The draft-night trade that sent Tim Hardaway Jr. from New York to Atlanta repelled a immature guard. It also gave him some combined motivation, that he carried with him into a Knicks’ home opener Thursday opposite his Hawks, a 112-101 Knicks loss.
“They have a chip on their shoulder, usually like we do,’’ Hardaway, who did not play in a Hawks’ win, said. “It never feels good to get traded. But you’re with a group during a finish of a day that wants you, and it’s a blessing to be a partial of that.’’
Hardaway was out to cooking with his teammates on Jun 25 when he found out a Knicks didn’t wish him. He had approaching to be a building block, though found out a tough approach he was an unessential asset.
“I was surprised. But during a same time, it’s a business during a finish of a day,’’ Hardaway said. “That’s always your goal, to stay with one team. But it never happens that way. I’m happy to still be a partial of a NBA, still be a partial of a team. I’m with a group that wants me, that needs me, and I’m going to do whatever we can to stay.
“I reached out to [Derek Fisher], talked to him. He was astounded as well. we could see in his tone. … I’m relocating on. I’m prepared to start my career here in Atlanta.’’
So Hardaway changed down South, and changed adult about 40 games in a standings. He traded final year’s 65-loss Knick disaster for a 60-win group — or some-more accurately, a Knicks traded him. It’s a understanding that not usually astounded him, though seemed to annoy Carmelo Anthony, who voiced his exasperation during a time.
“Whatever Melo and myself talked about is apparently private. [But] whatever we guys heard, he voiced it,’’ pronounced Hardaway, who pronounced he was never given a reason for a deal.
“No, nothing. Just a call that pronounced … we got a call from my representative initial that pennyless a news to me. we was surprised. we was during Clyde Frazier’s. It was myself, Cleanthony Early, Langston Galloway, and some some-more of my friends. we was there for breeze night, to see who we got — well, when we was partial of a team, to see who we had. Then after on we didn’t know what was going to happen. It happened 30 seconds before they done a trade.’’
Conventional knowledge was a Knicks had reservations about Hardaway wise into a triangle. Fisher’s respectful answer was reduction about Hardaway and some-more about appropriation rookie indicate ensure Jerian Grant. While Hardaway was dead in Atlanta’s deteriorate opener, Grant debuted with a plain 10-point, five-assist, no-turnover tour in a Knicks’ 122-97 win during Milwaukee.
“From Jerian we’re saying because we wanted to acquire a actor like what he brings to us. we don’t consider it was anything about what Tim can’t be,’’ Fisher said.
“Tim has a splendid future. He’s a plain immature man, that’s because he was drafted here, that’s because we believed in him, that’s because he had a opportunities he had a deteriorate ago.. … So infrequently it’s not about what a actor isn’t, as most about what a actor you’re going to get can be.’’