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“Part of me hopes I don’t get in because if you aren’t in, people still talk about you. Once you go in you’re kind of the old cow they put out to pasture and they forget about you. At the end of the day, the most important thing is that the cities I played in know that I brought them championships and the teammates I played with know they had the best teammate they could ever have.”
What’s more, Horry’s seven championships is the most of any NBA player not a Celtic. Horry is considered one of the league’s ultimate winners and played a pivotal part in all of his seven titles, which begs the question, is he a Hall of Famer? Horry says yes. “The crazy thing about the Hall of Fame is if you look at the history of basketball, there’s a lot of guys with less stats than me,” he said. “If I don’t get in, fine. If I get in, fine. Half the guys in the Hall haven’t accomplished half the things I have, so I’m not worried about that.
Jason Kidd is the latest Dallas Mavericks player to be considered for the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. The nominees for the 2016 Class were announced earlier this month. Voting members of the organization determine the enshrinees, who will be announced in September. Mavericks already enshrined include Rolando Blackman.
In a nod to the notion that there are three teams involved in every basketball game – the home team, the road team and the referee team – the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame is adding former NBA referee Bob Delaney to its Board of Trustees, a league source told NBA.com.
Former basketball star Chauncey Billups and Mike Pritchard, the most valuable player on Colorado’s 1990 national championship football team, highlight a distinguished list of 11 members who will be inducted into CU’s Athletic Hall of Fame. The 2015 class was announced Monday. The formal induction ceremony is Nov. 5 at the Coors Events Center in Boulder.
First I just wanted to get your reaction as head of the NBA Coaches’ Association to the Hall’s decision not to induct Bill Fitch again this year. Rick Carlisle, coach, Dallas Mavericks: Well, we’re disappointed that Bill Fitch didn’t get inducted this year. We know that we need to continue to educate everyone on Coach Fitch’s accomplishments, because they are unique. He’s third all time in games coached with over 2500. He took five different franchises to deep lottery to either championships, Finals, Conference Finals, or playoff success. When you take on those kinds of challenges, you’re going to have more losses. His coaching record doesn’t shine as bright as some other people that are in (ed note: Fitch has a career .460 win percentage), but with over 25 years of longevity and some of the things he did to change the game, for example, he was one of the early guys using video, to teach players and for scouting. He was a pioneer in that area. He’s one of the most well-thought of competitors in the history of our game.
Phil Jackson: Congrats in order, Spencer Haywood…heard you are going in as a NY Knick. I remember the great Olympic Games you had in 69′.
Celtics legend Jo Jo White and his wife Debbie received a phone call from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on April 1, and for a fleeting moment, they thought it might be a cruel April Fools’ Day joke. White, whose NBA career ended in 1981, had been waiting patiently since then, wondering if people might forget him before he could be remembered forever. But when the Whites realized Hall of Fame president and CEO John Doleva was on the line, they knew this was no prank. “I wanted you to be the first one that I called,” Debbie recalled Doleva saying, “because it is long overdue.”
Though his best years came in Seattle, the Knicks nominated Haywood for the Hall a few years ago because the Sonics franchise moved to Oklahoma City and has no historical connection. No jersey is attached to the entrance, but Haywood told The Post, “I’m going in as a Knick.’’
“The NCAA is still mad at me. The NBA is still mad at me for suing them. Everybody still holds some little resentment. The NCAA sees me and coaches see me, they say, ‘Dammit, I would have had these guys for four years if it wasn’t for that guy right there.’ ” It’s an exaggeration. The NBA and the Hall are tight. All David Stern or Adam Silver had to do was nod in the direction of Springfield and Haywood’s application paperwork would have been misplaced years ago. Jerry Colangelo, the ultimate NBA insider as a former owner and current head of Team USA, championed Haywood’s candidacy and made sure he is invited when USA Basketball makes camp in Las Vegas most summers.
He flew from Vegas to Indianapolis too, this time without the confusion and the empty feeling at the end. He flew from Vegas to Indianapolis because he had traveled all the other roads before. “I just sat down and cried,” Haywood told NBA.com of his reaction to getting the news. “It was tears of joy. It wasn’t about anything but being overwhelmed with joy. It was like a child being expelled from home and finally your mama tells you, ‘Boy, you’d better come on home now.’ And that’s where I am now. At home. With the rest of my family. All of the Hall of Famers.
He would not leave the house. In the house, he took the phone anytime he dared leave the couch. Even with the phone in a breast pocket, he was hesitant to use the bathroom, in case the call came at an inopportune time. The call came. Spencer Haywood, at home in Las Vegas last Wednesday, was back on the couch. John Doleva, the president of the Hall of Fame, was on the other end, in Springfield, Mass. Good news. It was April Fool’s Day, and Haywood did not flinch. It was years in coming, maybe even decades, and Haywood did not hesitate. “He said, ‘Spencer, you’re in,’ ” Haywood recalled. “And we both yell out at each other like, ‘Glory be to God!’ What a beautiful thing. Because I had faced the other side of it. He would always say, ‘The cream always rises to the top.’ I’d say, ‘But Kareem is not here.’ ”
Micky Arison: Congratulations to Dikembe @officialmutombo #HOF2015 well deserved. Sorry to see Tim’s not on the list yet but will be soon #deserving.
Jeff Zillgitt: Basketball Hall of Fame trying to raise $20 million for improvements, enhancements. HOF chairman Jerry Colangelo said half already raised.
Scott Howard-Cooper: Spencer Haywood’s long wait is over: He has been elected to the Hall of Fame, I am told. Anmouncement at 11 ET on NBA TV, NBAcom.
Jeff Goodman: Sources also told ESPN that Calipari barely got into the Hall of Fame with the necessary 18 votes (out of 24).
Jeff Goodman: John Calipari will be elected into the Hall of Fame, sources told ESPN. Bo Ryan did not receive enough votes this year. Need 18/24 votes.
Dwain Price: Ex-#Mavs G Rolando Blackman and ex-Mavs coach Quinn Buckner will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame this fall. The Hall of Fame ceremony for Rolando Blackman (Kansas State) and Quinn Buckner (Indiana) will be held Nov. 20 in Kansas City.
Among them, Karl plans to consider the assistant-coaching candidacy of Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Kentucky coach John Calipari and four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year Dikembe Mutombo are among the finalists for the Basketball Hall of Fame’s 2015 class. The Hall of Fame announced its 2015 nominees Saturday. The Class of 2015 will be announced April 6. Calipari and Mutombo are joined by longtime NBA referee Dick Bavetta, five-time NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway, three-time All-Star Kevin Johnson, three-time WNBA MVP Lisa Leslie, Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan, seven-time All-Star Jo Jo White, four-time All-Star Spencer Haywood, former NBA coach Bill Fitch and high school coaches Robert Hughes and Leta Andrews as finalists.