Tag:Hall of Fame
Posted on: February 24, 2012 12:15 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2012 2:09 pm

Reggie Miller leads Hall of Fame Finalists

Reggie Miller leads the 2012 Naismith Hall of Fame class of finalists. (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore 

The 2012 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame candidates were announced Friday at an event during All-Star Weekend. The candidates are as follows: 

Reggie Miller: Last year's big exclusion. Miller held the record for all-time made three-pointers until Ray Allen broke it last season. Miller should be in by a mile. Miller finished his career as a 47 percent shooter despite being a three-point expert, where he was a 40 percent career shooter. He averaged 18 points, 3 assists, and 3 rebounds during his 18-year career. 

Mo Cheeks: Played eleven years for the Sixers and is currently an assistant with the Oklahoma City Thunder after head coaching stints in Portland and Philadelphia. Another logical nominee, Cheeks was a four-time All-Star, a four-time NBA All-Defensive Team member, an NBA Champion in 1983 with Philadelphia, and lead the league in field goal percentage in 1975. 

Bernard King: Four-time All-Star, four-time All-NBA, finished second in MVP voting in 1984. Averaged 23 points and six rebounds on 52 percent shooting during a fourteen-year career. 

Bill Fitch: Two-time NBA Coach of the Year, NBA Champion with the Boston Celtics in 1981. 25 years of coaching in the NBA, including 944 wins, one of the true legends in coaching circles 

Dick Motta: NBA Champion in 1971 with over 1,000 victories at various levels of play. 

Don Nelson: Nelson is also not going to have any trouble, considering he has the most wins of any coach in NBA history. A .557 winning percentage over 2,398 games across over three decades in the league? Yeah, I'd say Nellie's good to go. 

Hank Nichols: Long-time official and "rule architect." 

Rick Pitino: Well, this is an NBA blog, so we'll leave that one alone and leave it to our Eye on College Basketball brethren

Jamaal Wikes: Four-time NBA champion, three-time All-Star, two-time All-Defensive team (second team). Career averages of 16 points and six rebounds on 50 percent shooting. 

Ralph Sampson: Three-time Naismith Award and National College Player of the Year Award winner. His work at Virginia is the stuff of legend. Three-time NBA All-Star. 

Katrina McClain: Two-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time FIBA gold medalist. Two-time USA Basketball female athlete of the year. 

All-American Red Heads: The female version of the Globetrotters, basically. 

Many worthy candidates this year, but it also looks like the process for induction will be different next season. More on that in a bit. 
Posted on: August 19, 2011 2:35 pm

Friday 5 with KB: An NBA Hall of Fame edition

By Matt Moore

In this week's edition of the Friday 5we delve further into the idea of an NBA Hall of Fame. Who would Ken take in the inaugural class? Why won't this happen? And by the way, did Kobe pumping up the union really mean anything? 

1. Let's say the NBA didn't figure out how to blow a $930 million media deal, the merchandising, ticket sales, sponsorship money, and various investments, and instead had the money to open their own Hall of Fame. You get six guys, and six guys only to put into the inaugural class. Who goes in? Players, coaches, league personnel, etc.

KB:  Good question. I'd have to go: 1. Michael Jordan; 2. Wilt Chamberlain; 3. Bill Russell; 4. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; 5. Oscar Robertson; 6. Magic Johnson. It's tough to leave Elgin Baylor, Larry Bird, Shaquille O'Neal, and Hakeem Olajuwon out, but six spots are six spots. Also, tough call not to have Red Auerbach among the first inductees, but the NBA has always been and will always be a players' league.

2. If you were designing said Hall, what would you have its primary mission statement be?

KB: The mission would be simple: To honor, recognize and remember the greatest contributors in the history of NBA basketball.

3. Who leads the coaching exhibit, Red or Phil?

KB: Though Phil passed Red for the most titles, there is no surpassing Auerbach's legacy. Aside from nine championships in 10 years as a coach, there were the titles he orchestraed as GM, and most importantly, his achievements with racial integration at a time of segegation and deep racial divides in America -- and especially, in Boston. Auerbach drafted the first black player in the NBA, hired the first black coach in any American professional sport, and had the first all-black starting lineup in NBA history.

4. What's the biggest reason outside of financials for the league not to do this?

KB: Politics. Does the NBA risk alienating itself from the basketball community by breaking away and declaring its independence from a sport whose various tentacles -- college, international -- are intertwined?

5. Jumping back to reality real quick. What exactly is there for the players to unite around that Kobe's talking about? Isn't it pretty much just "don't spend all your money and get desperate?"

