Anfernee Hardaway seemed to come and go in a flash.
He burst onto the team and helped push the Magic to greatness the moment he stepped in. His rookie year was the first Playoff trip for the Magic. His second season, Hardaway and Shaquille O'Neal led the Magic to the NBA Finals. He was an All-Star starter within two years and an All-NBA First Team player just as fast.
Hardaway's meteoric rise was followed by his sudden fall. Hardaway's troublesome ankle cut his career short in that post-Shaq era. Injuries began plaguing him his fourth year in the league and he played only one more full season in a Magic uniform before the team moved him to Phoenix, severing ties with that first Finals team.
We all know that story.
Hardaway does too and as his new throwback shoe is released and MItchell and Ness begins selling his old pinstripes, it is time for some nostalgia.
SLAM's Nick DePaula caught up with Hardaway, now living in his hometown of Memphis where ...