers, everyone is always talking about AI [Iverson]. But it all started with Timmy and the crossover he did in Golden State.”
Like Kidd, Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Phil Handy became well acquainted with Cross Hardaway while playing high school and college basketball in the Bay Area. The former University of Hawaii star said he worked hard on speed and control in his crossover because of Hardaway.
Handy described the soon-to-be Hall of Famer intersection as a groundbreaking move that affected him and the youth of today.
“The two-step UTEP was a revolutionary step,” Handy told Andscape. “It changed the game in many ways in terms of guards attacking defenders. Tim was the first to really use crosshairs in this way, and it was unstoppable. Anytime a player has a signature move named after him, you know it’s going to change the rules of the game.”