Hall of Famer Michael Jordan Publicly Praised Penny Hardaway’s Fearlessness

December 10th, 2009 by Andre Johnson Leave a reply »

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Anfernee Hardaway sat straight up in his chair above the court at University of Memphis’ Elma Roane Fieldhouse during his recent basketball event, gazed into the rafters, and flashed the same signature grin that earned him the nickname, “Penny,” by his grandmother when he was a child.

The former Memphis consensus All-American guard appeared blissful that his event deemed the Penny Hardaway Basketball Classic had turned out to be a success, given the large crowds that attended the three-day affair to help support the local Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.

He was, in fact, ecstatic that his alma mater was courteous in allowing him to put on display an honorable event comprised of over 30 of the best high schools teams throughout the Mid-South.

But while the 38-year-old Hardaway expressed how much he wants his charitable event to continue “long after I’m gone,” it seemed that wasn’t the obvious reason for his constant smirk.

Hardaway was brought to smiles when asked to reflect on his mostly-prosperous NBA career that included stops in Orlando, ...

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