Hall of Fame Rumors
CBSSports.com: You played on Dream Team II, do you feel like that team has been overlooked? Some critics have called the team arrogant or cocky. Dominique Wilkins: Look at that team, man. You tell me if you think they were overlooked. There are so many Hall of Famers on that team. If the arrogance comes from the attitude on winning, then I’ll buy that. As far as guys, that was a great group of guys. We had fun together, there wasn’t an arrogant guy on that team.
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.
“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.”
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.