Tag:Penny Hardaway
Posted on: December 20, 2010 6:06 pm

Gilbert Arenas will wear No.1 for Penny Hardaway

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.
Posted on: July 16, 2010 11:49 am
Edited on: July 16, 2010 12:56 pm

Penny Hardaway to Miami? What?

Posted by Royce Young

The Orlando Sentinel brings us some interesting news about a new possible Heat addition. Penny Hardaway, yes that Penny Hardaway , announced he's interested in trying out for a spot with the Miami Heat.

On an internet radio show called The Bottom Line Sports Show , Hardaway said this: "Mentally I was retired and physically I was retired. I was playing recreational ball,' Hardaway said. "But when the decision happened with Chris Bosh and LeBron, I felt like I could really be good in that system."

Hardaway last played in 2007, coincidentally with the Heat. He'll turn 39 July 18 (hey, Shaq is 38), which isn't ridiculously old, but he did battle a handful of knee injuries which is what eventually led to his retirement. However, he says he's in great shape.

"I can understand where Michael Jordan was coming from coming out of retirement a couple times, I can understand where Brett Favre is right now," Hardaway said on the show. "When you still have something in the tank it's really hard to let it go."

Hardaway said he sent text messages to Heat coach Erik Spoelstra and his former teammate Alonzo Mourning to express interest in trying for a non guaranteed, one-year minimal role shortly after The Decision aired.

Honestly, why not? The Heat still need to fill out a couple spots, Hardaway wouldn't require much money at all and all he needs to be is a warm body at practice and sit on the end of the bench. And who knows, maybe he can still play a little.

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