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The Golden State Warriors plan to retire the numbers of recently departed stars Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala, but one former Warrior doesn’t seem overly excited about it.
While speaking on KNBR’s “Murph & Mac” show on Monday, Tim Hardaway weighed in on the team’s decision to retire both 35 and 9, before retiring his own No. 10.
“I got friends in Chicago that are saying, ‘That’s some BS.’ You know?” Hardaway said. “They want to email Joe Lacob and Bob Myers and they want to tell them, ‘Well, how come my number isn’t retired and not going up in the rafters?'”
Hardaway was a member of the “Run TMC” trio in the early 1990s and played for the Warriors for six seasons — which is the same length as Iguodala’s Warriors tenure and twice the length of Durant’s.
“I’m laughing because as soon as they said Kevin Durant’s number’s gonna get retired, here they go, he said, ‘Man that’s some BS,'” Hardaway said of one of his friends. “‘How they gonna retire his number and he only played there for three years and you played there for six years, and you giving them all the sweat and tears and everything like that and they’re not gonna retire your number.'”
The former Warrior went out of his way multiple times to say that it’s his friends – and not him – who are calling the Warriors’ decision “BS.” He also said he would encourage them to write to Lacob and Myers and ask them to retire Hardaway’s number as well.
“I’d tell them to go ahead and talk to them, write to them, do whatever you can do, but that’s not up to me,” he said.
However, he did acknowledge that Durant and Iguodala delivered multiple championships to the Bay Area, something the Run TMC group failed to accomplish.
“But, you know they deserve it, you know they won championships, man,” he said. “They won championships, they was there, not to say I shouldn’t be up there, but you know I can feel what Joe Lacob is saying and he wanna bring them joy and show them gratitude for what they did for the city.”
Hardaway was named to three All-Star teams as a member of the Warriors, which is as many All-Star nods Kevin Durant received during his time in the Bay Area. Iguodala had no All-Star appearances as a Warrior, but did win Finals MVP in 2015.
You can listen to Hardaway’s full interview with KNBR here.
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