Originally posted by Pillbusta:
Originally posted by LA9erFan:
Or just once. smh
And Penny was good, but c'mon now, lol. I have read the strangest s**t on here over the last 24 hours.
Finals. NBA finals. ECF. Playoffs period. Dude was going to explode and punish you relentlessly. And yes Penny Hardaway. You see nowadays players get little to no college and they get to this league based on measurables and potential. They don't start out with the fundamentals. Jordan and Penny did and they would punish these defenses. I am 2 years older than Kobe and plenty older than lebron so I am in that sweet spot of having seen all these players in their primes and Jordan and Penny were incredible. They would own these defenses. Injury robbed hardaway. You witness these players? Smh
Hell yes I remember these players, lol. I remember watching Penny at Memphis State, the Lil Penny commercials, the Penny/Shaq/Anderson/Scott/Grant Magic and all that. Even before injuries, Penny was a superb player, but was never in the conversation of the best player in the game, much less in the conversation of iconic players like Jordan, Kobe, & LeBron. It's a completely silly name to bring up in context with those three...and I liked Penny's game quite a bit.
And the point about "fundamentals" is an absurd, when-I-was-your-age platitude. The guys that come into today's game have so much more in the way of fundamentals that it's not even funny. There are so many more player development avenues for young players today than there were then that there's no comparison. And the idea that Penny was some fundamentally sound dude is especially specious. He was a 6'7" guy with ball skills, superb athleticism, and a suspect jumper. The fact that he flamed out of the league after his athleticism diminished is evidence that he wasn't particularly fundamentally sound. In fact, I remember old farts back in the day complaining about him and others lacking the same fundamentals that you're talking about.