HoopsHype Hall of Fame rumors

February 15, 2014 Updates

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson on being named a finalist for the 2014 Basketball Hall of Fame: Via official statement from his office: “It is a tremendous honor to be chosen as a finalist for the Hall of Fame and I am sincerely humbled. It is especially gratifying to be recognized by the Committee for all of the hard work and effort we all put into the game. To be considered along with three great peers of mine, Tim (Hardaway), (Alonzo Mourning, and (Mitch Richmond), as well as (Spencer Haywood), is icing on the cake,” said Johnson. Sulia

Even after knowing he’d received the honor for a few days, longtime Knicks broadcaster John Andariese still had a hard time accepting he’d been named the Curt Gowdy Award winner for electronic media Friday, the same day the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, which gives out the Gowdy Award, announced the first five members of its 2014 induction class. “It was a surprise during this past week, and it was a very nice thing to go into,” Andariese told The Post by phone. “I almost thought, ‘My gosh. How can this happen?’ I guess I’m a little older here now or something, though I have the feelings of someone more youthful, believe it or not. “It’s just a thrill. It’s still inside of me right now that [feeling of], ‘Is this really happening?’ It’s been a long time.” New York Post

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Tom Gola, the Hall of Famer who led La Salle to the 1954 NCAA title, still holds the Division I record for career rebounds and helped the Philadelphia Warriors win the 1956 NBA championship, died Sunday. He was 81. Gola’s wife, Caroline, said he died at St. Joseph’s Manor in Meadowbrook. Gola was seriously injured in 2003 after he fell and hit his head on a curb and was in a coma for several days. Washington Times

January 25, 2014 Updates

Standing in a tunnel at American Airlines Center in Dallas earlier this season, Cuban gushed describing an athlete of such talent and grit that the Basketball Hall of Fame should induct him now, rather than waiting for retirement. “He’s a first-ballot Hall of Famer,” says Cuban. “People around here say we have to get Dirk another title. I want to get Vince a title as bad as I want to get Dirk another one. He’s made us a smarter, better organization. He comes to play. He takes charges—he takes pride in taking charges. Like all of us, he’s grown up. I want him to stay here the rest of his career.” SportsNet

November 23, 2013 Updates

When Kidd had forsaken the Mavericks to join the New York Knicks after his contract with the Mavericks expired in 2012, after having committed to return, Cuban said he'd never consider retiring Kidd's number. And now? "I just have to decide how to do it, because there's a lot of guys from those years' teams," Cuban said. "While J. Kidd is a Hall of Famer, he wasn't really a Hall of Famer who spent most of his career here. He had some great years here, but so did a lot of guys. It's not really a reflection on J. Kidd. It's more a reflection of how I want to deal with it. Do I want to do a Ring of Honor? Put a team in and honor all the guys on the team? I don't know. I haven't decided yet." Dallas Morning News

November 5, 2013 Updates

Bernard King says he dealt with racism off the court that included clashes with police while starring for Tennessee in the 1970s. In an ESPN "30 for 30" documentary airing today, King said that former Volunteers coach Ray Mears warned him that he'd heard some local officers would "do anything to get him." King, the first former Tennessee player inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, cites one incident in which he says an officer hit him in the head with the butt of his gun while responding to a loitering report. The documentary, "Bernie and Ernie," focuses on the friendship of King and ex-college teammate Ernie Grunfeld. Philadelphia Inquirer

November 3, 2013 Updates

Walt Bellamy, the Hall of Fame center who averaged 20.1 points and 13.7 rebounds in 14 seasons in the NBA, died Saturday. He was 74. The Atlanta Hawks confirmed the death, but didn't provide details. The Hawks said Bellamy attended the team's home opener Friday night. "Walt Bellamy was an enormously gifted Hall of Fame player who had a tremendous impact on our game," NBA Commissioner David Stern said in a statement released by the league. "Off the court, he was an even more extraordinary person. Walt is going to be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. On behalf of the entire NBA family, our condolences and thoughts go out to Walt's family." ESPN.com

November 1, 2013 Updates

Eager to honor and celebrate the great players, coaches and executives who have been a part of their illustrious 25-year history, the Orlando Magic are planning to create a Magic Hall of Fame that will be on display at the Amway Center. NBA.com

Nick Anderson, the first player ever drafted by the Magic and now a community ambassador for the franchise, made a strong push right away for Williams to be the first inductee into the Magic Hall of Fame. Anderson lauded Williams for being a father figure and a motivator for him, and he said there would be no Magic in Orlando if not for the legendary vision of Williams. NBA.com

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Bill Sharman, a Hall of Fame basketball player and coach who guided the Lakers to their first National Basketball Assn. title in Los Angeles in record- setting fashion, has died. He was 87. Sharman, who coached teams to championships in three professional leagues and also played professional baseball, died. Friday at his home in Redondo Beach, said his wife, Joyce. He had suffered a stroke last weekend. He collected 15 championship rings as a player, coach, general manager, team president and special consultant, serving in all capacities but player in more than 35 years with the Lakers. As a coach, he introduced the bane of night-owl players everywhere, the morning shoot-around on game day. Los Angeles Times

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Artis Gilmore and Stan Albeck, key figures on the early 1980s Spurs teams that could never quite get past the hated Los Angeles Lakers, will headline the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014. Also slated for induction are the late Joe Straus, Sr., a former Spurs investor and standout athlete, and the 2009 McAllister Park team that reached the Little League World Series. The induction ceremony will be held Feb. 1 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. San Antonio Express-News

September 15, 2013 Updates

But last Sunday, there was Guerin, old No. 9, a scrappy guard from the Bronx, posing for pictures with another high-scoring Knick, slick forward Bernard King from Brooklyn, two of 12 inductees into the 2013 Basketball Hall of Fame. "It was overwhelming for two reasons," said Guerin, who lived in Huntington during his Knicks years (1956-63) and returned to Long Island in 1980 after his NBA coaching career to live in Plandome Manor when he worked on Wall Street. He has spent the last 15 years as a retired snowbird, splitting time between Westhampton Beach and West Palm Beach, Fla. Newsday

September 9, 2013 Updates

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