Prospering in Miami, Hardaway still not Mr. Sunshine

ON THE NBA

March 29, 1996|By Jerry Bembry | Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF

These should be happy times for Miami Heat guard Tim Hardaway. Miserable playing with the Golden State Warriors in the first half of the season, Hardaway has become a key figure for the Heat and its playoff run.

Yet Hardaway, the guest during the NBA's weekly conference call Wednesday, couldn't help taking some swipes at his old team.

"I think I got a raw deal, a lot of people here [in Miami] think I got a raw deal, and a lot of people around the league think I got a hTC raw deal," Hardaway said. "All you guys said I was finished, I was done. Look at me now."

Hardaway, whose scoring and minutes have increased since the trade, also offered some thinly veiled criticism of the Warriors' Rick Adelman and his coaching staff. It was Adelman who moved Hardaway into a reserve role, behind B. J. Armstrong.

"There's a lot of chemistry here with the Heat that wasn't there at Golden State," Hardaway said. "It comes from the coaches saying, 'This is how it's going to be, and there's no deviation, and if anyone deviates, you get fined.' "

Hardaway criticizing the Warriors as being undisciplined was met with disbelief from Golden State assistant George Irvine. During a practice in January, Hardaway refused to leave the court after being replaced in practice, forcing the team to continue the session playing around him.

"For a guy to complain about discipline, who didn't want to be disciplined, I find that kind of ironic," Irvine said.

Around the league

Fans in Boston screamed "UMass! UMass!" at Georgetown alumnus Alonzo Mourning during Sunday's game between the Celtics and Heat, in reference to Massachusetts' NCAA tournament win over the Hoyas the day before. After a 27-point, 16-rebound game and 111-95 Miami victory, Mourning said, "They brought it on themselves." . . . The Celtics have clinched their third consecutive losing season, which hasn't happened since the franchise began in 1946 with four straight losing seasons. . . . Chicago Bulls forward Dennis Rodman, who comes off his six-game suspension Tuesday, needs eight rebounds for the minimum 800 required for the rebounding title. Rodman, averaging 15.1, appears to be a lock for his fifth straight crown. . . . Cleveland Cavaliers forward Tyrone Hill, who missed 38 games after bruising his spinal cord in a car accident, is unhappy with his role off the bench. "Right now I'm a role player. And I don't like the role that I'm playing," Hill said. . . . Head official Mike Mathis introduced his crew at the scorers' table before a recent game. "This is Beavis and Head-Butt," he said, referring to Ken Mauer and Ted Bernhardt, the referee who was head-butted by Rodman. ... This has been an easy week for the Utah Jazz. On Monday, it beat a Dallas Mavericks team that entered the game with a 10-game losing streak. On Wednesday, it defeated a Milwaukee Bucks club that entered with a 12-game losing streak. And tonight, the Jazz faces the Vancouver Grizzlies, losers of an NBA-record-tying 20 in a row.

Quote of the week

Houston Rockets center Hakeem Olajuwon, when asked who should get the last two spots on the U.S. Olympic team:

"You can't go wrong. It won't make any difference from winning the gold. You could take two ballboys."

Pub Date: 3/29/96

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