Monday, October 28th, 2013 at 11:35 am  |  13 responses

Orlando Magic to Honor Shaquille O’Neal and Penny Hardaway

This being the Orlando Magic’s 25th anniversary as an NBA team, the franchise is reaching out to some of its greatest players. Per the Orlando Sentinel: “No player – well, maybe Dwight Howard – elicits a more emotional response from the Magic’s fan base than O’Neal. The franchise also realizes that Shaq – the club’s first-round pick in 1992 – led the Magic to their first NBA Finals appearance in 1995. The Magic will tip off their ‘Legends Night’ program before their home-opener Nov. 1 against New Orleans when they honor former star Tracy McGrady. The Magic are embracing their past as well as their future, planning to invite other former stars to town, such as Penny Hardaway. They also will acknowledge active alumni who play or coach now for other teams. In the opening month of November, for example, New Orleans coach Monty Williams, a former Magic forward, and power forward Ryan Anderson, face the Magic in the home-opener. On Nov. 6, L.A. Clippers coach Doc Rivers, former Magic coach, and shooting guard J.J. Redick, come to town to take on their former team. The Magic are currently in the midst of conducting a ’25 events in 25 days’ promotion.”

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  • Dfrance

    Pretty dope. Penny was my favorite player coming up. The ultimate “what if” player. I know Mike was fresh outta retirement, but I’ll never forget Penny giving him the blues on the block during that Finals run.

  • Anthony

    Co-Sign…darn that microfracture surgery! 6’7 guard, with great court vision, passing ability and handles!

  • spit hot fiyah

    they should honor nick anderson with a free throw contest

  • Dfrance

    Lol! Coooolllldddd bloooooded!

  • berkamore

    ROFL. That’s the first thing that popped into my head after I finished reading this. Nick Anderson and the four missed free throws in the 95 Finals. Not fair to the guy, he was no joke back in the day but it’s amazing how we all remember him.

  • berkamore

    And he even had the coolest commercials with “lil’ Penny”. Man, what could have been…….

  • Saleem Rainman

    at some point throughout the ceremony Shaq is gonna say something along the lines of Penny being his best sidekick, met with a collective roll of the eyes by everyone in attendance. And watching.

  • Dfrance

    The best sneakers after Jordan too. lol Those Foamposites are still selling like hotcakes 15+ years later.

  • Jay Brodes

    sounds good to me..nike needs to drop the pe penny air up and make sure they fix the shoe to all nubuck..the white black look wack! come on nike..ur better than that!

  • spit hot fiyah

    yeah he was under appreciated. not a bad 2 guard at all. depressing legacy

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  • prophecypro

    Im glad the Magic are honoring Penny, T-Mac and Shaq despite the bad blood and bitter exits. In Penny case I think the dude has more right to be bitter than all of them. He had a major knee injury at the time and in those days people didnt realize the severity of microfacture surgery and coming back too early and he was unjustly dissed and treated horribly by the fans and media. And he always handled himself with dignity and class to this day. I’m glad people were able to remember the good about them