Believe it or not, we are about a month away from Opening Night. Orlando opened training camp on October 1 and open the preseason in Mexico City against New Orleans on Saturday. So how will we get ready? By counting down to the beginning of the season on November 2 against Denver. Let's continue:
Anfernee Hardaway has come back to Orlando more times in the last year than he probably has since he was traded to Phoenix in 1999. He was in town for Dwight Howard's celebrity all star game during the lockout. He appeared for the NBA All-Star Weekend for a nostalgic interview with TNT in a local barber shop and for the celebrity game.
There is some awesome and appreciative Penny nostalgia going around right now among Magic fans. The push to have his No. 1 jersey retired is bound to be renewed.
Hardaway though is a Memphis resident through and through.
He was born in Memphis and attended Memphis State (now just Memphis) before the Warriors drafted him in the 1993 Draft and traded to the Magic. Hardaway currently lives in the Memphis area where he is a community activist, basketball coach and local celebrity.
His involvement with Memphis might get a bit more public.
A source told Kyle Veazey of the Memphis Commercial Appeal that Hardaway, along with Peyton Manning, have joined Robert Pera's bid to buy the Memphis Grizzlies as limited partners. Their involvement may be largely ceremonial and not really mean anything other than a public face to get public support and help advertise for the team.
Hardaway though did make more than $120 million in his career. That is not enough to buy your own team, but I guess it is enough to become a minority investor. Hardaway will be a great public face for the Grizzlies franchise if Pera's bid is indeed the winning bid. And, it will be great to see more of Penny.
Speaking of seeing more of Penny.
Nike released the Air Penny V "Orlando" yesterday. This is a classic blue, black and white shoe that calls back to Penny's playing days in Orlando. This is a completely new shoe however and includes some of Nike's latest technological enhancements. It is available exclusively at Foot Locker and costs about $165.
There are some other versions of the shoe — including one calling back to his Suns days — but why would you want it in any other color? The Orlando version looks so darn good.