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Is Tim Hardaway Jr related to Penny Hardaway?

Joshua Rogers June 6, 2021
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Is Tim Hardaway Jr related to Penny Hardaway? Family life of Dallas Mavericks star, including Tim Hardaway Sr, explored.

Tim Hardaway Jr: NBA profile

Timothy Hardaway Jr currently plays for the Dallas Mavericks, and had an impressive series against the LA Clippers in their recent first round playoff series.

Hardaway Jr played college basketball for Michigan Wolverines and was selected with the 24th overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft by the New York Knicks.

He has had two stints with the Knicks and has also played for Atlanta Hawks.

In 2019, Hardaway Jr joined the Mavericks as part of the Kristaps Porzingis trade.

He is the son of former NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway, making them one of the few father-son duos to play in the NBA.

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Who is Tim Hardaway?

Tim Hardaway Sr played in the NBA for the Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets and Indiana Pacers.

He was a five-time NBA All-Star and All-NBA Team selection.

He was known for his crossover dribble, which was dubbed the “UTEP two-step” by television analysts.

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So who is Penny Hardaway?

Anfernee ‘Penny’ Hardaway was also a former NBA player.

Hardaway is a a four-time NBA All-Star and a two-time All-NBA First Team member.

Penny Hardaway is best known for his time with Orlando Magic, where he played alongside Shaquille O’Neal.

‘Penny and Shaq’ was a formidable big-man-little-man combination in the NBA.

In the 1995-1995 season, they made it all the way to the NBA Finals, but they were swept by the Houston Rockets.

Penny would win a Gold medal at the 1996 Olympics with the USA Men’s Basketball team.

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Is Tim Hardaway Jr related to Penny Hardaway?

So, Timothy Hardaway Jr is the son of Tim Hardaway.

However, neither men share any relation to Penny Hardaway – they just happen to share the same surname.

Hardaway Sr and Penny’s NBA careers did overlap during the 1990s and early 2000s, though. This may have caused some confusion, but the two guards are not related.

Tim Hardaway Jr cleared things up some years ago!

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.