Monday, November 22nd, 2010 at 10:30 am  |  30 responses

Penny Hardaway Still Wants to Play in the NBA

Hardaway just won’t let the dream die. He tells the Boston Globe that he can still contribute to a team in the League: “He believes he has enough skills left to come off the bench for spurts and enough experience to serve as a leader. ‘It’s not about money,’ he said. ‘I saved my money, have all the money that I want. God has blessed me with that. It’s really just the love of the game’ … After a short stint with the Heat in 2006, Hardaway has waited for a call from an NBA team. He is relegated to sitting courtside at Grizzlies games, longing for an opportunity to be an old man on a championship-caliber roster, but knowing it’s highly unlikely. ‘I still love the game and I feel like I deserve that chance, but at 39, everybody’s looking at the age,’ he said. ‘They’re not looking at it as if I can still play. I don’t have a lot of miles on my body because my knee was hurt for so long. But I feel like I can play a minimal role on anybody’s team and help out. Role players now are playing 10-12 minutes a night. That’s simple, man. My knowledge, my playmaking ability, I can still knock down an open shot. I watch the game and still see things out there I can do to help teams, but who knows if that will ever happen? I doubt it, but I’ll be ready if the situation did occur.’ Hardaway plays in local leagues to stay in shape and still looks close to his playing weight. But aging point guards aren’t in demand in the NBA, especially with this generation of speedsters such as Rajon Rondo and Derrick Rose.”

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  • The Philosopher

    “Let it go dog, it’s over.”
    (Slim Shady)

  • All Day

    Penny threw his name in the hat this past summer, remember…he talked about wanting to play for Miami. Dude, no one called you then and no one will call you now. Penny, you may have knowledge of the game, but there’s no way you can keep up with the PGs in the league today…they’re too fast. Let it go, man…you’re starting to look and sound desperate!

  • tp

    I want to play in the NBA too! But, like Penny, I’m not talented enough to do that.

  • Clos188

    Who says he has to be a point? He can play 2 or 3

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    if Juwan Howard, Theo Ratliff, etc. etc. are still pushin why not Anfernee??

  • Stepfan

    Still my favorite player of all time but it over bruh….your done.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    How cool would it be to see the Magic sign him for just one year? And maybe, if eveything breaks exactly right, Penny gets a ring with Orlando.

  • unrel

    imagine if these were AI’s quotes..

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Cosign Caboose.. That would be pretty cool.. Dont think it will happen though.. Penny,Jay Williams,Jon Bender, and Master P oughta form they’re own team..

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    ^ add Antoine Walker to that roster.

  • Samacuse

    The Nickel…seriously? If you still have the jones for it, get a coaching/consulting job. You were a wash at Memphis, dude…

  • Jeff H

    These old has beens never get the point. No matter how good you think you are no team wants you. They always want to go to the best teams as well. You want back in the league Penny go play on the clippers.

  • frank

    if they start making more of those shoes, im all for it

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Why wouldn’t the Heat sign him? Hardaway can distribute and shoot better then Carlos Arroyo, and his length on Defense allows you to hide him on a spot up shooter. Its not much different then having Tracy McGrady. (Who is obviously willing to play with anyone unlike Penny).

  • http://www.slamonline.com Clyde

    I miss Penny, would be fun to see lol

  • ALEX80

    Yeah, sure, why not???? …. let’s fu¢%ing do it.
    Good luck Penny, go to Orlando.

  • Tommy Patron

    Old big men can get by. Old small players are defensively inadequate.

  • flipnoyce

    Why don’t you try a coaching job instead Penny. If you love the game so much! you’re still one of my favorite but to see you get serve and embarrass on a nightly basis would only make me change my mind on how you used to play the game.

  • AI TO MIAMI!!!


  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    “These old has beens never get the point.”
    I’ll just trot out this cliche to remind you of your place in life, Jeff H: better to be a has been than a never was.


    Not even China is eyeing Penny. smh

  • Laza


    Your an idiot, penny is an awesome player, and he can be a good contributor to any team

  • http://www.yamahyouth.com Germs

    I predict a “The Revenge OF Penny Hardaway” SLAM cover. Complete with toothpick!

  • Justin

    If it will bring back the Lil Penny commercials I’m all for it

  • Ryan

    I would love to see him sign with Memphis or San Antonio and win one. Penny was a favorite since way back before Slam was big, maybe even before Slam was around.

  • http://www.facebook.com/albneezy.paquiao Albneezy Paquiao

    Penny nba tv is hiring

  • http://www.facebook.com/jay.brodes Jay Brodes

    you make a ton of money from the swoosh. i thought he was an asst with the wizards this year. i loved him on nbatv last year! he should go to the booth. i think he would be great to be honest! this is not a diss. i think he would be a great analyst!

  • Yoshwa

    Penny used to be amazing and he’s right, he could still serve as an asset in the right circumstances. He’d have to be willing to play for one of the weaker teams though.

  • MasterSplinter

    Iverson is somewhere telling his boys “If Penny gets a shot ima freak the F out.”

  • just real

    He thinks he can contribute in a lesser role , i think he probably know s better than all of you what level he is at right now. What i don’t like i all of you who have not played professional sports maybe not college disrespecting the man . AS for being shown up every night there are young men just from college getting splashed every night