During an interview with Bovada Sports with Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson of Bally Sports, the six-time All-Star was asked to name his five favorite players from the NBA era, apart of course from Chicago Bulls Hall of Famer Michael Jordan.
The 6’5 Richmond, who played from 1988 to 2002, named five of his Hall of Famers teammates: junior forward Clyde Drexler, powerhouse forward Charles Barkley, center Patrick Ewing and Hakeem Olagoon, and shooter Reggie Miller. Hill, point guard Benny Hardaway, powerhouse forward Chris Webber, and microwave bench top scorer Ricky Pierce like other favorite contemporaries. Unfortunately, the Lakers in the 1990s didn’t make the cut. days, while earning a front row seat to once great teammates Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant at the end of his career.
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Robinson also asked Richmond about the “Run TMC” era with the Golden State Warriors during his first three seasons in the NBA. Decades before Stephen Curry, Clay Thompson, and Draymond Green began collecting episodes, the Dobbs became famous through various Hall of Fame “Big Three” (in order of appearance): point guard Tim Hardaway (“T” in “Run TMC”), Richmond (“M”), and junior striker Chris Mullen.
“30 years ago, we [were] Play this method [that] Golden State [plays now], Motion Style – Everyone reads each other, chops, a lot of animated basketball,” Richmond noted. We’ve been playing this style for 30 years with Don Nelson. Back then, everyone was staying and you couldn’t win with that style.”
Richmond reached his all-star peak after being traded to the Sacramento Kings prior to the 1991-92 NBA season. He also fit for the Washington Wizards near the end of his career, before signing with the 2001-02 Los Angeles Lakers to win a title in a reduced role. During Richmond’s 36-year-old season in Los Angeles, O’Neal and Bryant led Los Angeles to their third consecutive championship. Richmond appeared in 64 competitions mostly as a reserve (he started two games), averaging just 11.1 minutes per night.
Regarded as one of the best shooters in the league, Richmond has a career slash of .455/.388/850. Across 976 career contests, the Kansas State producer averaged 21.0 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.2 steals per night.