HoopsHype Mitch Richmond rumors
Regardless of the outcome, the two friends and former foes that represent the best of Sacramento and Seattle’s storied basketball histories hope that a resolution comes soon. If anything, for the sake of closure for two proud fanbases. “They’ve been going through some mixed emotions,” Richmond said of the ordeal Kings fans have experienced these last two years. ”But hopefully, you know it all works out. Going through some tough times right now, but hopefully they can continue to keep that team, build them a new arena, get the city back excited again and go from there.” Cowbell Kingdom
Mitch Richmond on his conversation with friend & former Sonic Gary Payton on #SacKings/Seattle situation: Richmond has been named a finalist to the hall of fame along with Payton. The two, who are close friends, have talked about the possibility of Richmond's old team becoming Payton's if the Kings move to Seattle. "Yeah, we talked about that. He wants his jersey up and I don't want my jersey down. So I think it's a little bit combination of both. But hopefully, Sacramento works something out (so) that they can continue to keep the team." Sulia
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today, at NBA All-Star Weekend in Houston, an elite list of players and coaches, as the 12 finalists from the North American and Women's committees to be considered for election in 2013. The recognition of being honored as a Hall of Fame finalist is a career highlight in the sport of basketball. This year's list includes six first-time finalists: five-time NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway, three-time National Coach of the Year Sylvia Hatchell, two-time NBA Championship coach Tom Heinsohn, nine-time NBA All-Star Gary Payton, five-time WNBA All-Star Dawn Staley and six-time NBA All-Star Mitch Richmond. Previous finalists included again this year for consideration are four-time NBA All-Star Maurice Cheeks, four-time NBA All-Star Spencer Haywood, four-time NBA All-Star Bernard King, five- time NCAA Final Four coach Guy Lewis, six-time NCAA Final Four coach Rick Pitino and four-time NCAA Final Four coach Jerry Tarkanian. The Class of 2013 will be unveiled at the NCAA Final Four in April. NBA.com
Mitch Richmond, the former Warriors’ guard, will be joining NBA TV’s host Rick Kamla and analyst Steve Smith on the Warriors’ preview show at 3:30 p.m. Friday. Additionally, the Warriors will play an exhibition game against the Portland Trail Blazers at 7 p.m. Friday on NBA TV. San Francisco Chronicle
Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond, Jerry Krause and Vlade Divac top the list of new nominees with league ties for the Hall of Fame, NBA.com learned Friday. They are among a field that joins returning headliner Reggie Miller as candidates for the Class of 2012 in Springfield, Mass. The group is, in many ways, a continuation of the '11 class. Chris Mullin was inducted in August, and now friends and Run TMC namemates Richmond and Hardaway are hoping to follow. The strength of the Divac nomination is his international impact and contribution to the worldwide growth of the game, much the same way Arvydas Sabonis was elected, with his NBA contributions secondary on the resume. NBA.com
After Mullin was elected to the Hall, new Warriors owner Joe Lacob logically declared that the franchise would retire Mullin’s No. 17 at a future date. Mullin suggests retiring all three jersey numbers at the same time — Run TMC lifted into the rafters at Oracle Arena in one unifying, thunderous moment? “I would like that,” Mullin said this week. “I think the fans would like it, too. … To me, it doesn’t always have to be about one person. I know I’d feel more comfortable. That would feel natural to me.” San Jose Mercury-News
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