A few sources have confirmed that Penny Hardaway has a strong interest in coming out of retirement to be a spark off the bench for the Heat next year and will contact team President, Pat Riley over the weekend.
Hardaway made his intentions known initially during an internet radio show that he feels he could be a great asset in a system with LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. He is one of many veterans to speak publicly about joining or signing with this All-Star cast, including Mike Miller (signed), Zydrunas Ilgauskas (signed), Juwan Howard (signed) Shaquille O’Neal.
Through the first seven years of his career (6 with Orlando and 1 with Phoenix), Hardaway averaged 15.3 points per game, but his career was derailed by various knee injuries, limiting him to under 40 games per season over the next seven seasons, including just 16 games in 2007-08, before retiring with the Miami Heat.
Two years into his retirement, Hardaway has said that he has kept in shape by playing in Miami recreation leagues, “dominating” the competition. More importantly, if Hardaway come back to the NBA, when will Lil’ Penny and the newest Penny shoes make their comeback?