Posted November 10, 2013

A Look Back at Those Great Lil’ Penny Commercials with Chris Rock

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In my reporting duties for Swim Daily’s Morning Swim yesterday, a Google Alert for Tyra Banks led me to one of the Nike commercials she made with Anfernee Hardaway and the Chris Rock-voiced likable loudmouth Lil’ Penny in the mid-90s, when all three were in their respective primes.

Although Hakeem Olajuwon came away with the rings, Shaq and Penny (and Barkley) stood out as the biggest NBA stars during that bizarre stretch in which Michael Jordan was having trouble with the curve and filming Space Jam. They were front and center as 2nd-grade-me was burgeoning into a massive sports fan. Consequently, hearing Chris Rock squeak “The only time you guys yell box out is when you’re out of doughnuts” sent me down a glorious Lil’ Penny rabbit hole of nostalgia:

Introducing the 1996 Magic/Bulls ECF for NBA on NBC


Tyra Banks slows down the game


Ken Griffey Jr. for President


Just look at that phone


Sitting courtside with Spike Lee


“This is SportsCenter” with Dan Patrick and Gheorghe Mureşan

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