Hardaway Jr. Gets First NBA Start for Knicks

Adam Zagoria

Rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. will get his first NBA start today when the Knicks host the Celtics at noon.

“It felt great,” Hardaway Jr. said before the game. “It was an honor. Everything I worked for. If it wasn’t for my teammates, none of this would’ve been possible so I’m just going to go out there and play my game, do what I have to do to help the team win and know my role when I’m out there.”

Hardaway Jr., the No. 24 pick out of Michigan, is averaging 8.0 points on the season, and went for a career-high 15 points in Friday’s win over Orlando.

“He’s been pretty solid based on the minutes that we’re giving him from Day One, going back to Summer League,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. “I trust how he plays on the basketball floor. That’s why I’m starting him and I’m just trying to anchor our second group.”

Hardaway Jr. is starting at the two while the Knicks rest Kenyon Martin (ankle).

“His ankle is somewhat sore, so we’re just gonna back off,” Woodson said of Martin. “Back-to-back games got him a little sore. He’ll take today off.

“We’re going to start Tim Hardaway. We’ll have (Carmelo Anthony) back at the 4, and have Andrea (Bargnani) play the 5 with Tim and Iman (Shumpert) and Raymond (Felton).”

Photo: Newsday


Adam Zagoria covers the New York Knicks and Big East hoops for NBA.com and SNY.tv. He also appears as a Big East Basketball Insider on SNY and 1050 ESPN Radio. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.

74 comments
Josean Rivera
Josean Rivera

A lot of party and fun during Saturday night and no responsibilty and respect for knicks fans from the team players.

jeandd323
jeandd323

When is Woodson going to realize that he needs Prigs and Metta back in the game?

Mr.Boots
Mr.Boots

Guys, there is a game thread going; so unless you're happy here, come to the game thread so everybody is heard..

JayfromtheFix
JayfromtheFix

Hardaway sent to the bench not to be heard from again and Cole can't get 1 min?

CL4nyk
CL4nyk

Am I the only one who can't seem to get a live boxscore of the game? I've tried yahoo, espn and the nba website. They're not available.

dreamnyc
dreamnyc

Basketball IQ is at an all time low with this team including the coach

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

starters back in, game goes back to garbage

C0P0
C0P0

Knicks came out TOO comfortable and lazy on both ends of the floor.

Those two wins had them cocky.

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

They just scored with .2 seconds, I can't believe some of the stuff we are seeing today..after today's loss, and I'm Dolan I demand that these uniforms are never worn again, people at MSG have been fired for a lot less

Armand N Berdynaj
Armand N Berdynaj

Hey Amare.. You can't be fing yelling AND ONE when you miss a shot by 17ft.

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

Knicks finally playing with some tenacity, says Breen..too bad the game started at 12, not 12:45.. Down 22 at home, unacceptable

C0P0
C0P0

Great.  We'll be in the game by the 4th if we keep it up. SMFH.

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

Can they cut it to under 15 before the half

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

What's worse, the coach, the uniforms, or this new message system

C0P0
C0P0

BURN THOSE DAMN ORANGE RAT TRAPS!

Brostoevsky
Brostoevsky

No life, no ball movement, no attempt to close out, no driving to the basket, nothing. Woody needs to go. That's a start

1harris1
1harris1

Inexcusable. Completely unprepared to play this afternoon. I'm not sure who I'm more annoyed with: the coach, or the idiot who keeps on insisting the team wear these stupid uniforms.

C0P0
C0P0

I've never been so angry, so quickly, in my entire life. I'm sick of this GD Team!

JerseyFan1
JerseyFan1

WHY THESE GUYS WEAR THE ORANGE JERSEYS

Armand N Berdynaj
Armand N Berdynaj

These guys have to stop going out the night before noon games.


Accountability.. Way to keep your word Woodson

dreamnyc
dreamnyc

the whole crowd should get there money back with this pathetic effort.

CL4nyk
CL4nyk

Da fuq did I just watch?

C0P0
C0P0

Ass kicked. Game Over. 

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

Well folks we just witnessed the worst quarter in knicks history, and many have come this season..unreal..they win two effing games, and all of a sudden in one quarter it's all ruined..the knicks might make a run, but this one is over

C0P0
C0P0

Bomp Bomp bah brrrrr. The Price is Right fail sound.

Brostoevsky
Brostoevsky

Disgusting start to this one. Let's see if Woody makes an adjustment

C0P0
C0P0

Damn Orange Jerseys are a Jinx!

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

3 points after 8 minutes, 23-3.. This isn't a joke

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

best start in knicks history, garbage time from the first quarter

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

It's games like this where you just realize that it has to be blown up.

1harris1
1harris1

To me this game should be the last straw. There is zero excuse for this BS today. I don 't want to hear about Tyson Chandler's absence. Tyson Chandler is not Bill Russell, and he's not so important that the team can't be in the slightest bit competitive playing a sub .500 team at home.

5-13, and this is the effort you give? The other team had to play at 12:00 also, so that excuse doesn't work either.

I'm beyond fed up with this bunch right now. Enough is enough.

C0P0
C0P0

@Mr.Boots Thanks. I'm so despondent I didn't realize.

1harris1
1harris1

Consider yourself fortunate.

C0P0
C0P0

@Armand N Berdynaj It's a bad habit. That's why he never gets an AND 1.

Armand N Berdynaj
Armand N Berdynaj

Maybe he thinks now that he looks homeless like Harden, he will get calls too

Brostoevsky
Brostoevsky

If you are sitting at this game as I am, there are a million answers to that question

Brostoevsky
Brostoevsky

Honestly wouldn't be that bad if the beer weren't $10.50