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Penny Hardaway wants to play Kentucky

Penny Hardaway has the top-ranked recruiting class in America and he wants his incoming freshmen to get a shot at John Calipari’s Kentucky Wildcats.

In a Tuesday afternoon press conference in Memphis to discuss his new recruiting haul, Hardaway was asked about any new progress on establishing a home-and-home series with Calipari. He admitted he hasn’t talked to Calipari since the Final Four, but he plans to reach out again about scheduling a game, whether it be a home-and-home or a neutral site, potentially in Nashville.

“I’ll definitely be talking to him about a home-and-home and even a neutral site,” Hardaway said. “We talked about a neutral site before.”

Hardaway added that he will play anybody and not just because of his new recruiting class. He always wants to play the best, he said.

You can hear Hardaway’s comments (and see his bumblebee shirt) below:

Bring it.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

37 Comments for Penny Hardaway wants to play Kentucky



  1. bc79
    8:01 pm May 21, 2019 Permalink

    Why not?



  2. truebluefootballfan
    8:07 pm May 21, 2019 Permalink

    Man wins a couple sparring matches and thinks he’s ready for a heavy weight title shot



    • unbridled
      9:59 pm May 21, 2019 Permalink

      He’s a joke. Carnival barker. He’s never even coached a collegiate game. Even with his roster….he’s going to have to learn the nuances of the college game.



    • 3Goggles
      10:44 am May 22, 2019 Permalink

      You do know he coached 36 college games last year, right?



  3. A_Blue_Wildcat
    8:08 pm May 21, 2019 Permalink

    Nothing to gain from it. We already have plenty of tough games on our schedule to give us enough Quadrant 1 wins, they need to play us more than we do them.



  4. UK Maine-iac
    8:35 pm May 21, 2019 Permalink

    Can you imagine the bash fest if Penny pulled off the win?



  5. VinDatuk
    8:58 pm May 21, 2019 Permalink

    When they apologize for canceling the ceremony to honor Coach Cal, then maybe UK should think about it. Screw them. We owe them about as much as we owe IU. Zero for us to gain playing at Memphis.



  6. albyjimc2
    9:04 pm May 21, 2019 Permalink

    Does this guy ever shut the fck up?



    • notFromhere
      9:52 pm May 21, 2019 Permalink

      Lol! Was thinking he should hire LBall so they can try to out-talk each other. THAT would be an epic battle of disgusting distortions



    • unbridled
      10:03 pm May 21, 2019 Permalink

      I think his college career will be short lived and not have the success he is currently thinking.



  7. eyebleedblue
    9:06 pm May 21, 2019 Permalink

    Needs a uk game to generate revenue to pay those players.



  8. UKCatAttack
    9:07 pm May 21, 2019 Permalink

    No thanks, Penny… move on. Give me Duke, Carolina, or Kansas.



  9. Trueblue JB
    9:30 pm May 21, 2019 Permalink

    What’s being overlooked here from this presser is that former NBA coach of the year Sam Mitchell is no longer on his staff. Not much “coaching” experience on that staff now.



    • unbridled
      10:05 pm May 21, 2019 Permalink

      That’s what I’m saying. Guy has yet to coach a collegiate game and he’s running his mouth like a fool….and I don’t care how much talent he has on his roster.



    • bleed_blue2324
      7:22 am May 22, 2019 Permalink

      Unbridled. Penny’s first year at Memphis was this past year they went 22-14. With that said I’d like to play them and shut them and their fans up. They think they’ve won the National Championship already because they have the number 1 recruiting class



  10. notFromhere
    9:51 pm May 21, 2019 Permalink

    Of course he does. Everybody does. For the paycheck, the validation, and the limelight, you better believe he does. Get in line, dude!



  11. cats646
    9:51 pm May 21, 2019 Permalink

    Lol. No he doesn’t.



  12. bbn606
    10:00 pm May 21, 2019 Permalink

    Penny is not worth a nickel.



  13. Wildcat_blues1029
    10:05 pm May 21, 2019 Permalink

    Why not have the home and home? Ever since 2012 we’ve had less and less major home games on a consistent year schedule. Everyone’s tired of these crap ass non-conference home games. Why not bring back UNC, IU and throw in Memphis? Other then the Big 12- SEC challenge we don’t have any non-conference games to look forward to



  14. VirginiaCat
    10:28 pm May 21, 2019 Permalink

    Cal will never play Hardaway unless he is confident that he can beat him. Cal has little to gain and too much to lose. I think it would be an interesting game and would love to see it, but it’s not going to happen.



