"The biggest difference for me this year is patience," Hardaway says. "Last year I was in a hurry to do everything, but now I'm comfortable enough to take my time and see how to attack a defense."
The one thing that tests Hardaway's patience is the regular season. "I can't wait for the playoffs to start so we can make up for that Indiana series," he says. "I want to rush through these 82 games." But there's no need for Hardaway and his teammates to hurry. The present is awfully sweet, and that promising future may be closer than anyone thought.