Sports media companies RTG Features and MSM, known for basketball documentaries such as The Last Dance, have recruited David Charles Rodrigues to direct a new feature documentary on the revolutionary 90’s Warriors. Known as “TMC” for their deadly trio of Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond, and Chris Mullins, the Warriors led the NBA in scoring in the 1989-90 season and paved the way for the modern NBA offense. Here is what to expect from the upcoming documentary on this epic trio.
TMCs success in their short three-year span together wouldn’t have been possible without head coach Don Nelson. Currently second all-time on the head coaching wins list, Nelson is a major part of why the NBA is played how it is today. When Don Nelson began coaching in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, there was an emphasis in the NBA to run the ball through a big-man.
In a stroke of genius, Nelson decided to implore a lineup of smaller players to attack mismatches on the fast break. It may seem trivial now, however, to entertain the idea of small-ball in the 1970’s was borderline insanity. Nelson went on to win three Coach of the Year awards, although he would never win a championship as a coach.
The leader and longest tenure to the Golden State Warriors during the Run TMC days was hall-of-fame forward Chris Mullins. Mullins is one of the most underrated players in NBA history, winning a gold medal with the 92’ Dream Team en route to an illustrious 16-year-career. Mullins was drafted in 1985, while Mitch Richmond was selected in ’88 and Tim Hardaway was added to the team in 1989. In Hardaway’s rookie year, the Warriors led the NBA in scoring, but missed the playoffs by a couple of games.
Although the Warriors didn’t find playoff success in 1989-90, they did win over their fanbase. In 1990-91, the Warriors would sell out every home game. The trio of TMC would score 20+ points each in 48 games, and lead the Warriors back to the playoffs. They would lose in the second round to the Lakers after upsetting David Robinson and the Spurs in the first round. The Warriors felt they were still a piece short and would trade Richmond early into the next season.