Hall of Fame Rumors
Allen Iverson, Yao Ming, Shaquille O’Neal, Tom Izzo and Sheryl Swoopes are some of the top candidates for induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as the Hall begins its switch to a four-year waiting period for candidacy. This is one of the new rules for the Springfield, Massachusetts, shrine. The previous requirement was that a player be retired for five full seasons. Because of the enshrinement calendar, that meant players would be out of the game for six years before they could be inducted.
Yao Ming is overwhelmed his former team, the Houston Rockets, nominated him as a player for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. The Hall of Fame recently reduced the time players have to wait to be eligible from five full seasons to four.
The source told FOX 26 Sports Yao will be considered for selection by the Hall’s international committee. “It’s a shock,” Yao said in a telephone interview with FOX 26 Sports from Beijing, China. “Pretty excited and nervous too.
The Hall of Fame is making major changes to the election process, including reducing the wait for eligibility by one year in a move that could suddenly produce an unexpected mega-class of Shaquille O’Neal, Allen Iverson and Yao Ming in 2016, NBA.com has learned.