April 19, 2012 BY John Kim
While Penny Hardaway has been continually praised as one of the most influential basketball players to the sneaker game, some might argue that he wasn’t the best Hardaway of the 90’s basketball era. That honor could go to Tim Hardaway, one of the masters of the crossover and originator of the UTEP two-step. Tim was one of the rare breeds of “high-scoring true point guard”, because he dished it out as easily as he poured it in, earning 1st-Team All-NBA honors while amassing impressive yearly totals that floated around 20 and 9 a game in his prime. While the Tim Hardaway line wasn’t nearly as celebrated as the Air Penny, Nike Basketball fans still give certain shoes like the Zoom T-Bug as much weight as Penny’s kicks, but today we’re looking at one of the rarer PEs from Nike’s stash – an Air Bakin’ with Timmy’s ’10’ embroidered on the heel pull-tabs and ‘MEE’ (a tribute to his grandmother) on the heels. In addition, these have the infamous ‘AIR’ logo on the tongue, which we resulted in Nike pulling the Bakin’ from the stores after the controversy over the stylized font. We’ve got a detailed look at this vintage gem below so take a look below and if you want to cop this collectible for under $200, peep the auction from comradess on eBay.