The 25 Greatest Sports Careers Ruined by Injury

8. Penny Hardaway

Sport: Basketball
Years Active: 1993-2007
Career Stats: 15.2 PPG 4.5 RPG 5.0 APG
Injuries: Four left knee surgeries, Microfracture knee surgery

Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway was what many considered to be the closest to Magic Johnson (before Lebron), and for a while, he fit the bill. He instantly made an impact once he arrived. Penny averaged 16 points, 6.6 assists, 5.4 rebounds per game while leading the Magic to their first ever playoff appearance with the help of the Don Dadda. Penny was rolling in his second season, averaging 20 points and seven assists per game all the way to the NBA Finals.

He was nothing short of stellar the next couple seasons and had one of the best signature sneaker lines ever, but after suffering his first major knee injury in 1997, his career began to slow. Knee problems hampered Penny's career again in the 2000-2001 season as he would require microfracture surgery. He continued to play on his ailing knees, and his All-Star form was now a thing of the past. Hardaway turned into a serviceable player for the Suns and the Knicks, but that was about it.

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