words // Brennan Hiro Williams

I think when the season starts - whenever that may be - he should have his jersey put up for what he did not just for the team, but for the city...We all know how great Penny has been for the game of basketball.

Game organizer Dwight Howard, offering his sentiments about Penny Hardaway to the Orlando Sentinel, shared a common sense of adoration held by the 8,000 fans in attendance at the University of Central Florida on Sunday. Penny received a large ovation when Howard announced him in the lineup, rounding out the "Old School" squad in Howard's D12 Foundation charity basketball exhibition.

For the game, Penny broke out two of his most talked about player exclusives. While the Nike Zoom Rookie LWP made its way on the feet of several players (and even celebrity coach Lil' Wayne), nobody could match Penny's 1-of-1 "Memphis Blues" Zoom Rookie LWP . The Marc Dolce-designed shoe originally debuted at the Zoom Rookie LWP launch event in Las Vegas, and features an all blue Foamposite and suede upper that pays tribute to Penny and his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee.

Penny was not done yet, as he also wore the 1-of-1 all-white Nike Foamposite 1, a special colorway originally made for him to wear at the University of Memphis "Midnight Madness" event. 

Check out photos from the event below, along with close up shots of the exclusive sneakers. 

additional photos via Sneakernews