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Gilbert Arenas will wear No.1 for Penny Hardaway

Posted on: December 20, 2010 6:06 pm
 
Gilbert Arenas elects to wear No.1 jersey in honor of Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway. There are some similarities there.
Posted by Matt Moore

Gilbert Arenas has decided to wear No. 1 in Orlando and will debut his new jersey tonight against the Atlanta Hawks. The reason this is notable? Arenas says it's in honor of Penny Hardaway.

Hardaway, arguably the second biggest star in Magic history behind Shaquille O'Neal, played six season for Orlando. He was not only a basketball phenom in his early years, but a cultural one as well, starring in the infamous "Lil' Penny" commercials. A reminder:



Ah, the nineties. When men were Arsenio Hall and women were Annie Lennox. Also, it's hard to believe now that KG and the wee Penny would be friends unless Lil' Penny was screaming obsenities every forty seconds and carving off his own fingers to get psyched up.

Arenas has always wanted to be with the Magic. He actually wanted the Magic to draft him. As he told Magic.com in an introductory interview Monday:


QUESTION: I remember talking with you at the pre-draft camp in 2001 and you really wanted the Magic to draft you, right?

GILBERT ARENAS: "It was because I was a Penny Hardaway fan. It was funny when I played in Los Angeles all of my friends would say, `I hope you get traded to Orlando, your favorite team or some other team. It was funny because as soon as I got traded I thought, ``You’re there! Now pick No. 1. Yeah, that’s No. 1 is what I’m going to wear for Penny Hardaway."
via MAGIC: Denton Chats With Arenas .

So Gil's pretty excited to be with the Magic, and it all gets back to a player who had a sterling eraly career, then suffered injuries and was never the same.

The irony, it is dripping off the keyboard and into my lap.
Comments

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: December 21, 2010 5:11 pm
 

Gilbert Arenas will wear No.1 for Penny Hardaway

Gilbert Arenas went to John Muir High School in Pasadena, CA.



Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: December 21, 2010 5:06 pm
 

Gilbert Arenas will wear No.1 for Penny Hardaway

And that's not all.  Gilbert and Penny are going to be roomies ala Oprah and Gale.  From now on they will be referred to as Hardazz.



Since: Dec 17, 2010
Posted on: December 21, 2010 4:15 pm
 

Gilbert Arenas will wear No.1 for Penny Hardaway

LOL thats the dumbest thing i've ever heard. White, black, chinese, spanish. Whats your point?



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: December 21, 2010 3:38 pm
 

Gilbert Arenas will wear No.1 for Penny Hardaway

SharonsSailor: If Arenas was white, we wouldn't be having this discussion.

Huh?  WTF are you talking about?  UndecidedYell



Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: December 21, 2010 1:37 pm
 

Gilbert Arenas will wear No.1 for Penny Hardaway

??? What has race got to do with this? If you are educated, I wouldn't be commenting on your stupid post.



Since: Aug 13, 2009
Posted on: December 20, 2010 9:19 pm
 

Gilbert Arenas will wear No.1 for Penny Hardaway

he went to high school in burbank



Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: December 20, 2010 8:29 pm
 

Gilbert Arenas will wear No.1 for Penny Hardaway

If my fav player wore a certain number.....I would pick a different one just because you would rather have his legacy remembered as his number. Which is 1 in this case. Arenas should have stuck with 0.


SharonsSailor
Since: Mar 5, 2010
Posted on: December 20, 2010 7:26 pm
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Since: Nov 25, 2009
Posted on: December 20, 2010 7:05 pm
 

Gilbert Arenas will wear No.1 for Penny Hardaway

High school maybe?  CBS lists him as a LA native.



Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: December 20, 2010 6:43 pm
 

Gilbert Arenas will wear No.1 for Penny Hardaway

When did agent one ever play in Los Angeles?


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