KB: No, there's much more than that. With the various income levels and priorities among the players, it could be easy for a wedge to be driven into the NBPA. So while there's a divergence of opinion about executive director Billy Hunter's strategy not to decertify or disclaim interest, it is in the best interests of the players to stand behind that strategy until it is exhausted as a viable option. The agents pushing for decertification are forgetting that the strategy turned into a dead end for the NFL players. The same fate would likely await the NBPA in federal court under antitrust law. The best strategy for the players is to see the NLRB strategy through to a conclusion and proceed from there depending on whether they win or lose. Don't forget that regardless of which legal strategy the players pursue, this will only be resolved one way: at the bargaining table. A fractured union will suffer a slow, horrible death there.
Posted on: August 12, 2011 11:40 pm
Edited on: August 13, 2011 12:00 am

Video: Dennis Rodman Hall of Fame speech

By Matt Moore

Dennis Rodman 2011 Hall Of Fame Speech (VIDEO) by 3030fm

Video via Jose3030 on Twitter. 

Dennis Rodman was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Friday night, and did not disappoint. After a wardrobe change, we kid you not, Rodman took to the podium in tears and forced his way through an emotional and contrite speech. He specifically targeted himself as having failed as a husband, son, and father. He said his one true regret was that he wished he'd been a better father. He spoke of the eccentric wardrobe and behavior and how it was an exterior to express his desire to be a colorful individual. 

It was an at-times disjointed speech, but filled with emotion, a true appreciation of the accomplishment and love for the game.  It was at once truly fitting of Rodman's career and a stark contrast to Michael Jordan's bitter pettiness-fueled tirade two years ago. Rodman in particular spoke of both Chuck Daly and his presenter, Phil Jackson, along with Jordan and Pippen. Rodman seemed truly overwhelmed by the moment, putting aside his excessive behavior (outside of two nose rings and a lip ring, and gave a speech worth remembering. It doesn't change who Rodman has been, or who he will be, but it does cement the fact that Rodman belongs here, among players like Artis Gilmore and coaches like Tex Winter. 

The Worm is in the Hall, and he went in on his own terms as you could have guessed.
Posted on: August 12, 2011 10:29 pm
Edited on: August 12, 2011 10:55 pm

Dennis Rodman at Hall of Fame: What did he wear?

Posted by Ben Golliver

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony drags on and on for hours, and with the lockout in full force it's unclear how many people actually cared about the annual tradition this year.

There is one exception, of course, and that's the flamboyant Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls Dennis Rodman, who showed up at the ceremony in Springfield, Massachusetts, in style on Friday night.

One outlandish outfit wasn't enough for Rodman, who promised and delivered a wardrobe change in between the red carpet and speech portions of the evening. Here are pictures of his outfits.

On the red carpet, Rodman wore a silver jacket, a silver scarf, a black and silver hat with feathers, a black boa, white and black sunglasses, silver hoop earrings, two nose rings and a lip ring. Here are a few pictures.



During his speech, Rodman kept the earrings, nose rings and lip ring but opted for a new jacket and shirt. The shirt was white and accompanied by a glimery silver scarf while his jacket was Black with red trim. On the back of the jacket, the words "Pistons" and "Bulls" appeared along with a glittery basketball that was on fire. 




Finally, here's a look at his more subdued outfit during the trial run through on Thursday night. Rodamn wears a black jacket, jeans, a black and red hat, the same white and black sunglasses and all the same facial jewelry.


Credits: All images via Getty Images.
Posted on: August 12, 2011 1:09 pm

Friday 5 with KB: Hall of Fame Edition

By Matt Moore

In this week's edition of the Friday 5we take a look at the Hall of Fame and what it means, the power of super-teams, and wonder what exactly the NBPA and NBA are doing during this lockout, since they're so busy. 

1. There's been some discussion of whether Dennis Rodman was "flashy" enough to belong in the Hall. I argued yesterday that not only is he arguably the best true role player of the last thirty years, he was also pretty good at offense early in his career before he switched to just defense and rebounding. Is "style' a prerequisite for the Hall in your mind?

KB: I think style could be a qualifying factor to enhance a Hall of Fame resume -- i.e. Julius Erving and Pete Maravich -- but shouldn't be a disqualifying factor. Should Tim Duncan not be in the Hall of Fame because he's boring? Rodman definitely belongs on the merit of his play. The fact that he was a grunt specialist on the floor and has become a comic book character off it has little to do with how deserving he is.

2. Your terrific piece on Tex Winter with his son Chris hearkened back to those days in Chicago, which he's most known for. Phil, Jordan, Pippen, now Rodman and Tex. Will we see a team's nucleus enter so many Hall of Famers again?

