Tuesday , Oct , 27 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Miami Heat to Retire Tim Hardaway’s #10 Jersey

No opponent did more to thwart point guard Tim Hardaway’s plans to help the Miami Heat raise a championship banner than the New York Knicks.

Ironic, then, that when Miami opens the season Wednesday against New York, Hardaway will finally see a new banner sway.

The Heat will retire Hardaway’s No. 10 jersey in a pregame ceremony, making him just the second player to receive that honor from the franchise. Alonzo Mourning’s No. 33 was hoisted last season by Miami, which also has paid tributes to the No. 23 Michael Jordan jersey and the No. 13 worn by Dan Marino.

"It’s going to be great," Hardaway said. "Words can’t describe how I feel. Two weeks ago, I wasn’t even thinking about it. But this week, I’ve been thinking about it every day, every night, like it’s opening night and I’m going to be playing basketball. I’m nervous, but I know it’s going to be a great night."