Friday, July 16, 2010

An Open Letter To Penny Hardaway

Penny Hardaway wants to come back with the Miami Heat. The latest old school player wanting to jump on the bandwagon. Let me just give Penny some advice. NOOOOOOO!!!!!!

You were one of my favorite players when I first got into basketball in 1994-95. You were going to revolutionize the point guard position as the 2nd coming of Magic (little did I know some rookie from Cal would do that named Jason Kidd). You were starting next to Michael Jordan in All-Star Games and holding your own while he pranked you.

It was supposed to be all good when you got traded to Phoenix to join Kidd. You still had moments of brilliance in 2000 but then microfracture surgery in 2001 put you on the downhill slide. And then you bounced around til the end.

You had Magic's vision and unselfishness with way more athleticism. A pass-first guard who could score and had quick hands on defense. You had one of the greatest shoes ever (the blue 96 Pennies) with one of the greatest mascots ever. We'll remember you for your play in the 90's, not the earthbound guy in the 00's.

But for the love of the game, just stay retired and be a proud NBA veteran of the glory days. I'll go out and by your jersey and find an old pair of Pennys on EBay, just stay retired and don't float it out anymore.

You're nearly 39, you could probably average 5 assists with the Heat just being out there. But we know microfracture surgery has never been kind to most players. Enjoy your legacy and let us fans remember you as the last tall point guard to make an impact.

Sincerely, Virgo Kent.

P.S. This is the Penny I want to remember. My favorite dunk ever when I was 10-11 is at #1 - "Hardaway ooooooooover Ewing!!!!"

1 comment:

  1. Amen. Penny, stay gone.
    2 highlights over the 90s Knicks. Impressive.