Exclusive Tim Hardaway Interview:
Luka is better than LeBron at age 23, Raptors are best dark horse to win NBA Championship, Best NBA player, and more
In an exclusive interview, NBA Hall of Famer Tim Hardaway Sr. told Sports Lens that Luka Doncic is better at age 23 than LeBron James.
The former NBA star also had some interesting predictions for the NBA season.
When asked for a dark horse team with legitimate NBA Championship aspirations, Hardaway was quick to name Canada’s team, “If they stay healthy, I would say Toronto”.
Quotes Credit https://sportslens.com
Highlights from the interview:
- Luka Doncic is better than LeBron James was at age 23
- Toronto Raptors are the best dark horse pick to win the NBA Championship
- Best NBA player is a ‘toss up’ between Luka Doncic & Jason Tatum
- Luka, Giannis, and Tatum are top-3 contenders for NBA MVP
- Top-5 crossovers in NBA history: Tim Hardaway, Kyrie Irving, Chris Paul, Allen Iverson, Steph Curry
Other headlines from the interview:
- Lowering the NBA Draft age limit is ultimately going to hurt kids
- You don’t want to start in the G League, you’ll never make it out
- That’s a lot of money for a college kid – (on NIL)
- My son, Steph, Seth, and Klay were brought up with a silver spoon in their mouth.
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Luka Doncic is better than LeBron James was at age 23
Tim Hardaway Sr said “Oh, who’s better at age 23. I will take Luka at 23. What he’s doing now, his jump shot. But we have to remember, Luka has been playing professional basketball since he was the age of 16.
He’s been playing professional basketball. He’s been playing against grown men. LeBron just started playing against grown men at 18. Then he had to figure it out. That took him about 3 years.
I will stay right now, looking back, 23 and 23. What Luka is doing? Yeah, I think that he’s doing it better than what LeBron was doing.”
Toronto Raptors are the best dark horse pick to win the NBA Championship
Tim Hardaway Sr. went on to tell SportsLens, “If they stay healthy, they have to stay healthy, though. If they stay healthy I will say, Toronto. If they stay healthy, what I’ve been seeing with them, and how hard they play.
If they stay healthy. you know they got some guys out now and VanVleet I don’t know if he came back but now my man got hurt in Dallas. He slipped on the floor in Dallas. So you know, I will say them.”
Best NBA player is a ‘toss up’ between Luka Doncic & Jason Tatum
When asked who’s the best player in the NBA right now, he’s divulged to SportsLens, the young guns Luka Doncic and Jason Tatum are the best players in the league.
Hardaway Sr said: “Oh, right now. I hate to say this but it’s a toss up between Luka and Tatum from the Boston Celtics. Tatum is playing really really well. I’d toss it up between them two.
You can see the confidence in his game on both hands of the court.”
Luka, Giannis, and Tatum are top-3 contenders for NBA MVP
Hardaway Sr said: “When it’s all said and done, right now you have to say Luka. Luka Doncic is the frontrunner right now.
“But I’m going to tell you this man, look at Giannis. Look at what he’s doing. His team just lost last night but I would say Luka, Giannis, and Tatum. I think those 3 are front runners for MVP.
“I don’t see anybody else that’s really up there, making some noise.”
Top-5 crossovers in NBA history: Tim Hardaway, Kyrie Irving, Chris Paul, Allen Iverson, Steph Curry
Tim Hardaway Sr named: “Tim Hardaway. Tim Hardaway, number 1. Kyrie Irving. I would say Chris Paul, Allen Iverson and Steph Curry. ”