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Audio: Penny Hardaway was misquoted — he thinks Kawhi IS a superstar

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The one-time Orlando great didn’t call out Leonard, he praised him. Here’s the clip to prove it.

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Last night, I ran a story with a quote ostensibly from Penny Hardaway about Kawhi Leonard, but that has been proved to be incorrect. Here’s the audio to what Penny actually said:

Superstar? I’m not going to discount, neither. I love Kawhi. What I’m trying to say, superstar — You know what, I could give Kawhi superstar because he’s just not a guy who likes commercials. He’s not a guy who wants to be the face of the league. He just wants to get his work done.

So, instead of just updating the original story, I wanted to come clean, apologize to Hardaway, and set the record straight.

Sorry, Penny, PtR will no longer run with quotes of audio we have not heard ourselves. I regret adding to the misinformation on this topic and will do all I can to ensure we never do so again.