Tucker’s jersey now hangs from the rafters

One of Trent TuckerâÄôs best-known NBA moments came when most readers of this newspaper were too young to remember. On Jan. 25, 1990, Tucker, then a member of the New York Knicks, launched a three-pointer after an inbound with 0.1 seconds left that found the nylon and gave the Knicks an improbable victory. In the wake of that play, the NBA created a rule stating that no regular shot can be taken from an inbound with less than three tenths of a second left on the clock. ItâÄôs since been dubbed the âÄúTrent Tucker rule.âÄù Few âÄì if any âÄì men can say they have an NBA rule named after them. Another select group: those who can say they have their jersey retired by the Minnesota Golden Gophers. After Tuesday nightâÄôs halftime ceremony, Tucker can say both. Tucker became just the fifth player in Minnesota history to have his jersey retired, joining Lou Hudson, Jim Brewer, Mychal Thompson and Kevin McHale in the rafters of Williams Arena. In his four seasons with the Gophers (1978-82), Tucker amassed 1,445 points (8th all-time in school history), 631 field goals (6th all-time) and 164 steals (3rd all-time). âÄúTrent is as fine a pure shooter as has played on this court,âÄù Jim Dutcher, MinnesotaâÄôs head coach during TuckerâÄôs collegiate career, said at halftime. His pure stroke earned him All-American honors in 1982 and helped him lead the Gophers to the Big Ten championship the same year. Did memories of MinnesotaâÄôs title-clinching four-game win streak come rushing back when Tucker stepped on the floor again Tuesday night? âÄúThose memories never leave,âÄù Tucker said after describing the teamâÄôs remarkable late-season run that included a 57-55 triple-overtime win at Iowa, which was leading the conference when the Gophers visited. âÄúTheyâÄôre always there. It seems like it was yesterday.âÄù After the âÄô82 season, Tucker was drafted 6th overall by New York. He played nine seasons with the Knicks, a year with the San Antonio Spurs, and his 11th and final season with the Chicago Bulls in âÄô93, where he won an NBA Championship alongside Michael Jordan. For those keeping score, thatâÄôs an All-American selection and a Big Ten and NBA championship. Where does having his jersey retired rank on TuckerâÄôs list of basketball accomplishments? âÄúItâÄôs right at the top,âÄù Tucker said. âÄúItâÄôs kind of hard to separate from [other accomplishments], but itâÄôs right up there. This is a special honor.âÄù