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Do you remember just how good Anfernee ‘Penny’ Hardaway was back in the day?

Before all of the injuries which plagued him until his retirement in 2007, Hardaway put up 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists per game during his best NBA season in 1995-1996.  That’s quite the quality stat sheet.  He was even a member of the 1996 USA Olympic basketball team (which you will never, ever, ever hear me refer to as “Dream Team II.” If there’s no Larry Bird laying on the baseline with his shoes off and feet up for 30 minutes a game then it’s not a Dream Team, alright???)

Nothing better came out of the success of Penny Hardaway than America’s favorite mini-puppet, Lil’ Penny (I’m fairly certain that we’ve been over this puppet entertainment thing of mine already.)  Lil’ Penny was voiced by the highly annoying and best over-actor of our time, Chris Rock, and quickly became a pop culture icon.  I’m fairly certain that some of my classmates in grade school thought Lil’ Penny was a real person and I’m damn positive that Lil’ Penny eventually became more famous than Big Penny ever was.

Right when Lil’ Penny mania hit full steam, the plug was pulled.  Big Penny couldn’t stay off of the injury report and Lil’ Penny disappeared.  A sad time for mid-90’s America indeed.

  1. December 9, 2009 at 6:25 am

    I loved those commercials.

  2. Berg-Dizzle
    December 9, 2009 at 11:39 am

    all about lil-penny back in the day. i had a penny hardaway hat as well… awesome

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