Player/athlete: Tim Hardaway
Year: 1998

Back when I worked at SLAM, I used to see Tim Hardaway every time he played at MSG. And every time, the ritual was the same: I'd hand him the newest issue, and he'd flip straight to the sneaker section in the back. As befitting a Chi-town native, Timmy was into kicks. So when he finally was rewarded with a signature shoe, the Zoom T-Bug Flight (which was something of a Zoom Flight 98 takedown), it had to be a crowning achievement. And when we ran it in the mag, he knew about it.