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Old 02-21-2010, 08:51 PM   #42
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Default Re: Penny Hardaway appreciation thread

Originally Posted by plowking
Oh please. Getting stuck next to one of the best centers ever doesn't make you a better winner, it makes you fortunate. And no, he wasn't a better defender either. Just because you have a 7 footer behind you and can push up on the ball, you are somehow the better defender. Penny wasn't that great a defender. Just because he chose to step it up against one player in MJ, doesn't make him as great as you say he is.

Also now he was a better passer than Hill?

What's wrong with saying Penny was a better passer than Hill? Did you even watch Penny play? And yes, he was a better winner than Hill. In six healthy seasons in his prime, Hill made the playoffs 4 times and his numbers were comparable to his season numbers only once(he can't be blamed for 2000 though due to the injury). Penny stepped up his game in the playoffs, look at the 1997 playoffs or the 1995 finals. Look at what Penny did when Shaq was injured in 1996 and look his record with Orlando even after they replaced Shaq with Rony Seikaly who hadn't played well the last 2 seasons and that was with Nick Anderson already being done mentally after the 1995 finals(he dropped to a 40% FT shooter).

And Penny was typically a good perimeter defender, better than most of the star perimeter players of the past decade who very rarely even try to play 1 on 1 defense.
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