In this week's edition of Steve Serby's Q&A, guard Tim Hardaway, Jr. expressed optimism about his second stint with the Knicks.
Hardaway, 25, said he "has faith in everybody" and believes many of the players could be All-Stars, including himself. After beginning his career as a Knick, Hardaway, spent the last two seasons playing for the Atlanta Hawks and said he wants people to know that things have changed since then.
"I would tell 'em they're getting a different ballplayer than what they saw previous years," he said. "I definitely grew as a ballplayer, grew as a man on and off the floor. … I just want them to know that they're gonna get the best of Tim Hardaway Jr. 24/7, 365 days of the year, and they won't regret it.
When asked how he will help Kristaps Porzingis if Carmelo Anthony is traded, Hardaway stressed the importance of teamwork.
"Me and him are gonna be feeling the same type of pressure, and all we can do is have each other's back in that aspect," he said. "Pretty sure teammates will all jump in as well. At the end of the day it's a team sport, we're all in this together, and if one man is down, it takes the rest of the 14 guys to pick him back up."
Hardaway averaged 14.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game this past season for Atlanta.