    • makeitstop
      11:09 pm May 21, 2019 Permalink

      Really? Love to see a home and home w a program that usually can’t get in the NCAA and recruits against us in key markets? But u would love too see that? U realize if there was any natural marketability it would’ve been right after Cal left? So this is just u wanting to hurt UK. Way to out urself. Penny is a carnie until proven otherwise and u are holding the balloons.



    • mashburnfan1
      12:52 am May 22, 2019 Permalink

      Look at all the negative. I agree and say why not. For those saying we don’t need it blah blah, I guess you like watching us play IUPUI, VMI etc ALL the time at Rupp. We seldom get good home games as Cal is afraid to play a home and home vs any half decent team. Is because he knows he has a new team, young team every year and wants the cupcakes to get wins and build confidence. From a fan point of view I would love us to play Cincy, WVU, Memphis, Ohio St, Indiana every year. Not every team every year but IU and Memphis this year, Cincy-WVU next year etc. But with Cal we get our full plate of cupcakes, is not all him as most others do it to and it has helped make college basketball drop off the charts badly.



    • Skooms
      6:51 pm May 22, 2019 Permalink

      Here comes fake fan Mashturd. I knew your geriatric pessimistic butt would show up sooner or later.



  15. UKfanman01
    11:04 pm May 21, 2019 Permalink

    What does UK have to gain from playing a mid major team like Memphis? Weak SOS, extremely irrelevant. Guy has a good recruiting class, only because he coached 2 players in high school and he thinks he can call out UK? ???



  16. Mino Slick Foooooo
    11:26 pm May 21, 2019 Permalink

    Quit being scared guys! We are Kentucky! we should welcome competition! Ya shit on Penny likes he a terrible guy! The guy did a lot to be in the position he’s in.. Didn’t happen overnight! He’s that cool coach these kids wanna play for, similar to Call, he also let’s off a shot or two in the media like Cal! Quit being little girls, and accept the college game is heading towards hiring young fresh faces, that have NBA experience! Juwon Howard headed to Michigan! If he gets a couple recruiting victories over us are we gonna hate him too?



    • ClutchCargo
      12:54 am May 22, 2019 Permalink

      Then why is he calling out UK instead of the other way around? Memphis clearly needs UK more than UK needs Memphis. Penny is a carnival barker at this point. Just ignore him and keep walking.



    • mashburnfan1
      12:58 am May 22, 2019 Permalink

      Love it, you get it. All this we are UK and they don’t deserve to play us talk is stupid. First we are not that team people are scared of anymore. I guess dUKe should never play us again, I mean what does beating a team by 34 do to help them, they need more competition. Cal said we are gold standard and we are college ball etc. Back it up by actually playing some real teams. Only reason we get any good game is the Big 12 challenge {still a weak Conf though} and the series we are in but they are neutral courts. Lets play Cincy, OSU, WVU, IU Memphis and anyone else that wants a game. We are the gold standard right Cal, prove it.



    • Mino Slick Foooooo
      4:35 pm May 22, 2019 Permalink

      Ignore him for what? Why are we? “The greatest Basketball program of all time ducking competition? Wat are we afraid of? Id much rather see Memphis on the schedule than Monmouth or Towsen State! Penny’s for real! Once he starts winning and the back story comes out he will be celebrated, mark my words! 30 year Cat fan, but I understand that world around me.. Blacks lenses in my shades, not blue



  17. WatchutalkinboutWillis
    11:31 pm May 21, 2019 Permalink

    It doesn’t help U.K. at all to play or beat Memphis. Plus I’m sick of neutral sites.



    • mashburnfan1
      12:53 am May 22, 2019 Permalink

      And beating VMI does what for us? That is the type of teams we get to see at Rupp now.



  18. runningunnin.454
    12:09 am May 22, 2019 Permalink

    They are really obsessed with Cal and UK. I think, historically , UL is their rival, and they’ve got some work to do there.
    They should call Chris Mack.



  19. bbn606
    11:20 am May 22, 2019 Permalink

    Sounds like Louisville in the 1980s.