Newly minted Basketball Hall of Famer Chris Mullin has suggested that instead of retiring just his number, the Golden State Warriors should also include his famed running mates Mitch Richmond and Tim Hardaway in the ceremony.
Mullin spoke during a news conference for the Hall of Fame's 2011 inductees in Springfield, Mass., and suggested that the trio nicknamed Run-TMC, who became synonymous with exciting, up-tempo Warriors basketball in the early 1990's, should stand together throughout history.
"To me, it doesn't always have to be about one person," Mullin said. "I know I'd feel more comfortable. That would feel natural to me."
Hardaway was not reached for a response, but Richmond said, "That would mean so much."
Of the three, Richmond had the shortest stint in the Bay Area, playing only 251 games as a Warrior, including playoffs. Still, he averaged at least 22 points per game each season.
Hardaway's number is already retired in Miami, even though he was a member of the Warriors for a longer time and played 23 more games on the West Coast.
Mullin has become the modern-day face of the Warriors, playing more than 800 games for them between 1985 and 1997, with a brief return in 2000.
About his Run-TMC mates, Mullin said, "Tim had the ball, Mitch had the talent, and it was the perfect balance." He added, "I understand Mitch was only here three years. But he made such an impact way beyond that. Tim may have had bigger moments in Miami where his number is retired. But for whatever reason, (Run TMC) was somewhat of a very beloved team."
Mullin will be inducted into the Hall of Fame Friday evening in a ceremony beginning at 7 PM Eastern and broadcast on NBA TV.
Run-TMC's Career Statistics with the Golden State Warriors
(regular season only)
Tim Hardaway: 502 games, 8,337 points, 16.6 ppg, 7.8 apg
Chris Mullin: 807 games, 16,235 points, 20.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg
Mitch Richmond: 234 games, 5,301 points, 22.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 3.4 apg, .486 FG%
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