Run TMC reunited to call Warriors-Spurs game

SAN FRANCISCO — When Chris Mullin, Tim Hardaway and Mitch Richmond sat down in the Chase Center’s press conference room Monday night, it was immediately clear that their chemistry was just as intact as they had been during the two seasons they played together in the early years. 90s

“Our good looks made it pretty good,” Richmond joked about it, allowing the trio to click straight away. “When we came onto the pitch it was three guys who really loved to play … and that carried over onto the pitch. Me and Tim went shopping together but I stopped because he chose everything I chose. But yeah, it was just natural.”

They hope to have that instant chemistry again on Monday night, but this time in the studio and not on the court.

Mullin, Hardaway and Richmond served as play-by-play announcers and analysts on the coverage of their Golden State Warriors vs. San Antonio Spurs game. Tom Tolbert will be the sideline reporter.

The former teammates have been involved in the Warriors community since their retirement. Two months ago, they received their latest request from the team: broadcast the game on NBC Sports Bay Area.

Originally, the Warriors wanted to find a way to honor Tim Hardaway’s Hall of Fame induction, which reunited the trio indoors. They thought it would be fitting to have it on the evening where the team would be honoring Run TMC’s era with the jerseys. But then it grew into a full-blown show.

Mullin is no stranger to television. He serves as an analyst for NBC’s Warriors pre- and post-game shows. But this is new territory for Hardaway and Richmond.

“We’ll see what kind of skills we have together,” Hardaway said. “Chris is doing a great job but we’re going to bring flavor… and then we have Tom Tolbert. Oooh, wee. We don’t know what he’s going to say. He could say anything. He’s probably having a beer right now.”

Last week, the Run TMC broadcast team had a 45 minute production meeting via Zoom. The producer laid out how launching a game works and what they had to do to prepare.

Hardaway admits he was barely paying attention. But one thing the producer made very clear: what you can’t say on air.

They didn’t do much research on the team going into the game and planned to rely on their pre-existing knowledge of the team and the history of the organization to pull it off.

There are strong similarities between the Run TMC Warriors and today’s team.

“The way they move the ball kind of reminds us of how we played,” Richmond said. “We moved the ball, we cut, we passed. So it’s always good to see.”

The other parallel between their team and this one, and one that Mullin, Richmond and Hardaway were reluctant to learn, is that these are the only two Warriors teams to start 0-7 on the road (they started 0-7 in 1989). 9 -90, according to ESPN’s Statistics and Information Research.)

“What a way to bring us in,” Hardaway said. “We were still trying to learn stuff and learn from each other … I don’t know what to say about that.”

That’s when Mullin chimed in, noting that he sees the Warriors’ early fights as similar

“This is a unique situation because you’re talking about a dynasty and you’re trying [move] the dynasty beyond anything we’ve ever seen in the past,” said Mullin.

“It’s very early in the season and trying to bridge that gap and find the connection between unit one and unit two…the fact that it’s happening early in the season is a little over-analyzed. But we’ve been playing together for two years…they’ve been together for a decade, but there’s a lot to be expected for them to find out [how to bend new, young players] and play like that.” Run TMC reunited to call Warriors-Spurs game

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