HoopsHype Hall of Fame rumors

September 6, 2014 Updates
August 11, 2014 Updates

David Stern was so afraid of inviting notoriously cantankerous Bill Russell to Stern’s induction ceremony into the Basketball Hall of Fame, the former NBA commissioner had a mutual friend ask the Boston Celtic legend. Russell always felt that black players and coaches were given short shrift in the Hall of Fame, and hadn’t been there in 40 years. He refused to attend both the ceremony when his No. 6 jersey was retired in 1972 by the Celtics and his own induction into the Hall of Fame in 1975. New York Post

August 9, 2014 Updates

With a Kings logo prominent among the emblems gracing the flowing red curtains behind him, Mitch Richmond – light dancing off his diamond earrings and a black suit jacket draped over the broad shoulders that carried his teams to countless hard-fought victories – soaked in his biggest basketball moment at Friday’s Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony. “It’s finally hit me,” he said softly, shortly before stepping foot inside the majestic Springfield Symphony Hall auditorium. “I’m just glad (the Hall of Fame) didn’t overlook me, because I felt underrated my whole career. Having the opportunity now to be rewarded for all the hard work, the sweat I put in, those hours in the gym, I can say it really paid off and it was all worth it.” NBA.com

August 7, 2014 Updates

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is welcoming its newest group of inductees. Former NBA Commissioner David Stern led the class of 10 that received its membership blazers on Thursday. The induction gala is Friday night down the street from the hoops shrine. Also in the class of 2014 are former NBA stars Alonzo Mourning and Mitch Richmond and NCAA championship-winning coaches Nolan Richardson of Arkansas and Gary Williams of Maryland. USA Today Sports

August 6, 2014 Updates

"To tell you the truth," Mourning, 44, says quietly, sincerely, almost bemused, "I'm not supposed to have been [in the Hall of Fame]. I'm not, when you think about the obstacles I had to overcome, and when you think about how all the stars truly had to be in line for me to have the right people in my life at the right time. It was all storybook, truly. It was storybook for me to land on my feet after all the different challenges, and to now experience this moment." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

When Fannie Ella Reid Threet died at the age of 98 on Oct. 13, 2013, not only was "Alonzo H. Mourning of Miami, Fl." listed in her obituary as one of her children, but Mourning's children -- Alonzo H. Mourning III, Myka Mourning and Alijah Mourning -- among her grandchildren. "Her intense love for her kids that came into her home and her doing everything humanely possible to try to make sure that these kids were successful, it became contagious," Mourning says, as if Threet is present in the moment. "And I never forgot that." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

August 5, 2014 Updates

Stern will be enshrined Friday in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, part of a 2014 class that includes former players Alonzo Mourning and Mitch Richmond, along with NCAA championship-winning coaches Nolan Richardson and Gary Williams. Stern ended his run as commissioner after exactly 30 years on Feb. 1 — he won't say retired, because he's still working — and once thought he would wait five years for induction, same as players. Officials from the NBA and Hall of Fame persuaded him otherwise, and nobody is arguing that he belongs immediately. "It would be hard to overstate the impact I think David has had on the game of basketball. Admitting that I'm prejudiced toward basketball, David Stern could go down in our era as the greatest commissioner of all-time in all sports," said former NBA coach and ESPN analyst P.J. Carlesimo. Boston Herald

August 4, 2014 Updates

Stern will be enshrined Friday in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, part of a 2014 class that includes former players Alonzo Mourning and Mitch Richmond, along with NCAA championship-winning coaches Nolan Richardson and Gary Williams. Stern ended his run as commissioner after exactly 30 years on Feb. 1 — he won't say retired, because he's still working — and once thought he would wait five years for induction, same as players. Officials from the NBA and Hall of Fame persuaded him otherwise, and nobody is arguing that he belongs immediately. "It would be hard to overstate the impact I think David has had on the game of basketball. Admitting that I'm prejudiced toward basketball, David Stern could go down in our era as the greatest commissioner of all-time in all sports," said former NBA coach and ESPN analyst P.J. Carlesimo. USA Today Sports

