With the Golden State Warriors looking to repeat as NBA Champs for the 2015-2016 season, we’ve been reminiscing about some of the trials and tribulations the franchise has gone through over the years. If you were ever a fan of the Dubs, you probably recall more of the struggles than anything. However, there is no doubt that one of the most exciting times for Warriors basketball came in the late 80s and early 90s with the trio of Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin.
Chris Mullin was drafted by the Warriors in 1985 with the 7th overall pick. Mitch Richmond was chosen in 1988 with the 5th overall pick. While Tim Hardaway was taken in 1989 with the 14th overall pick. After one season, it was clear that the trio was going to change the way people felt about the Warriors. Initially, Hardaway and Richmond rocked with adidas before eventually joining Mullin on the Nike roster and when the 1990 season began, it obvious these three were the real deal.
Opening night of the 1990-1991 season, Mullin scored 38, Hardaway scored 32 and Richmond had 29, compiling 99 of the Warriors 162 points. The Dubs defeated the Denver Nuggets 162-158, the most points ever scored by two teams in a regulation game. It was clear the trio needed a nickname.
After a contest by the San Francisco Examiner, midway through the season the trio became known as “Run TMC.” The name was inspired by the legendary hip hop group Run DMC, while using the first name of each player for the TMC portion. Run TMC would only remain together for another year before Richmond was traded to the Sacramento Kings but the excitement of these two seasons are cemented in the record books and the memories of fans thanks to countless pieces of memorabilia created over the years.
Need to reminisce some more? Check out the Run TMC Warriors gear on eBay.
Nick Engvall is a sneaker enthusiast with nearly 15 years of experience in the footwear business. He has written for publications such as Complex, Sole Collector and Sneaker News. Helped companies like Eastbay, Finish Line, Foot Locker, and StockX better connect with their consumers. He’s an avid San Francisco Giants fan, Allen Iverson fan, and owns way too many sneakers for his own good.