Penny Hardaway, Shaquille O’Neal, and Why Lil’ Penny Is Better For Miami

July 16th, 2010 by Hadarii Jones Leave a reply »
Reports surfaced today that former Miami Heat point guard Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway was interested in coming out of retirement to rejoin the team for the 2011 season.

Hardaway was enticed by the thought of playing with Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh.  Despite being 39 years of age, he still feels he can contribute to the Heat's championship goal.

Miami is also said to be considering former Heat star Shaquille O'Neal, who is 38. 

If both players do sign, Miami will have a geriatric edge to go with the rest of their considerable talent.

Hardaway was once considered one of the best point guard prospects to enter the NBA since Magic Johnson, but a succession of knee injuries robbed him of the quickness and explosiveness that helped make him special.  His best professional season was probably 1994-1995 when Hardaway, on an Orlando Magic team featuring O'Neal, was swept by the Houston Rockets in the NBA Finals.

Hardaway went on to have many more solid NBA seasons, but he was never the same player after his injuries.  Although his 15.2 points per game, 4.5 rebounds, and 5 assist career numbers ...

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