Hall of Fame Rumors

It’s not uncommon for high school athletes to play games in front of their parents. But for Crossroads School’s Shareef O’Neal, it’s an experience unlike any other. O’Neal played Saturday in front of his father, Shaquille O’Neal, in the Hoophall Classic, a tournament hosted by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame that enshrined his dad in September. “My dad is always there to support me,” said Shareef, ranked No. 18 in the ESPN 60 for the class of 2018,. “He doesn’t really come to a lot of games this year because he’s always working and we’re always traveling. He was right under the basket – he wasn’t hard to miss.”
Does he worry his comments will affect his chances to one day be selected for the Hall of Fame, or at getting another job in the NBA? “I’m at a stage in my life where that doesn’t come on my plate very much,” Karl said. “There have been times where I’ve been defined as a (future) Hall-of-Fame coach. I can’t do anything about that. If my opinion affects my outcome, then maybe I don’t deserve to be in the Hall of Fame.”
Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts, who coached under Karl in the past, responded to the comments on Wednesday night. It’s obvious that Stotts was very bothered by what Karl said about his star player. Stotts said: “As you know, I owe a lot to George. I got my start in coaching with George. I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for him. He’s a successful coach. That being said, if he wants to diminish his chances for the Hall of Fame, if he wants to undermine his chances at being a head coach again in this league, if he wants to settle old scores with GMs or players or whoever else, that’s his prerogative.”
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The list of eligible candidates for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2017 was announced Wednesday afternoon, headlined by former NBA stars Mark Aguirre, Muggsy Bogues, Maurice Cheeks, Tim Hardaway, Tracy McGrady, Sidney Moncrief, Mark Price, Ben Wallace and Chris Webber.