The Miami Heat announced today that they will retire Tim Hardaway's #10 before the Heat's regular season opener on October 28th. After having nobody's jersey retired for the first 20 years of the teams existence, this is the second number to go up in the rafters this calender year. Alonzo Mourning's #33 went up in the AAA on March 30th.
You had to figure it was only a matter of time before Timmy 'this-a way, that-a-way' Hardaway's number was retired, as he and Zo we're the guys to get this team on the map. In the mid/late 90's, Timmy and Zo were the main components of a team that was championship caliber for several years...if only they had played at a different time then Jordan and the Bulls. (Ironically, Jordan's #23 is also a retired number in the AAA, along with Dan Marino's #13).
Hardaway ranks as the Heat's all-time leader in assists (2,867), 3-pointers (806) and 3-pointers attempted (2,263). The University of Texas-El Paso product also ranks among Miami's all-time leaders in field goals attempted (fourth), double-doubles (fourth), points (fifth), field goals made (fifth), free-throw percentage (fifth), steals (fifth), double-figure scoring games (fifth), free throws made (seventh), free throws attempted (eighth), games started (eighth), minutes (eighth), games played (10th), defensive rebounds (11th), total rebounds (13th), field-goal percentage (16th) and three-point percentage (16th). He also owns the Heat single-season assist record, recording 695 in 1996-97.
Timmy played in the NBA for 13 years. He was an all-star 5 times, as well as a 5-time All NBA team member. He also won a gold medal (along with Alonzo Mourning) with Team USA during the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
This looks to be the beginning of a series of Heat jerseys to be retired. Pat Riley has said that that there would be several banners hanging at the AAA after the initial retirement ceremony for Alonzo Mourning.
Follow the jump to find a couple video's. One is a Tim Hardaway mix, the other one is a clip of a bunch of buzzer beaters. I suggest you jump to the 1:06 mark to see my fondest memory of Timmy, and game-winning 3 at home against the Knicks.