Final Hardwood Classics Mondays Honors Run-TMC
Baron Davis and the resurgent Warriors have made the Arena in Oakland the place to be in recent weeks. And the Arena will be alive again on Monday for the final installment of Hardwood Classics Mondays, presented by Verizon Wireless.
The renewed Warriors, quickly becoming the talk of the NBA, will honor the original high-scoring "Run TMC" teams of the early 1990s, which featured Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond and current vice president of basketball operations Chris Mullin. Those Warriors made high-octane, up-and-down basketball their trademark. And so have this year's Warriors.
HWC Mondays have grown more and more popular over the course of the season, providing a touch of nostalgia to the sporting evening. The Warriors, bolstered by the acquisition of Davis, have caught the attention of hard-core hoops junkies and casual observers alike, as the growing crowds at the Arena will attest. But it's not too late to be part of the excitement.
The Hardwood Classics retro gear has been a big hit with the fans. (photo: Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty)
The first 5,000 to arrive at the Arena will have a chance to win one of 50 authentic Mitchell and Ness HWC throwback jerseys of either Hardaway, Richmond or Mullin. Back in 1990-91, that threesome was the highest-scoring trio in the league.
The 2004-05 Warriors, featuring an array of young and improving talent, know a little about scoring, too. They recently outran the Phoenix Suns 127-119 in front of more than 20,000 fans at the Arena, which pushed their winning streak to eight games. Davis won back-to-back NBA Player of the Week honors for his play during that stretch.
For the final time this season, the Warriors will don their throwback uniforms from the 1966-67 season, those classic tops featuring "The City" logo with the stylin' Cable Car design on back. These retro jerseys are a must-have for the hoops fan in your family. The Lakers will be wearing their throwback uniforms from the Minneapolis era.
Monday's game begins at 7:30 p.m., but in order to have an opportunity to land one of these coveted jerseys - valued at $250 - you'll have to get to the Arena early. The Lakers and Bryant are always a popular draw in the Bay Area andMonday will be no different. One of San Francisco's hottest bands, Pride and Joy, a HWC Mondays staple, will provide the night's musical entertainment.
Past HWC Mondays have honored Alvin Attles, Nate Thurmond, Wilt Chamberlain, Rick Barry and the 1974-75 Championship team.