HoopsHype Hall of Fame rumors


November 1, 2013 Updates

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

October 28, 2013 Updates
October 25, 2013 Updates

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

October 24, 2013 Updates
October 8, 2013 Updates

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

As it stands, Schmidt's legacy in basketball is nearly unmatched, particularly outside of the United States. Like American fans talk about Kobe, LeBron, Magic, Michael and Larry, millions of Europeans and Brazilians simply refer to Schmidt using his first name. "Anytime you only have one name you're pretty famous," said Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni, who played against Schmidt in the Italian league. "If you just say Oscar, everybody knew who that was." SportsonEarth

For years, the Wizards were saved from true national punchline status by the Clippers. Now the Clippers are respectable, and apparently the Wizards have taken their place in all those jokes. Thus, this passage from Oscar Schmidt’s acceptance speech at the Basketball Hall of Fame on Sunday. (Watch it here.) “Then I must thank Cláudio Mortari,” Schmidt said, during a portion of his speech when he was thanking everyone. “This guy’s tough. This guy win wherever he goes. If he came to the Wizards, they win. Yes! I don’t know what championship he would win, but he’ll win.” Washington Post

Roger Brown became a Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer on Sunday, with another Hall of Famer telling people what the former Indiana Pacers superstar in the old ABA meant to the franchise. "People say that I put the Indiana Pacers on the map," Reggie Miller said. "No, it all started with Roger Brown." USA Today Sports

Brown, who died in 1997, was presented by Miller and Hall of Famer Mel Daniels, a teammate of Brown's. Brown's daughter, Gayle Brown Mayes, called it "a really special day" but "bittersweet" because of her father's absence. During the induction, Mayes was on the stage with Brown's son, Roger Jr., plus Miller and Daniels. Brown Jr. spoke on behalf of the family in a video played at the induction. He thanked Miller and Daniels, saying, "There is nothing more bestowing than having two Pacers legends usher in a fellow Pacer legend through the doors of the Hall of Fame." USA Today Sports

September 8, 2013 Updates

A few choice quotes from a clearly emotional Glove: "If anyone wants to know where I get my personality, just stop any one of my siblings, and it'll become very clear." "Everyone's asking me why (John Stockton) is the hardest person to guard instead of Michael Jordan. First off, that's my opinion. So that's how it's going to go." CBSSports.com

Marc Berman: King: "I treasured playing for the #Knicks. I was home." Thanks Woodson for his candidacy and Melo for "recognizing" his career. Twitter @NYPost_Berman

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