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Although he played just three seasons with the Golden State Warriors, Mitch Richmond was and continues to be a fan favorite among Bay Area basketball enthusiasts. Nicknamed ĎRockí for his tough play, Richmond joined the Warriors after the team selected him with the fifth pick of the 1988 NBA Draft. He quickly made his mark on the league, averaging 22.0 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.2 assists while earning NBA Rookie of the Year honors in 1989. Along with Tim Hardaway and Chris Mullin, Richmond was part of a trio that came to be known as Run TMC in reference to the popular rap group, Run DMC, from the 1980s & 90s. Richmond flourished in the Warriorsí up-tempo attack, averaging 22.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists in his Warriors career before he was traded to Sacramento in November of 1991.
Warriors.com (DotCom): Whatís happening with Mitch Richmond right now? Mitch Richmond (MR): Iím doing all sorts of things, but one thing Iím really adamant about right now is Iím coming out with a lot of electronic products, actually some headphones called ďThe RockĒ series. Iíve actually been on that for about nine to 10 months and weíll be launching probably around the holiday season.
DotCom:How did you get involved with that? MR: I always loved electronics. With the new boom of headphones and Dr. Dre coming on the scene and just taking headphones to another level, thereís a lot of other companies out there that are benefitting from having different types of headphones. Iíve always been a guy who loved electronics and loved the new and improved thing thatís coming out. I just wanted to try and create something that I like to do.
DotCom:Are you still playing basketball? MR: I just got through playing just now and (Mark Jackson) was there. We play every Tuesday and Thursday in Calabasas (Southern California). I have a lot of the ex-guys out there: myself, (Byron) Russell, Mark Jackson, Cuttino Mobley, Chris Mullin comes sometimes. We get a lot of guys who come there and play against some of the European players and we have a good run.
DotCom:What was it like playing with Chris Mullin? MR: I only played with Mully for three years. We just gelled and clicked right away. It was something unique. It was a one-two punch at the time and then a year later Tim Hardaway came. We just gelled right away. He took my game to another level by working out with him in the summertime, developing my jump shot and stretching my range a little bit.
DotCom:It must have been an honor to just be selected in the NBA Draft, but what was it like to win Rookie of the Year? MR: Being drafted by the Golden State Warriors, my first team, I really truly loved the area, I loved the teams, I loved how we played. I just had an opportunity to come in right away and start and get familiar with the offense. With Chris (Mullin) and some of the guys on that team, it really helped me and propelled me to win the Rookie of the Year. It was definitely a team effort.
DotCom:The era of Run TMC didnít last that long, but itís still an era that NBA fans talk about because you guys were so fun to watch. MR: We only played two years together. I played three years with Mully and two years with Tim and the name came the second year. People still remember that name and identify us as Run TMC. It was a fun time of basketball. It was probably one of my most fun times, definitely team-wise. I felt that we were not that far away. We competed with the Lakers in the second round (of the playoffs) that year and I thought we had the opportunity to add a couple pieces and we would be right there.
DotCom:What do you remember about playing with Tim Hardaway? MR: Tim had a little knuckleball shot, but it went in and he got to the rim. He was one of the quickest and strongest guards in the league that year and I think he was blowing by everyone. I enjoyed playing with him because he was such a great passer. It was a great combination for all three of us.
DotCom:You averaged at least 21.9 points for 10-straight seasons. Why do you think you were such a consistent scorer? MR: One thing I wanted to do was work harder than I did to get to the next level. So I worked on all parts of my game. I really didnít want to fall into a place where they said that I wasnít consistent or that I fell off. I just remembered trying to be as consistent as possible, trying to make sure that every year I tried to do the same or better. It was a tough feat, but I enjoyed competing every night and I think the guys I was going against helped me prepare. You had to be 100 percent on top of your game and if not, you were going to get embarrassed.
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