I was told about this story by my childhood friend Rodney “J-Rod” Jones. It is about a former NBA star who is giving back to his community down south in Memphis. It is a great story about a cat giving back after he retires from the NBA.
His name is Penny Hardaway. He was a great player for the Orlando Magic. A tall Magic Johnson type player. He could shoot from the inside or cash on a three pointer and he could pass the rock almost. He was a complete player. Young players go and You Tube Penny to see.
He was so big in the 90′s he had a very popular commercial on TV with a talking doll called “Little Penny”. No one had that going on but Penny. He played with Shaq with the Magic. He was very popular with young kids in the inner city and out. To bad he never won a title. But with MJ in the league it was hard for any team to win a title against the Chicago Bulls. That was just reality.
But now since his career has ended he is doing things off the court for the inner city. A lot of ex-players don’t have a clue what to do once they depart from the NBA and they spend all the millions they made buying cars and houses and other things while not giving back to the community. It is ashame how players are not giving back like Jamal Crawford and ex-player Shawn Kemp are doing here in Seattle.
We cannot tell a player what to do with their money but it puts a smile on my face to see stories like the Penny Hardaway story. The Magic Johnson story and the Shaq story and others who are reaching back to the community they grew up in and are giving back. Former Seattle Mariner and current Baltimore Oriole player Adam Jones is giving back too. We will be writing about more positive stories like this in the future here on S.I.C. Gordon Curvey
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