41 Facts About Penny Hardaway

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Penny Hardaway played college basketball at Memphis and 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association, where he was a four-time NBA All-Star and a two-time All-NBA First Team member.

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2.

Penny Hardaway is the son of Fae Penny Hardaway was born on 1951 and and Eddie Golden.

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3.

Penny Hardaway's nickname came as a result of his grandmother's calling him "Pretty" with a southern drawl, thus sounding like "Penny".

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4.

Penny Hardaway grew up in the Binghampton neighborhood of shotgun houses in Memphis, Tennessee.

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5.

Penny Hardaway grew up playing basketball in Memphis for Treadwell High School where he averaged 36.

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6.

Penny Hardaway's grades were so low that he was admitted to the University on a special exemption from University President Thomas G Carpenter.

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7.

Penny Hardaway took the ACT five times with a maximum score of 17.

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8.

Penny Hardaway was teammates with Chris Webber, Bobby Hurley, Jamal Mashburn, Rodney Rogers, Eric Montross, Grant Hill, and Allan Houston.

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9.

Penny Hardaway returned for his junior season and bettered his numbers from the previous season.

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10.

Penny Hardaway was a finalist for the Naismith College Player of the Year and the John R Wooden Award that are annually given the most outstanding player in college basketball.

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11.

Penny Hardaway returned to the University of Memphis in May 2003 and graduated with a bachelor's degree in professional studies, ten years after leaving school early to turn pro.

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12.

Penny Hardaway was selected by the Golden State Warriors in the first round of the 1993 NBA draft, but was traded along with three future first-round picks to the Orlando Magic for the rights to first overall pick Chris Webber.

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13.

Two days before the draft, Penny Hardaway participated in a pick-up basketball game with several Magic players and local talent and impressed the organization enough to make the draft day trade.

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14.

Penny Hardaway started out the season at the shooting guard position while he learned the point guard position from veteran Scott Skiles.

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15.

Penny Hardaway immediately made an impact on the league, winning the MVP award at the inaugural Schick Rookie Game.

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16.

Penny Hardaway helped the Magic to their first playoff berth and first 50-win season.

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17.

Penny Hardaway was named a starter in his first NBA All-Star game and was named All-NBA First Team.

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18.

Penny Hardaway was named a starter in the NBA All-Star Game for the second consecutive season while leading the Magic to a franchise record 60 wins.

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19.

Penny Hardaway was again the only player in the NBA who averaged at least 20 points and five assists and shot 50 percent on field goals during the regular season.

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20.

Penny Hardaway later admitted his first serious knee injury was a 1996 playoff game against Detroit when Joe Dumars hit him in the back of his knee but played through the pain.

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21.

Penny Hardaway then said he underwent surgery during the off-season and felt that the injury had robbed him of his explosiveness.

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22.

Penny Hardaway struggled through an injury-filled season but still managed to be named a starter for the third consecutive time in the NBA All-Star game.

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23.

Penny Hardaway then scored 42 points in game 3 and 41 in Game 4 to force a Game 5 in Miami .

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24.

Penny Hardaway scored 33 points in Game 5 but the Magic fell short.

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25.

Penny Hardaway finished the playoffs with averages of 31 points, 6 rebounds, 3.

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26.

Penny Hardaway played his last game a week after the All-Star game and missed the remainder of the season .

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27.

Penny Hardaway returned during the lockout-shortened 1999 season and managed to play in all 50 regular-season games to lead the Magic to a share of the best regular-season record in the Eastern Conference.

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28.

Penny Hardaway stepped up and recorded a 17-point, 13-assist, 12-rebound triple-double in a crucial Game 3 win.

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29.

Inconsistent play by young Joe Johnson allowed Penny Hardaway to get back into the starting lineup early in the season.

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30.

Penny Hardaway's steady veteran play was a key component to a team that had young stars such as Marbury, Amar'e Stoudemire, and Shawn Marion.

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31.

Penny Hardaway led the Knicks in scoring in two playoff games while averaging 16.

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32.

Penny Hardaway wore jersey number 7, marking the first time in his pro career that he didn't wear number 1.

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33.

In 2011, Penny Hardaway took over for his friend Desmond Merriweather as a coach for his middle school alma mater, Lester Middle School, while Merriweather was undergoing treatment for colon cancer.

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34.

Penny Hardaway was hired to replace former head coach Tubby Smith.

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35.

Penny Hardaway was featured in the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary series film This Magic Moment which focuses on the Orlando Magic teams led by him and Shaquille O'Neal in the mid-1990s.

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36.

Penny Hardaway owns a barbershop and beauty salon in downtown Memphis and a turf business based in Miami.

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37.

Penny Hardaway is known for his efforts to promote sports in Memphis.

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38.

Penny Hardaway provided funding to build the University of Memphis Sports Hall of Fame.

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39.

In 2011, Penny Hardaway announced plans for a permanent $20 million multi-sports facility named FastBreak Courts Sportsplex in Cordova.

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40.

In 2012, Penny Hardaway was announced to be part of an ownership group including Peyton Manning and Justin Timberlake that was to purchase a minority stake in the Memphis Grizzlies.

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41.

Penny Hardaway has a son Jayden who plays guard at the University of Memphis where Penny Hardaway is head coach.

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