Shaquille O’Neal vs Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway
Between 1993 and 1995, there might not have been a more electrifying team in the NBA than the Orlando Magic. The insanely young and talented duo of Shaquille O’Neal and Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway led Orlando to three straight playoff appearances, including an NBA Finals appearance in 1995. But O’Neal eventually began to grow resentful of all the attention Hardaway received from the media and fans, and this jealousy was only exacerbated when a poll published in the Orlando Sentinel resulted in over 91% of respondents saying O’Neal wasn’t worth the $115 million contract extension he was looking for in free agency.
O’Neal groused that the Magic wanted make Hardaway their centerpiece, and subsequently signed with the Los Angeles Lakers.