Shaq and Penny Hardaway Reunite | NBA on TNT Tuesday

published on July 17, 2020

Time to give them their roses and we're excited for this one penny hardaway in three seasons together Orlando penny and Shaq average 56 wins per season a four-time all-star three-time All NBA it is for our segment give them their roses where we have NBA players that we think

Need to get more love and the man the myth the legend is joining us now and for any Penny Hardaway I'm turning this one right over to Shaq we turned it over to Reddit earlier and we'll have those responses but Shaq give penny his roses

Give me a story and how much you love this guy well I can remember when I first got to Orlando guys would say Shaq you got to take over you got to take over he got to take over now well I was always a guy I didn't like to say much

But I went to LA to shoot a movie called blue chips as I told you guys earlier I don't pay attention to who was coming out or who's doing what that's not my style so I'm playing you know and they're like okay penny you play with

Shaq and like every time I put my hand up this guy's hitting me with perfect passes so finally I asked my boy Chicago I said yo who that who's that actor over there he said yo man that's painting Hardaway

I was like who who is that he's a young man he plays for Memphis and they say he gonna be the number three pick so you know you know the draft comes around Orlando gets the first pick so now I'm gonna remember everybody saying Shaq you

Got to exercise your power so I go in the office and say hey if y'all give me penny hardaway because I've just been playing with this guy shooting movies all summer me and him could be the new magic and Kareem of this era if y'all

Don't give me him when my deal is up I'm gonna talk about doing something else and they promised me they would they would so now I'm at the house I'm watching the draft they draft Chris Webber now I'm pissed

I break TVs I break furniture I'm mad I'm yelling the screaming I'm tell him to get my agent on the phone I don't want to be here blah blah blah blah and then after I calm down I see that they traded Chris Webb and we got penny and

It was very very special penny as a mixture of all the other guys that I play with at times he was like d-wave because he could just take over the game and I would have to tell him sometimes

Like penny you go ahead and go it with this you you know he's sort of like I know LeBron he's a great passer you know whatever I wanted the ball whenever I ran the floor he always got me the ball we never had problems and you know he

Had that killer instinct of Kobe and I hate to see his career cut short because of injury but if he didn't have injuries I think people with you know definitely hear his name name more because pity was the coldest young cat that I've seen

Ever since D Wade LeBron and Kobe and I'm not just saying that cuz he was there I played with him I've seen them and guess what he came in like this you know a lot of guys took a year or maybe two to develop but penny came in like

That and pinion was like oh boy and another guy that he reminded me of was Tracy McGrady too because he was long but he was thin but the way he went to the rack and the way he could just take over game so penny you know I love you

I'm a salute you it wouldn't be no Shaq if it wasn't for you and I appreciate you very much that's all so let's keep giving them roses Vince you were nodding your head a lot give me a story about penny well I'm a Florida boy so I grew

Up in Daytona Beach and obviously the magic were round and during that time he'll shag any dominating and I got the opportunity to play pick-up with those guys in high school good friends with Nick Anderson and Nick used to come

Watch me play and brought me out to play pickup and that's when I kind of got the opportunity to get a sneak peek of what the NBA was like at 16 or 17 years old and obviously just us being a fan you know me being a fan of the Lando metric

Growing up watching them play getting opportunity to play them and then get to the league and obviously playing against somebody you when I played in Memphis and the things he's done you penny which you've done in the city of Memphis it's

Just been amazing here you get hearing everybody like man you know just obviously knowing you but just hearing the the praises and what you've done for the youth and young kids in your you team and successive had obviously

Going on to Memphis and having a success and bringing in some of the talent I mean it just speaks to where they were and where they are now because of you the person you know obviously the recruiter you've done but your game

Speaks for itself but man you've done some great things and it's been a pleasure I was to getting to know you as a young high school kid as a NBA professional and after our career as well and you're hell of a golfer as well

Sure I mean penny is the Jordan called him kid Jordan I think the only shoe that he's worn that have not been Jordans were pennies in a basketball game I don't think we're here from penny that much we're just telling stories

Because we're giving the Roses deep here in the shoes this is the one penny what was it like to see Jordan oil your shoes sneakers and to see him with those the one was like it was crazy to see him before the game normal shoes you know

Adam around basketball you know the Bulls dynasty I'm from the Chicago area it was the old Orlando Magic that Chicago had their eyes on especially in 95 in the playoffs when Jordan was back and Horace Grant had left and went to

Orlando and Shaq completely dominated that series to go to the finals and Penny and horse absolutely dominated that series so honestly I'm gonna give you a rose roses but I have to say I was a little disappointed I was nine years

Old watching you absolutely destroy my team and we kind of called Michael had a good time with him just coming back and like I said shag dominated Horace at an unbelievable series and I just added rocket where I will put it fit in and

Those serious yeah we gotta give Nikki up any cuz he was locking up penny obviously obviously penny is an iconic figure in a game of basketball I mean little penny is I kind of figure in a game of

Basketball but for me I always try to go to personal stories and here's one for me so when I was coming out of high school penny I was academically ineligible this was year 2000 and I really didn't know what

To do I didn't know how much should go to junior college if I should go to college and sit out and what else to do so I was told to do a little research and my research let me lead me to a player that

Played in the same conference Conference USA that went to Memphis State eventually is now everyone knows is Memphis University that was academically ineligible his first year in college and to be able to kind of you know ten years

Later to look at the career you had in college to look at the at that time what you were doing in the NBA what you and Shaq was doing in the NBA they gave me the confidence that I was making the right decision you know taking you know

Going to college you know even though I didn't pass my AC T and I just want to tell you like through all the hardship that you've dealt with in your life do everything you dealt with just understand how important you are and how

Important these moments are for people that that looks up to you that looked up to you and I looked up to you because I've seen someone that was amazing at the sport that I wanted to play and that was going went through the

Same trials and tribulations I went doing life whether it was away from the game and what it was dealing with school so I thank you man for leading the way for you know giving me someone within the conference that I was playing in and

It's been going through the same thing and it showed me that you know what you can go through this and you can still come out of this and be an all-star and be one of the best I will play the game you know everybody know I'm a huge fan

Of everybody on this on this call you know shed it was unbelievable plan we can be made my life easy like he said he's the reason why I was in Orlando and man we were just dumbing it so you know days are the best days in my career

Definitely mixed like you said I'm gonna do since high school man I remember you having about contests in high school then they Orlando Rita that was one of my favorite moments at halftime coming under watching contest before everybody

Knew about all the duncan in whatever i can is you've been immersed in tennessee I mean come on man my mom I talk family look you you were just a baller still our baller so we definitely respect him anyway may come over what can I say

They're even played with you in Miami and just see your greatness you were coming off of injury was to see your work ethic man and see from being flash all the way up until you got older the way you'd be helping yourself handle the

Game and did everything man I was just amazed at how great you were when I had the little small moments at Miami I was telling people off might be waiters this is just unbelievable dude he's just off the floor and on the cordless things

That you miss the women and can't you so but everybody all need a man thank y'all so much I'm definitely you see everyone

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