Penny Hardaway and Nick Van Exel, Pt. I

Anfernee Hardaway is Memphis’ new head basketball coach, and he’d better hope Nick Van Exel doesn’t have any eligibility left. This is Great Midwest Conference paperwork we’re dealing with, there’s no way of knowing. Hardaway’s Tigers had no fun against Van Exel’s Cincinnati Bearcats in college. In a symptom of the age, Penny’s Memphis State club found it impossible dribbling around coach Bob Huggins’ defense despite repeated attempts in 1992 and 1993. Until now it could be argued that Penny’s career highlight with his program came in 2003, when Hardaway quietly earned his degree from the school.

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