Hall of Fame Rumors
Kobe Bryant is still four years away from being eligible, but the near-certain future Hall of Famer already has two people in mind for his induction. The five-time NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers said he would want Phil Jackson or Michael Jordan on stage with him at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Stephon Marbury is serious about attempting a comeback to the NBA at the age of 40. But even though he’s stil playing, he firmly believes he has solidified his Hall of Fame credentials because of his career in China and the United States. “My numbers are Hall of Fame. That’s it,” Marbury told SI Now. “That’s what it comes down to and what you’ve done,” he added. “My mark on basketball globally is beyond – it’s never been done before. Something that’s never been done before obviously, you have to show homage to that.”
Kobe Bryant: Well deserved Tmac. You were a beast in every aspect of the game. I hope your kids know and appreciate how cold their pops was #HallOfFame
Once reluctant to accept that he deserved a spot in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Tracy McGrady stood on stage at Springfield’s Symphony Hall on Friday night and firmly declared that he belongs alongside the game’s greatest players. “Yes, I deserve to be here,” said McGrady, the headliner of this year’s 11-person class, near the end of a powerful nine-minute induction speech that balanced a sense of vindication with an appreciation for all those who delivered him to this point. Upon arriving at the podium after an introduction video that offered an emphatic reminder of McGrady’s on-court excellence, he exulted by repeatedly screaming, “Yes!”