Run TMC, from left, Tim Hardaway, Chris Mullin and Mitch Richmond(John Green/Staff)

SAN FRANCISCO — Chris Mullin, Mitch Richmond and Tim Hardaway are situated in a broadcast booth above the Chase Center court. In about an hour, they will be providing the play-by-play and color commentary for the Warriors’ game against the San Antonio Spurs. They are not a sideshow on this night; they are the show, sitting in for Bob Fitzgerald and Kelenna Abuzuike on the NBC Sports Bay Area telecast.

Mullin is the only one with broadcast experience, but you wouldn’t know it looking at them. There isn’t a trace of pregame jitters. No need to practice the broadcast cadence. After more than 30 years as teammates and friends, the three members of Run TMC know how to play off each other.

When the cameras come up and the microphones go live, there begins an audience experience akin to watching good friends watching a game.

“Alright, where’s Tim Duncan?” Richmond asks at tipoff, a reference to the Spurs Hall of Fame center from years gone by.

“Hey, is that Dennis Rodman?” Hardaway chirps when Jeremy Sochan, the Spurs’ pink-haired rookie, came into view.

Run TMC played together for only two seasons, 1989-90 and 1990-91. Their time ended suddenly and shocking on Nov. 1, 1991, hours before the season opener, when Don Nelson traded Richmond to the Sacramento Kings for Billy Owens.

And yet, Run TMC – Tim, Mitch, Chris – remains tight three decades later.

The trio meets up on Zoom, or in person when they’re all happen to be in town. They have a group text chat where they poke fun at each other, keep alive inside jokes and talk about the game they love.

And they have each others’ backs. Always.

Run TMC, from left, Tim Hardaway, Chris Mullin and Mitch Richmond(John Green/Staff) 

When Mullin, despite no coaching experience, was hired as head coach at his alma mater, St. John’s, in 2015., Richmond went with him. When Hardaway’s election to the basketball Hall of Fame was being delayed, likely due to his homophobic rant in a 2007 radio interview, Mullin and Richmond worked behind the scenes on his behalf, vouched for him.

And when the call came last September informing Hardaway that he had been elected, the first people he reached out to after family were Richmond and Mullin.

“Mitch and Mully,” he shouted into the phone. “I’m in!”

“In where?” asked Richmond.

Unlike in baseball and football, the basketball Hall of Fame does not publicize its election date. Richmond really didn’t …read more

Source:: The Mercury News

      

Behind the palpable chemistry on the Run TMC broadcast is a rare NBA friendship

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