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"It's like he is never worried about anything going on on the court," Hardaway says. "It's just him, the basket and the ball."
No, they are not twins, and their backstories are not identical. But they fit together. Tim realizes that with Glenn and sophomore point guard Trey Burke, he doesn't have to be the star all the time. Glenn sees Tim as an upperclassman who can help him navigate the college game and college life.
In a sport that is often about where players plan to go rather than where they are, Glenn says, "My ultimate goal since I was little [has been] to make it to the NBA. I think in the end I will measure my success or failure by that point. Right now I'm just trying to get there. I look at it as, I've gotta make it there."
But Tim, who felt all that pressure to match his father's career, says, "I realized I don't have to do it for my dad. I can do it for myself. Maybe I don't get into the NBA. Maybe I go overseas. But just have that mind-set and be the best basketball player I can be."
Tim Sr. will be happy to read that. "If he makes it to the NBA, I will love him," he says. "If he makes it to be a commentator or a garbageman, I will still love him because that is my son."
Tim Hardaway Jr. and Glenn Robinson III are the same height, and they are listed at 205 and 210 pounds, respectively. This makes them ideal one-on-one opponents, and when they play, the good-natured trash talk flows:
I'm gonna do you like my dad did your dad.
Thousands of people have compared them to their fathers. But when they do it with each other, it's an inside joke only they really understand.