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Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:214 lbs. / 97.5 kg.
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:214 lbs. / 97.5 kg.
Tim Dulin has sold Dulins Sports Complex in Cordova to FBC LLC, a company whose president is former basketball star Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway. The indoor facility at 7790 Fischer Steel Road has more than 40,000 square feet and was used for baseball, softball, martial arts, conditioning, soccer, lacrosse and other sports. It consists of two turf fields, eight batting cages, and a pitching machine.
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Grant was on the B.S. Report with Bill Simmons earlier this week and spoke about his glory days with the Bulls and those Magic teams. While there was an ego struggle between O’Neal and Anfernee Hardaway simmering, Grant said he believed O’Neal was ultimately going to stay in Orlando. Then he missed a phone call. He called me, and I didn’t return his call, before he signed with the Lakers. And to this day, I wish I had just answered that call, and maybe he still would have been in Orlando. I heard about it and saw it on the news, and it was like Mike Tyson hit me. You cannot recover from a guy that size, in his prime, that dominant to think you are going to win a championship. Absolutely not.
16 Sep 13
Parishioners from Light of Glory International Church gave Former NBA player and philanthropist Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway a standing ovation when they learned about his new undertaking. The church is one of three Memphis churches chosen to participate in the pre-sale of his new Penny Card Sunday, which helps the uninsured and under-insured get health care discounts. “Anything I can do to help in the city of Memphis,” said Hardaway.
Tina Cervasio: Earlier on @MSGNetworks Penny Hardaway, now minority owner of #Grizzlies, told me his “heart’s still in New York, I’m a #Knicks fan.” #NBA
Methodist University Hospital is partnering with former NBA player and University of Memphis Tiger basketball legend Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway to provide use of the Methodist University Hospital gym at Eastmoreland and Claybrook for his Penny’s FastBreak Courts youth training program. Hardaway currently uses multiple gymnasiums around the city for the program. The Methodist gym was part of a rarely used intramural facility on the hospital campus.
Hardaway talked to the team about discipline, about class, about dignity. If you wanted to play for him, you had to focus on school. He instituted a mandatory tutorial program. He’d arrive early in the morning, stick his head in the classrooms, make sure his boys were behaving. He quizzed teachers about the players’ progress reports: What areas do they need help in? “I wanted to make sure they understood that education is more than sports,” Hardaway says. “A lot of these kids go from home to home to live. I had to make sure they’re doing their homework, make sure they’re going to class, make sure they’re not sleeping in class. … It’s all to make them know that I do care.”
In an era when stars parachute in, smile for the cameras and then leave, Hardaway did just the opposite. He began driving his Bentley, Cadillac Escalade and Range Rover down the streets of Binghampton. Residents rushed from their homes, waved and cheered. He’d pull into the school on Carpenter Street, nicknamed “C Street” because it’s known Crips territory, one of four gangs that dominate the neighborhood. He’d show up for team practices even before Merriweather arrived. Hardaway started first as a volunteer. Still weakened from cancer, Merriweather soon delegated his duties. Hardaway became Coach Penny. He coached for free, with Merriweather remaining at his side.
With just over three minutes left in the state championship, Coach Penny Hardaway called a timeout. He didn’t like what he was seeing. Down by 15 points, his middle schoolers were quitting. It stood against everything he had instilled in them: Don’t use the inner city as an excuse to fail. You can overcome your circumstances. Always dream big. The former NBA All-Star and greatest basketball player in Memphis history huddled his team of 12 together. He looked them in the eyes. He could see his reflection from 25 years ago: young teens from the city’s roughest projects longing for positive mentors. “Just give me all you got,” he told them.
But Hardaway almost became a statistic of Binghampton before his career ever took off. The summer before his freshman year in college, he and a friend were robbed at gunpoint. The car sped off but then stopped. Gunshots rang out. One bullet ricocheted off the pavement and struck his foot. “I still think about, man, what would’ve happened if I got hit somewhere else. I could’ve passed away. I could’ve been paralyzed. Anything could’ve happened.” He would later pick the gangsters out of a police lineup. He didn’t fear retaliation “because I knew I was doing the right thing.”Such courage was drilled into him by his grandmother.
There also were indications late Monday that Miami Heat star LeBron James would appear at the announcement. The news conference was moved from the original 5:30 to allow Hardaway and James to get to the DeSoto Civic Center for the Rudy Gay charity game tonight.
Anfernee Hardaway is caught in the middle and wants to get out. He should be completing a brilliant NBA career but bad knees robbed him of that opportunity. He sits courtside at FedEx Forum in Memphis Nov. 13, a local icon, watching former teammate Shaquille O’Neal dunk and bull his way to 14 first-half points for the Celtics against the overwhelmed Grizzlies. And he wonders, “Why couldn’t I have finished my career in grace?’’ Hardaway wants a chance to do that. At 39, he still feels he can contribute to a winning team. 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.’’
“I think about how he can still help the Celtics and what they do,’’ Hardaway said. “Grant Hill is still helping the Suns. Jason Kidd is still helping the Mavericks. You got veteran guys who are still doing a great job. “Small minutes, you can do it on a nightly basis easily. It has to be a veteran team, a team that understands basketball for me to play. It can’t just be a young team that’s just trying to play.’’
“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.’’
Why should Penny Hardaway, Jerry Stackhouse and other well-past-their-prime current and former NBA players have all the fun lobbying for end-of -the-bench spots in Miami? At least that’s the question Heat assistant coach Keith Askins asked as old-schoolers line up in hopes of a shot to sign with Miami. “If Penny and those guys can put their names out there, I might need to think about coming back, too,” joked Askins, 42, who spent nine seasons with Miami and was a team captain.
Penny Hardaway, the man who inspired original Nike puppet in the late 90s “Lil Penny,” announced he is interested in competing for a role with the Miami Heat Thursday on an internet radio show called “The Bottom Line Sports Show.” “Mentally I was retired and physically I was retired. I was playing recreational ball,” Hardaway said. “But when the decision happened with Chris Bosh and LeBron, I felt like I could really be good in that system.”
“I can understand where Michael Jordan was coming from coming out of retirement a couple times, I can understand where Brett Favre is right now,” Hardaway said. “When you still have something in the tank it’s really hard to let it go.”
10 Sep 07