Hardaway averaged 11.5 points and 2.2 rebounds per game for the Knicks last season.
"I’m not going to sugarcoat anything. It wasn’t the year I wanted to have. I know that, and I know the guys on my team know that, as well," Hardaway Jr. said after practice Saturday.
Coach Derek Fisher said Saturday that he's hoping the guard improves his game in ways that don't include shooting.
"People know that you can make shots from night to night when the ball’s going in, but the other parts of your game you’re going to have to continue to mature and develop," Fisher said. "So even with the wrist possibly still bothering him a little bit, the defense, the hustle, the rebounding as a big guard, making good decisions, those are all things that he can still do. So he should focus on those things."
Fisher also called Hardaway Jr. "much more versatile" than just a shot-maker.
"I think Tim is just continuing to evolve as a young man and, I think, continuing to break away from the idea that shot-making is the thing he can do to help his team. I think Tim is much more versatile," Fisher said. "I think his ballhandling is improving. I think his size gives him the chance to guard multiple players on the defensive end. Those are things that he can do every night. And I think he’s making a more concerted effort to do those this year and accepted that challenge. I think he’ll get better as time goes on."
Hardaway Jr. has averaged 11.1 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game while shooting 38.5 percent from the field.
Hardaway has missed the last nine games with a sprained wrist.
The Knicks are 14.5-point underdogs on the road.
Hardaway Jr. has not played since March 15 because of the wrist injury. In 63 games, he is averaging 11.3 points and 2.2 rebounds.
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