KB: Well, interesting that you should ask this question in the middle of a death struggle for the future of the NBA. What the owners seem to be saying with their proposals is that they don't want super teams. They want parity. But super teams -- the Showtime Lakers, the Celtics' various dynasties, and now the Heat's Big Three -- have been so good for business, it's hard to imagine smart businessmen wouldn't want that. Would it really be had for basketball, and for business, if the Heat won three or four titles? Or if the Knicks got Chris Paul and won a couple themselves? Hardly. It would be astronomically good for business. But it's up to the owners and what they really want, and which owners ultimately will win this struggle. I maintain that we haven't even begun to hear from the moderates in big, successful markets who aren't so opposed to a system that at least imitates the status quo.

3. Here's a golden oldie. Are you of the opinion that there should be an NBA Hall of Fame, separate from the Naismith?

KB: This is a tough one, because I really do enjoy how the different levels of basketball are all intertwined. I think you lose something if you separate them. But there is a college Hall of Fame, and many players' and coaches' bodies of work in the NBA stand apart from whatever college canvas they may have painted. So yes, ultimately I think it would be better to separate the two. What could possibly be the harm?

4. Outside of No.3, what's the biggest thing you think should be changed about the Hall?

KB:I wouldn't want to see the voting become as political as it is for baseball, but more transparency in the voting would be nice. I want to know who's voting, and who got what percentage of the votes, and have a clear view of what the criteria are.

5. One lockout note: Big to-do's on Thursday about both sides saying the other wouldn't meet. Here's a question. WHAT ELSE ARE THEY DOING THAT THEY CAN'T POSSIBLY FIND TIME TO MEET? We're in a lockout! That's their only job right now, on either side!

KB: Welcome to the dance, Matt. It's still only August, so the slow waltz continues. And you have to admit, the so-called bargaining sessions we've witnessed for the past two months have been exercises in futility. Honestly, I can't imagine what the two sides spent four hours talking about the last time they met earlier this month. The owners still want what they want and aren't willing to compromise, and the players still reject it and feel that if they make major concessions, they'll be caving to the owners. So here we are, in lockout purgatory. What we need is some momentum, some event that creates leverage or urgency for either side. The calendar will take care of that naturally as we get into September and the owners have to grapple with the notion of canceling games. It also could happen on the legal front, with the next mile-marker being a decision from the NLRB on the players' unfair labor practices charge. The double whammy of a victory for the players with the NLRB, which could lead to an injunction lifting the lockout, combined with the sheer element of time would provide the urgency these proceedings currently are lacking. One final thought: I just hope that both sides aren't confident in the belief that they survived a lockout that shortened the season to 50 games in 1998-99, and thus are subconsciously aiming for the same outcome again. Because 50 games can become zero games faster than they think if they don't get moving.

You can follow Ken Berger on Twitter @kberg_cbs
Posted on: August 11, 2011 10:50 am
Edited on: August 11, 2011 11:07 am

Dennis Rodman is going to HOF in a helicopter

By Matt Moore

Dennis Rodman has mellowed with age. He's not as over-the-top, even if he does do or say some outlandish things. He's matured, and his behavior has mutured with him. His induction to the Hall of Fame Friday should be a classy affair that shows the true side of a complicated player and one of the best rebounders of all time, and should give Rodman a platform to show just how classy he can be. 

Ha! Just kidding. It's Rodman. Come on.

The Miami Herald reports:
The lighter side: Aventura’s Dennis Rodman told us Tuesday he will arrive at his Basketball Hall of Fame induction Friday by helicopter. He wanted to enter the Hall on a colorful float, “but they wouldn’t let me block off the street” in Springfield, Mass.

He said he will hire acrobats to perform and “a couple of my outfits will be ‘out there.’ Whatever might be too zany is not too zany.” His marketing agent, Floyd Ragland, said Rodman is spending $60,000 to fly in Penny Marshall, Howard Stern and other friends. Phil Jackson is Rodman’s presenter.
via UM clarifies cornerback situation; Dolphins' RB picture takes shape - Sports Buzz - MiamiHerald.com.

As good, or, depending on how you see it, as bad as Michael Jordan's induction speech was, Rodman's has to be the most highly anticipated, if only because you have absolutely no way to predict how far out there he will go.

Acrobats? Who wakes up in the morning and is like "Wait, I got it. You know what my Hall of Fame induction needs? Acrobats. And since I can't charter a float, I'll get a helicopter. Get me Howard Stern!" Answer: Dennis Rodman.

There are questions about whether Rodman belongs in the Hall based off his lack of offense. And, just as readily, there are those who want to defend the inclusion based on his non-scoring contributions. It's become very popular to pretty much throw out the ability to score in analysis and just focus on defense, rebounding, and efficiency, as if actual points scored don't matter in a game decided by comparative number of points. But even beyond the question of non-offensive roleplayers in the Hall is this, Rodman could score. He took less of a scoring role over time and his percentages were terrible, but after watching a Pistons game from Rodman's early years with Detroite recently, I was surprised by his ability to finish in transition and to collect clean-up buckets. Rodman elected to move his career more towards those compimentary things, realizing he could be elite in those areas versus possibly just solid in several if he tried to diversify. In short, he chose to be a roleplayer, a supporting guy, and those players are just as important as flashy players. That Rodman did them better than anyone before or since should really only cement his status in the Hall, not justify it. Rodman could do many things. He chose to do important ones. 

