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Penny Hardaway Nike commercial: Lil penny friends with KG

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Published on Aug 22, 2007

Hardaway's popularity reached its peak in the summer of 1996 as he was coming off two consecutive All-NBA first team selections and a selection to the USA Olympic Team. In addition he had the most popular basketball shoe on the market complete with the "Lil Penny" commercial campaign voiced by Chris Rock. On a 1996 telecast of NBA on NBC Michael Jordan said that Hardaway was the player he felt comfortable passing the torch of greatness down to.

Many NBA players such as LeBron James, Gilbert Arenas, Kobe Bryant, Joe Johnson, Tracy McGrady, Hakim Warrick, Rawle Marshall, Trevor Ariza, and Antonio Burks have said that they idolized Hardaway when they were growing up.

Many of the shoes in Hardaway's signature shoe line, "Air Max Penny", have been reissued over the years as a testament to his former popularity. The Nike Air Max Penny Series included Penny I--Penny IV.

Despite being compared to players such as Michael Jordan, Oscar Robertson, and Magic Johnson,LeBron James compared himself to a young Penny Hardaway. He stated, "Penny sees the whole floor and can score," LeBron James said. "He's still one of my favorite players of all-time."


"Its good to see Penny back in the league because people who are not aware, this was Wade, this was Lebron, this was Kobe, an absolute superstar, the closest to Magic, a guy his size able to handle the basketball and make plays" - Mark Jackson

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DuckTalesWooHoo1987
I had these and was the only kid in school that did. My buddy was SO jealous! LOL. He had the Jason Kidd's which were still pretty sweet but man these were the coolest ever with the exception of the Jordan's. This was the greatest era in NBA history and it's not even close.
SParkApCider
those were some funny commercials
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walterreally
It's hard to believe how bad injury got the better of hardaway. For many years, penny was seen as the heir apparent to MJ himself. MJ himself liked penny a lot and played pranks on him. Esp. the one during the all-star game. He was the player who players like kobe, t-mac, lebron modelled themselves after. And it's because of him that Shaq came to prominence. Sadly Shaq doesn't give a rat's ass about Penny now.
Kodie Wade
ripppking penny is one of the greatest
B K
If it wasn't for injuries him, McGrady, and Grant Hill all could have been top 20 all-time.
Richie Lyons
Now Penny!! Penny!! Penny!! lmaoo
Joshua Bonéy
I would love to see a commercial or video, not picky, of Lil' Penny vs Thirst in a game of 1-1
armst012
Can you do that for a bretha!!!
Andrea cisneros
Andrea Cisneros mike Arnold
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