07/09/15 10:43 am EST
‘The Storm is Over’
The epitaph is a nod to the fact that Penny’s career has passed, hence the storm being over. The shoe released in 2012, well after Hardaway’s retirement from the NBA, and served as an ode of sorts (It was clearly modeled after the Air Penny II – Penny’s most popular model).
The sentiment is nice, but realistically it probably would have been better-suited for Allen Iverson. Iverson blew through the NBA like an unprecedented, unrelenting tornado, felt by everyone across the league’s landscape. And, like some squalls of such magnitude, the storm that was Allen Iverson –the dominant NBA player –ended rather abruptly.