Like ride in helicopters with acrobats.
Posted on: April 4, 2011 1:09 pm
Edited on: April 4, 2011 1:32 pm

Gilmore, Rodman, Mullin among 10 selected to HOF

Posted by Royce Young

At a press conference in Houston, 10 names were called to be inducted to the Naismith Hall of Fame including Arvydas Sabonis, Tex Winter, Artis Gilmore, Chris Mullin, Dennis Rodman and Tom Sanders.

One that immediately sticks out if the selection of Artis Gilmore, who is pretty much long overdue. Gilmore averaged 18.8 points and 12.3 rebounds per game between 16 seasons in the ABA and NBA. He's been up for enshrinement for quite a few years now and finally hasn't gotten the snub which is great to see.

"What an overwhelming feeling I'm experiencing right being selected to the Hall of Fame," Gilmore said after his name was called.

Gilmore ranks 20th all-time in scoring (ABA and NBA combined). All 19 in front of him are in the Hall, as well as the 14 next names behind him. Gilmore is also the career leader in field goal percentage (59.9 percent). It's a shame it took this long for the 7-foot-2 monster, but he's officially in now. And it's more than well deserved.

Chris Mullin is one of the all-time great shooters (38.4 percent career from 3) and averaged 18.2 ppg in 16 seasons with the Warriors and Pacers. He was also a two-time Olympic gold medal winner, including a member of the 1992 Dream Team, which was inducted as a team last summer.

Sabonis was inducted by the European Committee for his resume as one of the all-time greats in European basketball, but you'll recall that Sabonis did spend seven seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers. Sabonis was a truly gifted 7-3 center who was hampered in the NBA by knee issues, but during his time in Europe was one of the truly gifted big men ever.

As noted a few days ago, Tex Winter will head to the Hall as the father of the triangle offense. The triangle is responsible for 14 NBA championships. Winter is being inducted as an assistant coach, which is a pretty cool honor.

Tom "Satch" Sanders was inducted by the International Committee. He played 13 seasons all with the Celtics and was known as one of the all-time great defenders.

And finally, Rodman's name was called and he graced the stage looking just how you'd expect Rodman to look. Sunglasses on, piercings all in, sideways hat and some "fashionable" clothing. But Rodman was clearly humbled by the recognition.

"I feel kind of out of place because of some of the things I've done," he said.

Rodman is truly one of the most gifted defenders in NBA history, having won two Defensive Player of the Year awards and five NBA titles. He was a rebounding machine, averaging 13.1 per game and as many as 18.7 in a single season.

Also, selected was Reece "Goose" Tatum of the Harlem Globetrotters, Teresa Edwards, Tara VanDerveer and Division II coach Herb McGee.

The induction ceremony is at the Hall in Springfield, Mass., from Aug. 11-13.
Category: NBA
Tags: Hall of Fame
Posted on: April 1, 2011 10:42 pm

Dennis Rodman says he's going to the Hall

Posted by Royce Young

Dennis Rodman is headed for the Hall of Fame, reports Dennis Rodman. Well at least Rodman says he was informed Thursday to be in Houston for Sunday's Hall of Fame announcement.

Rodman was in his old stomping ground as the Pistons honored him Friday by retiring his No. 10 jersey. Rodman is a five-time NBA champion and two-time defensive player of the year winner.

Rodman was among 12 finalists for the Hall of Fame this year along with players such as Jamaal Wilkes , Maurice Cheeks, Chris Mullin and Ralph Sampson. The induction ceremony is in August. 

Detroit selected Rodman in the second round of the 1986 draft of Southeastern Oklahoma. The native of Trenton, N.J., also played for Chicago, San Antonio, the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas.

For his career, Rodman averaged 7.3 points and 13.1 rebounds per game in 14 seasons. But check out his stretch from 1991-1997. During that time, Rodman averaged 16.7 rebounds a game and in 1991-92, put up 18.7 a game. That's almost as insane as Rodman himself.

Of course Rodman became more known for his piercings, tattoos and wild personality, but people forget what a fantastic basketball player he was. My favorite thing about him was his committment to team. He was the ultimate team player. He was selfless. At Southeastern Oklahoma he was an all-world scorer, averaging upwards of 40 points per game. But once he found a role in a rotation in the NBA, he sunk his teeth into what he was best at -- defending and rebounding.

The only thing that had people questioning Rodman's Hall of Fame potential was his antics and issues. Because in terms of playing basketball, there's no questioning he's one of the all-time greats. He has the rings, stats and awards to prove it.
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