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2012 Naismith Hall of Fame candidates announced

Posted on: November 11, 2011 6:29 pm
Edited on: November 11, 2011 7:26 pm
Posted by Ben Golliverreggie-miller

Back in the pre-lockout days, basketball was this awesome sport where you could earn big money playing professionally if you were good. And, if you were really good, you might just make the Naismith Hall of Fame, a hallowed ground where basketball, and not basketball-related income, was center stage.

Despite the ongoing lockout, reports that the pool of candidates for the 2012 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame has been released.

Some of the biggest names include: Indiana Pacers guard Reggie Miller, Yugoslavian center Vlade Divac, NBA referee Dick Bavetta, former Philadelphia 76ers point guard Maurice Cheeks, long-time coach Don Nelson, 16-year NBA veteran Paul Silas, Golden State Warriors and Miami Heat point guard Tim Hardaway, Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks point guard Mark Jackson, former New York Knicks forward Bernard King, former Houston Rocketse coach Rudy Tomjanovich, WNBA star Rebecca Lobo and Chicago Bulls executive Jerry Krause. 

Here's a longer list of nominees.

Al Attles, John Bach, Dick Bavetta, Maurice Cheeks, Lefty Driesell, Bill Fitch, Cotton Fitzsimmons, Curt Gowdy (contributor category), Tim Hardaway, Spencer Haywood, former NCAA executive Tom Jernstedt (contributor), Mark Jackson, Bernard King, Jerry Krause, Reggie Miller, Dick Motta, Don Nelson, Billy Packer (contributor), Rick Pitino, Paul Silas (as a player), George Raveling (contributor), Mitch Richmond, Ralph Sampson, Eddie Sutton, Rudy Tomjanovich, Gene Shue, Jim Valvano (contributor), Donnie Walsh (contributor), Gary Williams, Paul Westphal (as a player), Jamaal Wilkes.

Naismith Hall of Fame finalists are usually announced during NBA All-Star Weekend, scheduled for February in Orlando, Fla., assuming that the festivities are not killed by the lockout. From there, another round of cuts to finalize the class comes in March.

Given his clear snub last year, Miller seems like the obvious headliner in this year's class. He's the biggest name among former players, has a lengthy track record of contributions on and off the court and provides a touch of star power, a necessary commodity every year. Pairing former teammates Miller and Jackson on the induction list could make sense too.

Divac will almost certainly fill the Arvydas Sabonis role, the biggest name international player whose global contributions to the game are undeniable. Lobo, similarly, would make a nice successor to last year's honoree Teresa Edwards, in terms of her college success and icon status.

After those three, Cheeks, an NBA champion, 4-time All-Star and exceptional two-way player might stand the best chance of induction. Hardaway was a 5-time All-Star and is best remember for his killer crossover, but he never enjoyed the postseason success that we generally associate with Hall of Fame players and he sparked a controversy back in 2007 when he made homophobic comments, which he has since apologized for.

Bavetta, the NBA's record-holder for most games officiated, is a wild-card; he will be surely be inducted at some point and it's just a matter of when, not if. Krause, the architect of the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls dynasty during the 1990s, has reportedly made many enemies among the basketball establishment and his candidacy may suffer for that fact.

The safe money on the 2012 class might be Miller, Jackson, Divac, Lobo, Cheeks and Bavetta plus ABA champion and All-Star George McGinnis representing the now-defunct league.

Since: Nov 13, 2011
Posted on: November 14, 2011 12:45 pm

2012 Naismith Hall of Fame candidates announced

Oh, I'm well aware.  Otherwise Bob Knight and Dean Smith wouldn't be in it.  I still don't think Sampson should be in.  Four years is a small part of his overall basketball career - he probably had six peak years max.  Not a real impact pro, never played in the Olympics, etc.  Other guys like Maravich and Waltoc have gotten in based in part on their colleeg careers - but Maravich won multiple scoring titles and Walton was both a season and Finals MVP.  Guys like Sampson, Austin Carr, Christian Laettner, etc, are best served in the College HOF because that is where their greatness occurred - for varying easons it never showed much beyond those 3-4 years in thos cases. 

Since: Sep 20, 2009
Posted on: November 14, 2011 7:14 am

2012 Naismith Hall of Fame candidates announced

Rikster....Again let me remind you that the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame is not only for NBA inductees but people from all aspects of the basketball world. It is comprehensive in that it has international and American, men and women, professionals and amateurs, players, coaches, referees and anyone else deemed worthy. An example is St. Anthony's High School coach Bob Hurley Sr. who is in. While there is a new National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, it is really just a portion of the CBE (College Basketball Experience) which was create by the NABC (National Association of Basketball Coaches). There is also a Women's HOF and a FIBA HOF (for international stars), but many have been inducted in multiple HOFs. As I stated earlier, because of his ridiculous college career, Sampson belongs. Were this the NBA HOF he would clearly only gain entry as a visitor, like the rest of us!

Since: Nov 13, 2011
Posted on: November 13, 2011 3:10 pm

2012 Naismith Hall of Fame candidates announced

Bernard King MUST be inducted!  Ralph Sampson should NOT be inducted - great college player but that's only 4 years of his total career.  He is a deserving member of the College Basketball Hall of Fame

Since: Oct 27, 2007
Posted on: November 12, 2011 10:53 pm

2012 Naismith Hall of Fame candidates announced

Reggie Miller was a great shooter and he had a great career in the NBA. Mark Jackson was a great point guard and will be a good coach in the NBA.

Congrats to all the nominees!

Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: November 12, 2011 11:45 am
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Since: Sep 20, 2009
Posted on: November 12, 2011 6:46 am

2012 Naismith Hall of Fame candidates announced

Hurricane....You have to remember that this the BASKETBALL Hall of Fame not simply the NBA Hall of Fame, and believe it or not Ralph Sampson belongs for his accomplishments at Virginia. He was one of the most dominant and celebrated college players of all time, and clearly the most decorated over the past thirty years winning back to back to back (YES 3 STRAIGHT) AP and Naismith Player of the Year awards. His NBA career, which got off to a great start including making the All-Star team his first 4 seasons (winning the MVP in his 2nd one), clearly didn't live up to the promise that most were convinced of. However, a string of serious injuries, trades and other setbacks played a major role in that.  Someone who is on the list above who I have always felt belongs is Bernard King who was another simply dominating college player who earned first team All-America honors and was a three-time SEC Player of the Year while at Tennessee. I am biased in that King was and always will be my favorite player but realize that due to the large amount of time he missed because of major injuries that his overall body of work (only 874 games) hampers his chances. However, when he did play he was one of the most dominant offensive machines the league has ever seen. Simply ask Larry Bird or Dominique Wilkins as well as any other contemporary of his what they thought of him and you will see that he belongs in the HOF. What he did after his career was derailed for nearly 2 and half years after devastating his right ACL with Washington in his mid-30's was incredible, and anyone old enough to remember him with the Knicks knows how great he was.

Since: Nov 5, 2010
Posted on: November 11, 2011 10:56 pm

2012 Naismith Hall of Fame candidates announced

They always candidates on the list who have no business being there. Ralph Sampson?  GTFOOH!

Since: Feb 20, 2008
Posted on: November 11, 2011 10:41 pm

2012 Naismith Hall of Fame candidates announced

I'm telling you right now, if Reggie Miller is not a hall of famer, then no one is!!!

Since: Nov 30, 2007
Posted on: November 11, 2011 8:56 pm

2012 Naismith Hall of Fame candidates announced

Miller, Jackson AND McGinnis.  Heavy on the Pacers there...I like it!

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