Tuesday, July 20th, 2010 at 10:45 am  |  57 responses

For Old Time’s Sake: Who was traded For CWebb on Draft Day?

That’s right… Penny Hardaway AKA Butch McRae. Imagine if he had stayed healthy, he would be finishing up his Hall of Fame career about now, maybe a few years ago. He had all the tools, a pretty good big man named Shaq, and one of the coolest brands ever. I’m still waiting for the Penny 1′s to come out again.

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  • JTaylor21

    yeah, the one and only penny. Dude did it all on the court with the smoothness of bud light. Thats who bron patterns his game after not mj as some buffons think.

  • Groves

    penny… your a player

  • bricksquad08

    someone wanna tell me what made penny such a legend? I’m only 17 and the only Penny i know is the injury-plagued version. I’ve seen him with some crafty, heady play, but was he an amazing dunker, scorer,or what?

  • larrylegend

    first sir, now penny, i think i get wet in my pants. that game vs. GS was great! too bad i only bought his first sig shoe back in the days…grrr.

  • Yann Blavec

    In the top ten they forgot the one where he punked MJ : he faked the lay-up , MJ goes to reject the lay-up, reverse pass to Horace Grant.

  • Jesse Dunns Ghost

    Kids dont know nothing about this guy, and Grant Hill..its a shame…

  • Jesse Dunns Ghost

    BTW is that tyra banks in the commercial?

  • Larsylad

    All over the world you can hear ‘em: zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • ciroqobama

    Dont sign him Miami!

  • vtrobot

    oh yeah. that’s tyra. what’s with the crazy string being shot at her? what’s that signifying? i’d like to “shoot crazy string” at higher learning-era tyra.

  • george w. buckets

    penny = t-mac

  • Martey

    Aww man Now you can’t tell me this wasn’t the man. Around the time he came out there were so many tall guards being compared to Magic Johnson (Walt Williams anyone?) that it had no credibility. But when Penny came out even Magic was accepting the comparisons. It would have been nice (maybe too nice) to see Webber with Shaq, but with Penny dishing him the ball, and Nick Anderson, Dennis Scott and Horace Grant completing the starting five the Magic were Finals bound and Penny had the whole NBA screaming MVP. Bricksquad, he was kinda like a skinny Lebron but more fundamentally sound (Lebron patterned his game after him) and his passing was crazy, although more so in the paint than in transition, oddly enough. Being 6’7 he could bully other guards or go toe to toe with the forwards. Too bad about the injuries. Guys like that shouldn’t be forgotten.

  • http://staticseth.blogspot.com Seth

    #1 play was good. I thought he was gonna dump it off to Shaq.

  • Overtime

    Dont worry Jesse Dunn, some of us do, and we love em. Lets get Hill up next.
    The slow mo on number one was niiiiceee

  • giogolo

    Penny,grant hill maybe to some extent steve franchise..and a little bit of vince-all great talents at the start of their career..all blown to injuries…SMH.

  • unrel

    can we get the fab 5 next?.. or the runnin’ rebels?.. greg anthony, stacy augmon, LJ..

  • http://slamonline.com Spaceship Jay

    @ bricksquad08; Imagine Kobe (body type wise) playing point guard and playing like Chris Paul… But can dunk on anyone.

  • unrel

    i loved penny’s game.. quick.. he could have gone down as a top 5 PG in history, i think..

  • giogolo

    does the video answer your question? didn’t u watched it first?

  • Jake

    Penny was all that and a box of chocolates.I remember watching him play against Shawn Kemp(when he was ferocious)Dale Ellis and Gary Payton.Penny was putting them through school over and over.Dude had sick handles,amazing jumping ability and a smooth jump shot.He’d probably have averaged a triple dip for at least 1 season if he stayed healthy.

  • Stillballin

    I like the Tyra now, than the Tyra then..

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I remember growing up in suburban Chicago and catching A LOT of heat for being a Penny fan after MJ retired (the first time). I couldn’t help it though, that Magic squad at the time was so dope. They had Nick Anderson, a local guy. Horace Grant, a former Bull, Dennis Scott raining threes, Shaq and then Penny. He was that dude at the time. I never stopped rooting for my Bulls, but the Magic at the time became my “other team on the side.”

  • LD

    Penny’s dunk “on” Ewing was the same as Farmar’s dunk “on” Garnett.

  • http://www.raptors.com LeeVan

    I’ll always remember the first 2 NBA jerseys that I ever owned(and still own):
    Penny Hardaway and Grant Hill!
    Penny was THE dude straight from the start of his career; passing, handles, ball IQ, MIDRANGE(!), and mind-blasting dunks!

