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Anfernee ‘Penny’ Hardaway: A Dead Ball Icon

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This post is not related to any current sporting event, but sometimes it’s nice to celebrate the past.

“One is Fredo, who was never ready for me to hand it over to him. One is Sonny, who will do whatever it takes to be the man. And one is Michael, who, if you watch the trilogy, the Godfather hands it over to Michael. So I have no problem handing it over to Dwyane.”

Back in 2005, in one of the most compelling quotes in the history of the NBA, Shaquille O ‘Neal wrote the final stanza in the tragic arc of Anfernee Hardaway’s career. At one point the most popular player in the NBA, bestowed with a grace hard to fathom, now relegated to the role of bumbling and incompetant brother. Shot in a boat, forgotten. Shaq’s analogy works for Kobe’s furious quest for power and Wade’s cool-headed efficiency, but was Anfernee really not ready to claim the glory that his talents so desperatly warrented?

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Anfernee 'Penny' Hardaway: A Dead Ball Icon

penny2

This post is not related to any current sporting event, but sometimes it’s nice to celebrate the past.

“One is Fredo, who was never ready for me to hand it over to him. One is Sonny, who will do whatever it takes to be the man. And one is Michael, who, if you watch the trilogy, the Godfather hands it over to Michael. So I have no problem handing it over to Dwyane.”

Back in 2005, in one of the most compelling quotes in the history of the NBA, Shaquille O ‘Neal wrote the final stanza in the tragic arc of Anfernee Hardaway’s career. At one point the most popular player in the NBA, bestowed with a grace hard to fathom, now relegated to the role of bumbling and incompetant brother. Shot in a boat, forgotten. Shaq’s analogy works for Kobe’s furious quest for power and Wade’s cool-headed efficiency, but was Anfernee really not ready to claim the glory that his talents so desperatly warrented?

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Filed under Dead Ball Icons, NBA