Killer Crossover King Tim Hardaway Screaming “In Yo Face” in Charles Barkley’s Face!
It took me a while to decide on my favorite Tim Hardaway moment; so many crossovers, game-winners and behind the back passes to consider. I ended up choosing a moment that captured the emotion that was often shown after one of those mentioned highlight plays as my favorite. And that favorite came during the post Run TMC days, when the Killer Crossover King scored an and-1 layup, got right in Charles Barkley’s face, stared him down and yelled “In Yo Face” without receiving a punch to the face or a taunting tech from a ref (I loved the 90s).
A few of my other nominations included him saying, “I got skillz” in his first Nike commercial with Spike Lee (beginning of the following video) and the time he made a defender do the nae-nae before draining a game-winning 3 (1:28 in the same video).
I also thought about his behind the back move on Spud Webb (:32 mark of the following video) or him leaving the great John Stockton in the dust (:45 mark).
Miami Heat fans (I’m not one of them) will probably pick a performance from the mid-90s when Tim Hardaway was the best Hardaway in Florida even though fans were voting for Orlando’s injured Penny Hardaway to start in All-Star games.
For me, nothing could knock this image out of my head.