Penny Hardaway Says Kawhi Isn’t A Superstar Because He Doesn’t Want To Be In Commercials
I know it sounds crazy, but just hear Penny out first.
Ask 100 people what it takes for a guy in the NBA to be a superstar, and you’ll get a bunch of a different answers. But the most important factors seem to be production on the court, team success, making players better, and being a title contender.
San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard, through six years in the league, has a Finals MVP, two NBA Defensive Player of the Year awards, he’s an all-NBA first teamer, a three-time All-Defensive first teamer, and he’s finished in the top-3 in MVP voting the past two years.
All that is fine and dandy, but it still doesn’t make him a superstar in this league, according to former NBA player Penny Hardaway.
The former Orlando Magic legend believes Kawhi needs to be more outspoken and in the public eye in order to be considered a superstar in this league.
“Superstar? No,” said retired four-time All-Star Penny Hardaway on Sirius XM NBA Radio, according to Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News. “Kawhi Leonard is not a superstar because he has no interest in being the face of the league or starring in TV commercials. He’s a good player, but I wouldn’t consider him a superstar player.”
Penny might want to ask some of the people who are forced to guard him every night if he’s a superstar or not.