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Posted on Thu, Mar 10, 2011 : 6:06 p.m.

Tim Hardaway Sr. will be on the mic for his son's Michigan basketball game

By Michael Rothstein

INDIANAPOLIS — When Michigan freshman Tim Hardaway Jr. steps on the Conseco Fieldhouse court, there will be one person on press row having a harder time being unbiased than anyone else.

His father.

Tim Hardaway Sr. is in Indianapolis for the Big Ten tournament and is scheduled to call Friday’s quarterfinal between Michigan and Illinois (2:30 p.m., ESPN) for Compass Media — the first time he has broadcast a game his son is playing in.

“I don’t know what to expect, don’t know,” Hardaway Sr. said Thursday between Big Ten tournament games. “Hopefully I just do my job and won’t be a dad hooting and hollering on the radio, anything like that.

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“I just want to do my job and do it fairly and discreetly.”

The Hardaways aren’t the first Michigan father-son duo to find themselves in this situation. Former Michigan quarterback Brian Griese had his father, Bob, calling his games for ABC, including the 1998 Rose Bowl.

“I’m going to try to keep myself low-key and not screaming, just really calling the game professionally like I’m supposed to and not being biased,” Hardaway Sr. said. “Just going out there and doing my job.

“It’s going to be tough. I’m not going to say it’s not going to be tough, not going to say it’s not going to be hard. But I have to do that.”

Michael Rothstein covers Michigan basketball for He can be reached at (734) 623-2558, by e-mail at or follow along on Twitter @mikerothstein.



Fri, Mar 11, 2011 : 12:39 p.m.

That would be interesting to hear how well Tim Sr. does in keeping his voice inflections smooth, unbiased and objective in a fast paced game like basketball. Bob Griese caled his son "Griese" during the Rose Bowl. I wonder if Tim Hardaway will call his son "Hardaway" in the broadcast. If he turns into Dick Vitale when his son dunks, then we'll know! Have fun dad!


Fri, Mar 11, 2011 : 1:19 p.m.

I think we all turn into Dick Vitale when his son dunks.