I was watching the 2013 version of the Golden State Warriors last night and I couldn’t help but think about the old Run TMC Warriors.
For those of you too young to remember, the T.M.C. stands for Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond, and Chris Mullin. This dynamic trio played together for 2 seasons (1989-1991) in the Bay and blessed us with some of the most exciting basketball of the decade. While everyone was following the model set by the Bad Boy Pistons, Don Nelson decided to pick up the pace and turn these 3 loose.
The 3 of them had different games, but they came together seamlessly on the court.
Hardaway was the floor general. His fiery attitude and killer crossover made him an instant sensation. People love to talk about Allen Iverson’s crossover, but Timmy’s UTEP 2-step broke plenty of ankles, including mine in a South Florida pick-up game (No shame, he crossed up MJ). I’m just glad he didn’t scream “I got skillz!!!” after he hit the J on me.
Mullin is considered one of the greatest shooters in NBA history. That left-handed stroke was deadly from anywhere on the court. As great of a shooter as he was, people forget how skilled he was. He was an original Dream team member, so yeah he was the real deal. He always reminded me of that old guy at the Y who wasn’t athletic, but always seemed to light it up.
Richmond was the steady, solid force of the bunch. His nickname was the Rock for good reason. He’s one of the most underrated guards in NBA history. He got it done on both ends averaging 21 ppg for his career and was never afraid to guard the game’s best. Jordan was once asked who he hated playing against the most and he said Mitch Richmond.
Surprisingly, the trio only combined for an 81-83 record in their two seasons and won only one playoff series. Prompting Don Nelson to trade for more size. So he shipped Richmond to Sacramento for career underachiever Billy Owens.
I will never forgive you for this Nellie….NEVER!
Hard to believe its been over 20 years since we last saw them on the court together. The 3 of them went on to have Hall of Fame careers and have great moments in the NBA. But I’ll always look back fondly on those Run TMC years.
That was basketball. That was fun.
The 2013 Warriors with Klay Thompson and Steph Curry are bringing back that good feeling, that good basketball.This is how the game should be played. Kids, take notes!
We just need to work on that nickname though…The Splash Brothers???
– N.D. Face