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03/28/2013

Michigan's tie-in with the most famous two-step in Texas history

Tumblr_kpdzkpz9Pm1qznj8ho1_500ARLINGTON, Texas - There is some resemblance in the face, but after that Tim Hardaway Jr. doesn't have many of the physical characteristics as his famous dad.

He wasn't born when the late head coach of UTEP, Don Haskins, recruited a little guard out of Chicago to come to El Paso, Texas to play basketball for four years. That's how long ago Tim Hardaway played - good players stayed all four years. 

Today, absolutely no one expects his son - who is a 6-foot-6 junior shooting guard at Michigan and in town to play Kansas in the Sweet 16 on Friday night - to stay in Ann Arbor for four years. He is projected as a mid first-round pick in the 2013 NBA draft, should he elect to come out.

Hardaway arrived in El Paso in 1985 and during his four-year career averaged 11.7 points, 4.5 assists and 2.1 steals per game. Despite being just 6-0, he thrived because he was built like a tank, possessed incredible ball handling skills, and could penetrate with what is forever known as "The UTEP two-step". It was maybe the most devastating cross-over dribble in NBA history. 

His son is very good, but a totally different player.

Tim-hardaway-jr"His dad was 6-foot and could really handle a ball at a high level and was a point guard," Michigan point guard Trey Burke said today. "That's a tough comparison."

Dad's advice was pretty simple - be your own guy.

"It's great just to go out there and play not only for yourself and for your family and for the last name," Hardaway Jr. said when I asked him if it's hard to live up to his famous dad. "He tells me to go out and have fun and don't worry about it; try to make a name for yourself. I'm 6-6, he was 6-foot. He's a point guard. I'm not. That's basically it, he could tell you that straight up."

 

 

 

 

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