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How Mitch Richmond will help a former teammate receive a distinguished honor

Mitch Richmond, Chris Mullin and Tim Hardaway were in Oakland on March 19, 2012, for Mullin's jersey retirement. The three played for the Golden State Warriors for three seasons and were known as "Run TMC" before Richmond was traded to the Kings in 1991.
Mitch Richmond, Chris Mullin and Tim Hardaway were in Oakland on March 19, 2012, for Mullin's jersey retirement. The three played for the Golden State Warriors for three seasons and were known as "Run TMC" before Richmond was traded to the Kings in 1991. Associated Press file

Before becoming one of the most beloved players in Sacramento, Mitch Richmond was part of an exciting NBA trio.

Richmond, Chris Mullin and Tim Hardaway were known as "Run TMC" when they played together for the Golden State Warriors from 1988-91.

The three athletes were honored by fans Sunday in Oakland during Game 3 of the Western Conference finals as the Warriors hosted the Houston Rockets.

On Monday, Richmond will help Hardaway receive an even bigger ovation. He's introducing his former Warriors teammate who will be inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame. Richmond and Mullin are already enshrined.

Also being inducted are John McVay, who served in the front office for the 49ers during all of their Super Bowl victories, former 49ers offensive lineman Harris Barton, retired Giants pitcher Matt Cain and former soccer star Brandi Chastain.

Richmond made six All-Star teams with the Kings, but he still wonders what could have been if the trio stayed together.

“I don’t think there is a week that goes by I don’t think about that because I was the one shipped out,” Richmond told The Mercury News. “It was hard because I thought I was going to be here forever.”

He was traded to Sacramento during the 1991 offseason for Billy Owens, the Kings' No. 3 overall pick in that year's draft. Richmond averaged 23.3 points and 4.1 assists while shooting 45.3 percent in seven seasons with the Kings before being dealt to the Washington Wizards for Chris Webber.

The Kings retired Richmond's No. 2 jersey in 2003 and he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2014.

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