Q&A with NBRPA Miami Chapter President Tim Hardaway

April 1, 2014

By: Alyssa Nadelman

NBRPA Miami Chapter President Tim Hardaway was selected as the 14th pick of the first round in the 1989 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors. During his 13 years playing in the NBA he achieved several accolades: 5-time NBA All-Star, All-NBA First Team, and 3-time All-NBA Second Team. At the height of his career, Hardaway was considered one of the league’s top point guards with a lethal crossover dribble, dubbed the “UTEP Two-Step” in deference to his alma mater, Texas-El Paso. Hardaway currently lives in Miami where he works for the Miami Heat as a Scout/Community & Corporate Liaison.

Q: What’s new with the Miami Chapter?
A: We had a productive meeting where we talked to a representative that works with Bill Clinton about having him come to Miami and speak. That’s one of the big projects we’re working on. Also, we’re trying to set up a couple of camps around the Florida area. Not just in Miami, but in Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale, because we have a lot of members that live out in those areas too. We’ve just been trying to get the word out there that we’re here and we’re trying to help out the community as much as we can.

Q: Why did you get involved with the NBRPA as a chapter leader?
A: I was asked to take a leadership role in the Miami Chapter and it took me about a month or so to figure out whether or not I should do it. A lot of people kept encouraging me and saying it was good thing to do. Not just for me, but for the retired basketball players to keep our names out there by remaining visible and offering our help to the community. It’s important for us to be accessible to the fans and corporations, more so then guys playing on teams now.

I said ok, let me go ahead and try it and see what I can do and how it’s going to help others. That’s why I became Chapter President. One of the guys couldn’t really do it to the full potential he wanted to do it because he lived in Boca and constantly traveled for speaking engagements. So I decided to take on the role and try to put us on the right track and do some good in the community.

Q: What are your goals for the Miami Chapter?
A: My main goal for us is to remain visible-for people to know that we are out there to help various causes. We want to help young basketball players become better basketball players and to understand the fundamentals of how to play the game right. It’s also important for us to keep the youth in school getting a good education, respecting their elders, and not fighting one another.

I envision the Miami Chapter being out in the community and just helping out different places. Wherever people really need our help or tutelage in assisting youth or just families. We have people who can speak to them about bettering not only their lives, but also their family lives. Truly allowing ourselves to be visible and making people understand that yes we played basketball, but we’re human and we still care about where we live.

Q: What events does the Miami Chapter have coming up?
A: Youth basketball clinic camps, and we will hopefully have Bill Clinton come to Miami and talk, do some sort of a fundraiser for him. We're just in the preliminary talks about what we can do, how we can do it, and when we can do it. That will probably happen sometime next year.

For the immediate time though, in the next three months, we will be hosting youth camps and getting to know our community and them getting to know us ... really making sure that they understand we are there for them in any capacity that we can help.