Thursday, August 25th, 2011 at 4:31 pm  |  13 responses

Hardaway Play

Skyzoo imagines Penny Hardaway’s career—without knee problems.

by Skyzoo / @therealskyzoo

What up y’all, this is Skyzoo, checking back in for a long overdue post on my Chain Link Champions blog. First off, pardon the delay and lack of current entries. It’s been a hectic summer. Between dropping my new tape, “The Great Debater,” to video releases, to 106 & Park appearances, to shows around the country—I haven’t been able to sit and blog for a minute now. Plus, it’s the summer, so the League is at a halt until (hopefully) October. Smh. With that being said, I figured my newest project made perfect sense for the SLAMonline world, therefore ushering in my return to blogging.

When Kanye and Jay-Z dropped “Otis,” I, like everyone else, loved it out the gate. From the beat to the back-and-forth flow to the bar game, it was definitely a top-notch record. In particular though, the beat had me in a daze, dying to tag it. So, after searching YouTube for the instrumental, I DL’ed it and got to it immediately. After completing it, I knew it was something I wanted to spread around right away, and I came up with the idea of using it as the first in a series of freestyles that would represent where I’m at and where I’m headed. Through that, the “Penny Freestyle Series” was born. If you’ve read my previous blogs, you know that I’m a huge Penny Hardaway fan. He was the end all be all when I was a kid.

With this series, the Penny connection is, what would’ve happened if Penny’s knee didn’t cave on him? As we all know, he was a top-tier PG, branding superstar, marketing dream come true. The late ‘90s/early 2000s were his for the taking, and he did everything at the time to seize the moment. Then his knee caved. And after rehab, it caved again, and so on. The legend of Penny is what obviously was and what clearly was supposed to be. Magic Johnson of the new era, Nike poster child once Jordan retired, dethrone the Bulls’ amazing run, it was all set up to happen. And then nature kicked in.

The idea behind the series is, Penny in ‘94-95 was unstoppable (cue in my similarity. Lol. And seriously), and if his health didn’t hinder him, he would’ve been in the HOF, on video game covers, revered by everyone alive—the list goes on and on. So what happens when knees DON’T cave? The Penny Series is the first step in finding out. Enjoy…

The Penny Freestyle Series (The Complete Collection).

Until next time, see y’all at the Chain Links.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/realosophy realosophy

    Skyzoo, what up, this is the sickest idea for a mixtape ever, nice one bro!

  • LA Huey

    I hope this lives up the standards I have for my childhood idol.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Penny was the man. Dude used to drop 20, 7 and 7 in his sleep. I had the Air Pennys, the Penny Magic jersey, the Magic Starter jacket, all that stuff.
    And this despite being a die-hard Bulls fan! Kid was just too raw.
    And I realize an album with Torae is in the works, but I think a Skyzoo and Sean Price album would be waaaaaaay hotter than “Watch The Throne”.
    That would be dope as hell.


    Penny always reminded me of Pip. Very similar games. And Penny wasn’t half bad on D as well. Such a shame how his career went. But Penny gave us what he did, and im grateful 4 that. Except Sam Mitchell probably, and that nasty dunk Penny did on him in ’95. Haha!

  • rob stewart

    first jersey i ever bought was a penny

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    “When Kanye and Jay-Z dropped “Otis,” I, like everyone else, loved it out the gate.”
    Dude, are you joking? That song’s a mess. Two toungue-tied braggarts ruining one of the best voices in soul.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    ^ True.

  • pennydunk_1

    Pippen and Jordan could only contain him. Penny was a complete offensive force who utilised his powers without ruining his teams’ offense. I’ve never seen something like that ever since. He was already injured when he dropped 38 in game 1 vs da Bulls in 96. When he had back to back 40-point games vs Riley’s Heat in 97, his lift and speed were already deteriorated. He was limping in 2000 playoffs, but he didn’t miss a step against young KB8. Then, Marbury came…

    I seriously believe that, had Shaq shot 65% from the freethrow line and had the nerve to stay in the East and face Mike, history would be different.

  • allen3

    Put MJ and Magic in a mixer and you’ll get Penny Too bad somebody put Danny manning knees in the mix
    still believe that marbury killed the remaining of his career 1st in Phoenix and after in NY
    but even if it’s only for his 97 playoffs series against the heat I think he had a superb career

  • pennydunk_1

    @allen3 Danny Manning knees :D Thing is, he’s a pretty active member of the Memphis’ society. Still humble, although a living legend there. Check the speech about his coach in college


    Yeah. Besides the Otis Redding sample, song’s wack.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/MichaelJR_NZ Michael NZ

    Always the man.

  • horsey

    being on video game covers usually ends up with injuries anyway so it’s probably best that he avoided it…