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Penny Hardaway on Kawhi Leonard: ‘Not a Superstar’

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Before injuries derailed his career, Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway was one of the most exciting, promising young players in the league. He made four All-Star teams and three All-NBA teams in his first six seasons with the Orlando Magic before being dealt to the Suns, where his body slowly deteriorated.

According to Hardaway, the offcourt persona is an essential part of being an NBA superstar, and that’s why he thinks San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard doesn’t deserve the title. Hardaway explained his position on Sirius XM’s NBA show, “Bottomline.” “Superstar? No. Kawhi Leonard is not a superstar because he has no interest in being the face of the league or starring in TV commercials,” Hardaway said. “He’s a good player, but I wouldn’t consider him a superstar player.”

Source: Colin Ward-Henninger of CBS Sports

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Magic Forward Aaron Gordon Misses Game With Concussion

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Orlando leading scorer Aaron Gordon missed Saturday’s 117-110 loss to the Hawks because of a concussion, further draining the short-handed Magic.

The 6-foot-9 Gordon, averaging 18.5 points per game, was injured Friday as the Magic lost to Denver. Mario Hezonja started in Gordon’s spot Saturday night.

Source: The Associated Press on ESPN

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76ers’ Robert Covington Injured After Diving into stands

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Philadelphia 76ers forward Robert Covington was helped off the court by two teammates after crashing into the stands alongside the Cleveland Cavaliers’ bench with 1:08 remaining in the fourth quarter Saturday night.

Covington was diving to save a loose ball.

Source: ESPN

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Pacers End Cavs 13-Game Winning Streak

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With the Cavaliers’ franchise-record-tying 13-game winning streak ending with a 106-102 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Friday night, the biggest disappointment in Cleveland’s postgame locker room stemmed from news that weather issues would delay the team flight home, not the defeat.

If anything, the loss provided Cleveland a chance to reflect on the team it has become in the last 3 ½ weeks, going from a 5-7 record to holding the No. 3 spot in the Eastern Conference standings.

Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN

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