  • Nas

    First of all whoever compiled those 10 plays is an idiot; the guy had a whole bag of plays better than this!
    @bricksquad; he was a 6-7 point guard with a great handle, great passing skills, mad range on a very fluid shot, great low post game, mad hops and he delivered in the clutch but his career was cut short by injuries; shaq was on his team and he was BETTER than shaq at that stage though they are both roughly same age

  • Jesse Dunns Ghost

    Penny on the old NBA Live Game was completely unstoppable too!!! I used to avg a triple double with that guy on the regular..lol…

  • george w. buckets

    it says the plays are during one season… im sure he had a lot more

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/Uncle05Sam Earl

    Doug Collins at #2!

  • http://donnellsuggs1@gmail.com donnell suggs-atlanta voice newspaper

    For four seasons penny was one of the league’s brightest stars. Great to see some highlights. That idea of coming back to play for Miami: ridiculous!

  • http://slamonline.com JL

    he was awesome. the lil penny with crutches was a straight foreshadowing of his future though!

  • WolfNast

    The 90s!!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com wayno

    Dude, Grant Hill has to be next…dude was sick before he got hurt. Best SF in the game at that time. He put together Lebronesque statlines man.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    He had bad luck… LOL at Chris Rock’s voice in the commercial

  • kh

    “that’s Tyra Banks fool” Lil’ Penny was amazing!

    ILL! One of my favourite players.

    This top ten didn’t quite do him justice.

  • roman

    penny….. your old!

  • http://www.springbored.net letsmotor

    whoever had the idea for these “for old time’s sake” videos needs to be promoted. now.

  • Purple & Gold

    Tracy McGrady is now the Penny Hardaway of this generation of NBA players. Both had great talent and at were one point considered “air apparents” for the NBA.Only to see their career cut short because of injuries. Although I’ll say Penny was a more complete basketball player and played defense unlike TMac.

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance

    A LD, it was the same in terms of not being body to body, but Ewing was standing there sizing him up. Not trailing the play like KG was.

    I can’t belive he’s almost 40 now.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Penny’s shootout with Reggie and Rik Smits was one of THE greatest games in NBA history. Should have been WAY higher on the Greatest 50 list, just pure magic (pardon the pun). Thanks for the great games, Penny!

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Thank YOU, Penny was a great player, but he has way more better plays than the bottom plays. I wish he never would have gotten injured, but him and shaq were awesome in Blue Chips.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ


  • jbizz

    there were three players in the nineties who were robbed of hall of fame careers due to injuries. larry {grandmama} johnson . hill and penny but i’d have to say penny was my favourite. back to back 40point games against riley’s heat in the playoffs after shaq left should say it all. dude could play period

  • http://twitter.com/HarryByrdMan44 LA Huey

    My All-Time favorite. He was supposed to be the successor to Magic, instead he became the precursor to T-Mac.

  • http://slamonline.com Krishan

    I remember that one playoff game with detroit matched up vs orlando, and penny was straight up destroying grant hill.

  • http://www.djpatlok.com pat lok

    I remember Penny as hybrid of an in-his-prime TMac combined with a in-his-prime Jason Kidd. More or less.

  • http://www.google.com gmZ

    Tyra Banks… mmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  • Str8in It Out

    dude, seriously. the word is buffoons. with two O’s. I didn’t mention it all the other times I’ve seen you misspell it but you’re starting to look like a real “buffon” for not spell checking that shyte.

  • Str8in It Out

    shoot, i almost forgot…that dunk on ewing…wow. I still remember that like it was yesterday. Penny was worth all the hype in his younger days. Too bad he fizzled out after his knees gave out.

  • http://twitter.com/darrellma dma

    @LeeVan my long lost brother! Grant Hill and Penny were my favorite players growing up. I had Hill’s Detroit jersey in Red and Penny’s pinstripe magic in black. Penny is still one of my fav players and i pray he doesn’t come back.

  • MikeC.

    I hope they do an LJ piece. We need a feature on Grandmama!

  • LD

    @ dfrance- You’re right. Ewing had every opportunity to block that dunk but took a side swipe at it.

  • stu

    9 foot ring.. just sayin.

  • MBE18

    Penny was a BEAST!

  • pennydunk_1

    No winner’s mentality, no killer instict, plus he shot himself on the foot by playing injured. Never really a force of nature like Bron or Wade. But a joy to watch nonetheless

  • http://big11mel@yahoo.com Big Mel

    And the 1 hater comes out and shows his tru colors

  • nickdquick1

    where is penny now????

  • ConeyIslander

    Penny Hardaway is the prototype for big point guards that played and moved like they were 5’10″.