David Stern remembers the days when an NBA staff that numbered about two dozen was just trying to keep some teams in existence long enough to get them on national TV. Now the former commissioner looks at a league whose 1980 championship series was not broadcast live but now has games televised around the world, whose players average more than $5 million a year in salary as the highest-paid team athletes in sports, and sometimes can't believe he and his colleagues pulled it off. "You can't even do justice to everything that everybody has done," Stern said in a phone interview. "All you can do is focus on small chunks of it, but it's great fun to contemplate how the NBA family has pulled together to be at a place where our players are now at the top of the celebrity period. "Pretty, pretty amazing and great." USA Today Sports

May 28, 2014 Updates

Bernard King is showing that money trumps nostalgia. King had to wait his turn before he was welcomed into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame last year. Now, the Brooklyn product and former Knicks great is wasting little time profiting from the honor. King, who spent four seasons with the Knicks, is selling off his Hall of Fame induction ring and Hall of Fame trophy Thursday at the Nate D. Sanders auction house in Los Angeles. The two items were initially set for bidding starting at $40,000 for the ring and $32,500 for the trophy. But King chose to sell the items to the auction house rather than put them up for consignment, where he would have waited 45 days to receive payment, Sanders said. New York Daily News

April 18, 2014 Updates

Under appreciated no more. Mitch Richmond's greatest accomplishment of his career happened in his retirement. Richmond, the former Sacramento Kings legend, who was a 6-time All Star during his seven seasons with the team, returned to Sleep Train Arena on Wednesday to be recognized as a Hall-of-Famer during the season finale. "That's truly amazing, it really is," Richmond told News10. "And I can say I accomplished this (before) turning 50. I still feel like a young man and this is just an unbelievable accomplishment." news10.net

Playing in Sacramento, a smaller market away from the lime-light of the NBA's elite cities like Los Angeles and Chicago surely contributed to his lack of stardom. Because of that, Richmond felt he may never become a Hall-of-Famer. "You have those thoughts," Richmond admitted. "The main thing is you try to look at the body of work. I think when you look back at it, I wasn't just a scorer, I tried to play the overall game. "I want to thank the (Hall of Fame voters) for looking beyond that, because I felt like I won everywhere I went, I just had a stumbling block here in Sacramento." news10.net

April 7, 2014 Updates

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the 10 members of the Class of 2014 to be honored August 7-9, 2014 during this year's Enshrinement Ceremonies. This year's list includes Immaculata University's AIAW National Championship teams of the early 1970s, seven-time NBA All-Star Alonzo Mourning, 1994 Naismith, NABC Coach of the Year Nolan Richardson, six-time NBA All-Star Mitch Richmond and NCAA National Championship coach Gary Williams. They join the five directly elected members who were announced during the NBA All-Star Weekend in February by distinguished committees focused on preserving all areas from the game of basketball. They include Bob Leonard voted in from the American Basketball Association (ABA) Committee, Nat Clifton from the Early African American Pioneers Committee, Sarunas Marciulionis from the International Committee, Guy Rodgers from the Veterans Committee and David Stern from the Contributor Direct Election Committee. NBA.com

April 6, 2014 Updates
April 4, 2014 Updates

One of the most beloved athletes in South Florida sports history is going into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Former Miami Heat center Alonzo Mourning received word Wednesday that he has been selected as a first-ballot inductee. For a professional athlete, there is no higher honor. Mourning, now an executive in the Heat’s front office, was at AmericanAirlines Arena on Thursday but did not speak with reporters. Miami Herald

April 3, 2014 Updates

The NBA doesn’t have a Hall of Fame, leaving the duty of honoring its all-time greats to the Basketball Hall of Fame – an organization hung up on honoring players and coaches (way too many coaches) based on accomplishments at lesser levels. Its processes are both screwed up and secretive (though maybe the former will get marginally better). Advice: Never predict who will be enshrined, and don’t dwell on who should be enshrined. It doesn’t make sense and won’t make sense. But that doesn’t mean we can’t take a few moments to honor those elected in what’s still a huge honor. Five former NBA players were finalists this year, and two were reportedly elected. In: Alonzo Mourning Mitch Richmond Out: Tim Hardaway Kevin Johnson Spencer Haywood NBCSports.com

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