Former NBA player Tim Hardaway Sr. felt his son, Tim Hardaway Jr., did not get a fair reception when he was signed to a four-year, $71 million deal with the Knicks last July.
"I'm looking at it as you're not giving him a chance," Hardaway Sr. said to the New York Post. "You're writing him off right then and there. Most people hadn't looked at him, what he did with Atlanta, how much he got better and what he got better at."
Hardaway Sr. said despite the Knicks having reviewed 82 games of film to get a better look at Hardaway Jr., the media and fans "wrote him off" before he could play.
"That's what I was upset about," he said. "You don't give him a chance to go out there and do what he's supposed to do. Give him a chance and then go from there."
However, Hardaway Sr. feels better about the current team following the departure of former president Phil Jackson.
"I think Hornacek is doing a great job running plays, running plays for particular guys. They're running the best offense they can run. What to say about the triangle, I don't know. But it's a great story. Things happen for a reason."
Hardaway Jr. has missed time as of late with a stress injury in his left leg, and his father hopes the team does not rush him back too soon.
So far this season, Hardaway Jr. has scored an average of 17.8 points per game while grabbing 4.2 rebounds in 21 games.