Orlando Magic: What If Shaq and a Healthy Penny Hardaway Had Stayed Together?

March 5th, 2011 by Mike B. Leave a reply »
Shaquille O'Neal has teamed up with a good number of Hall of Famers or possible future Hall of Famers throughout his NBA career.

He played with Kobe Bryant, Karl Malone and Gary Payton in Los Angeles, Dwyane Wade and Alonzo Mourning in Miami and Steve Nash and Amar'e Stoudemire in Phoenix.

Then there was LeBron James in Cleveland and now Boston's "Big Four" of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo.

Another player you could have added to the list is a guy by the name of Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway, O'Neal's teammate during his days with the Orlando Magic. If you followed the NBA in the 1990s, then this man doesn't need any introduction.

Everybody knew Penny back then.

He had his own Nike kicks, a puppet named "Lil' Penny" and was one of the league's most exciting stars. Tons of fans across the country sported his pinstriped No. 1 Orlando jersey.

Because of his height (6'7"), which is tall for a point guard, Hardaway drew comparisons to the greatest point guard in NBA history, Lakers legend Magic Johnson. He wasn't on Magic's level and never would've been if he had stayed injury-free, but he was cer ...

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