#1Centtuesday; Penny Hardaway’s NBA Uniform History

Hardway's 1999-2000 Black alternate Phoenix suns jersey

Over the past year, the spike in social media’s popularity has given rise to daily trending hashtags. From #throwbackthursday to #mjmondays to #wutangwednesdays, every day gives you a new reason to celebrate your favorite sports or pop culture icon. One of our favorites at Rare VNTG is #1centtuesday; a day dedicated to legendary NBA Star Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway.

Many use the hashtag to showcase their favorite pair of foamposites or another pair of Penny’s sneakers; Rare VNTG likes to focus more on Hardaway’s jerseys. On this Tuesday, we take a look back at all the uniforms Penny Hardaway wore on the court during the regular season (excluding All Star Games!) starting in 1993 with his rookie year in Orlando.

Penny's Orlando Magic Alternate jersey from 1994-1998

Penny’s Orlando Magic Alternate jersey from 1994-1998

Penny's Magic Road uniform from 1993-1998

Penny’s Magic Road uniform from 1993-1998

Penny's White Orlando Magic home jersey from 1993-1998

Penny’s White Orlando Magic home jersey from 1993-1998

During his final year with Orlando, the Magic updated their uniforms to the silky blue “shining stars” edition. These jerseys are extremely rare and hard to find with Hardaway on the back!

Penny's final road blue uniform with Orlando in 1998-1999

Penny’s final road blue uniform with Orlando in 1998-1999

Penny's final white home uniform with the Magic in 1998-1999

Penny’s final white home uniform with the Magic in 1998-1999

After the 1999 NBA season, Penny Hardaway joined the Phoenix Suns in a sign and trade deal, linking up with fellow NBA All Star Jason Kidd. Penny wore the infamous “rising sun” Phoenix jersey for only one season before Phoenix updated to a more modern uniform.

Penny Hardway's 1999-2000 Phoenix Suns White Home jersey

Penny Hardway’s 1999-2000 Phoenix Suns White Home jersey

Hardway's 1999-2000 Black alternate Phoenix suns jersey

Hardway’s 1999-2000 Black alternate Phoenix suns jersey

Hardaway's 1999-2000 Suns purple road jersey

Hardaway’s 1999-2000 Suns purple road jersey

The Suns update their uniforms for the 2001 NBA Season.

Penny in the updated 2001 Phoenix Suns Purple Road jersey

Penny in the updated 2001 Phoenix Suns Purple Road jersey

Hardaway alongside Starbury & The Matrix in the 2001 Phoenix Suns White jersey

Hardaway alongside Starbury & The Matrix in the 2001 Phoenix Suns White jersey

Penny joined the New York Knicks in 2004 along with former Suns star, Stephon Marbury. The duo lead the Knicks to a playoff birth during their first season in the Big Apple, eventually losing in the first round to the Nets.

Penny sporting the New York Knicks Blue road jersey from 2004-2006

Penny sporting the New York Knicks Blue road jersey from 2004-2006

Hardway wearing the Knicks white home uniform in 2004

Hardway wearing the Knicks white home uniform in 2004

Before the 2006 NBA Trade Deadline, Penny was traded from the New York Knicks back to his first team, the Orlando Magic. The Magic would waive Hardaway 5 days later to save money on his expiring contract. The following summer, he signed with the Miami Heat for the veterans minimum salary.

Penny Hardaway in the 2007 Miami Heat white home uniform

Penny Hardaway in the 2007 Miami Heat white home uniform

Penny sporting the Miami Heat 2007 Black road jersey

Penny sporting the Miami Heat 2007 Black road jersey

Hardaway would wear jersey #7 for Miami, the only time in his career when he did not wear #1. After 16 games, the Heat waived Hardaway marking the end of his NBA Career.

Thanks to the AP and Getty Images for providing us with these quality pictures!

 

Why Are More NBA Teams Adopting Sleeved Jerseys in 2013-14? The Sleeve Conspiracy

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Last season, the Golden State Warriors were the first NBA team to sport the Adidas Revolution 30 sleeved jerseys on the court. Although they only made a few appearances in the uniforms, the Warriors were one of the first NBA teams to wear sleeves on their jerseys since the inception of basketball.

Personally, I found the uniforms to be horrendous and hoped we wouldn’t have to see anything like it on an NBA court ever again. Boy was I wrong!

In 2013-14, at least three more teams will be ditching the traditional tank top jersey. The Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers have all reported they will be wearing the sleeved alternate jerseys this season. The Warriors are also adding a white-sleeved jersey to their uniform arsenal.

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I got to thinking, could this all be a conspiracy? We have heard rumors about the Miami Heat & Brooklyn Nets wearing their nicknames on jerseys this season, which is all-fine by me but why would more teams be breaking tradition and adding sleeves to their jerseys? The main reason: MORE ADVERTISEMENT SPACE!!

That’s right; More ad space! David Stern will be stepping down as NBA Commissioner this February and has already entertained the idea of placing sponsorship advertisements on player uniforms similar to European Soccer. After Stern steps down on February 1st, 2014, rumors are circulating new Commissioner Adam Silver likes the idea of having advertisements on player uniforms. Two more sleeves on the jersey equal two more prime spots to place advertisements on!

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Jersey aficionados hate the idea of advertisements being plastered on uniforms and I don’t blame them! The combination of sleeved jerseys and advertisements could usher in the historic downfall of NBA Uniform popularity and possible interfere with jersey sales. The NBA might want to rethink this one.