LeBron James, one of the greatest in NBA, has chosen his second favorite player of All-time. While most would be thinking of the big shots of basketball, instead it’s Penny Hardaway who is in LeBron’s list of favorites. Players like Shaquille O’Neal and many others believed this man could have had an exuberant career.
But the ‘ifs’ are always troubling the future of a sportsman. Penny’s injuries came as unfortunate barriers in his escalating years in the NBA.
Orlando Magic’s star began his 14-season career at the shooting guard position. Later under learnings from his Magic coach, Scott Skiles, he became the greatest point guard of all time. Hardaway experienced the NBA days from 1993 to 2007, became a 4-time NBA All-Star, and twice became a member of the NBA All-Star First team.
LeBron James says he could watch Penny play every night
LeBron James recently shared a video of Penny playing for Memphis State, on his Instagram story. It’s the same team that the former player is coaching at present. LeBron’s story read, “My God!!! My 2nd favorite player of All-time man! Literally could watch him play every night!!”
LeBron James has himself been a gift to the NBA viewers. His game is one of a kind to witness and his accolades are proof of that. James is a 16-time NBA All-Star and has been named the MVP four times. Moreover, this season with the Lakers was an incredible one for LeBron. He led the team to the top of the Western Conference Standings until the season got suspended.
James has never played with him, but his style and game make Penny his second favorite. It’s surprising for those who expected a different name from LeBron. Well, Penny, it is then.
As part of Orlando Magic, Penny played alongside the former legend, Shaquille O’Neal. The latter also appreciated Hardaway for his skills multiple times. It’s sad that such players couldn’t make their career as starry as other NBA legends. It was his injuries that kept him from achieving heights as a player.
Imagine if Penny Hardaway didn’t go through those injuries. LeBron could probably have had an opportunity to play with him, who knows!