Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Hardaway Jr., Rice Jr. work out for Knicks
By Ian Begley
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Tim Hardaway Jr. was just a kid at the time, but he remembers plenty about the Knicks-Heat rivalry of the 1990s.
"I remember a lot of fights," he said.
Of course, Hardaway Jr. was rooting for the Heat back then. He's the son of former Miami point guard Tim Hardaway.
Tim Hardaway Jr. helped Michigan reach the national title game.
But the younger Hardaway would have no problem switching allegiances if the Knicks draft him later this month.
"I think it would be a great fit for me," the University of Michigan guard said Tuesday. "I watch the Knicks all the time. It's great just to see them get up and down the court, a lot of guys are free out there, a lot of shooters as well. That fits right into my game and what I can bring to the table."
Hardaway Jr. worked out on Tuesday for members of the Knicks staff in Westchester. He wasn't the only son of a former pro at the workout: Hardaway was joined by Glen Rice Jr., son of former sharpshooter and one-time Knick Glen Rice, and Phil Pressey, the son of 11-year pro Paul Pressey.
Rice Jr. and Hardaway Jr. have known each other since they were growing up in Miami. And both have had to answer questions about their famous fathers for years.
"A lot of kids go their separate paths and play different sports. They don't want that harassment or that constructive criticism because they're not going to be their fathers," Hardaway Jr. said. "We took on that challenge ever since we were growing up and we're just trying to live up to the expectation."
But can either player help the Knicks?
Rice Jr., according to an ESPN.com analysis, is the fifth-ranked small forward in the draft. He's viewed as a tough versatile wing and a strong defender but needs to improve his jump shot. He could serve as a solid backup to Carmelo Anthony.
Hardaway Jr. is the ninth-ranked shooting guard in the draft, according to ESPN.com. He can get to the basket and create his own shot, but shot selection has been an issue.
He might not fit into what the Knicks are looking for in the draft -- a scoring big man or backup point guard.
Both Hardaway Jr. and Rice Jr. are projected as late first-round picks. Rice Jr., who played three years at Georgia Tech and was with the Rio Grande Vipers of the D-League last season, said he'd welcome the opportunity to play in New York.
"I think it would be an excellent spot for me to fit in just because they do shoot so many 3s and that's one of the strong points of my game," he said.