Mark Berman: Former Houston Comets star Tina Thompson e…

Mark Berman: Former Houston Comets star Tina Thompson elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Thompson in a statement from @TexasWBB: “I’m so overwhelmed by the honor of being selected into the Basketball Hall of Fame (@Hoophall).”

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Mark Berman: Hakeem Olajuwon (@DR34) on Rudy Tomjanovich, a finalist for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame: "He should make it. I'm the biggest fan of Coach. I'd be so honored and happy just to see him be inducted into the Hall of Fame."
Mark Berman: Hakeem Olajuwon (@DR34) on Rudy Tomjanovich a finalist for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame: "I think it would be ideal. It would be wonderful. It's overdue, well-deserved and I hope this time he makes it."
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!"
McGrady became emotional while recalling the story of attending an Adidas basketball camp in 1996 as an unknown high schooler. He was given jersey No. 175, reflecting his recruiting status, and then dominated a camp headlined by Lamar Odom. "The last guy to enter this camp and you give me that jersey: 175," said McGrady, who then turned away from the crowd while quickly collecting himself. "Nobody had a clue who Tracy McGrady was. [Adidas executive Sonny Vaccaro] gave me that platform and I played against the best players in the world at that time. I left that camp the No. 1 player in the nation, 175 to No. 1."
The significance of being inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame isn't lost on former NBA star Tracy McGrady "Social media can give a lot of people voices these days, and the first thing they say is 'No rings, no rings,'" McGrady said on Friday, in an appearance at the Hall of Fame's 60 Days of Summer Program. "You have to have a great team and some luck to get a ring, right? Unfortunately, I wasn't blessed with that. But I go back at them with this: Anybody can win a championship. Everybody can't get in the Hall of Fame."
McGrady may not have a ring, but he was perhaps the best player in the NBA for a short stretch of time in the early 2000s, and at his peak, he was a must-watch basketball event. It's not hard to see what the Hall of Fame voters saw when they decided to induct him this year. "It's such a surreal feeling," McGrady said. "Before coming to the NBA, I didn't know anything about the Hall of Fame. It wasn't like a goal of mine. I just loved to play the game of basketball, and whatever accomplishments I got after that, obviously I'd be thrilled. This right here, this is awesome. The Hall? Really? From my story, where I came from, if I'd known that I'd be enshrined in the Hall of Fame, it really doesn't get better than that."
Mark Berman: Tracy McGrady (@Tracy McGrady)will be honored by #Rockets Wed. Date set before election to Hall of Fame:"I'm overwhelmed,looking forward to it"
Jermaine O'Neal: @tmac213 we have been knowing each other as competitors for years and had some incredible battles! But most importantly we have been friends/brothers that has gone way beyond the playing surface! I just heard that you got the call for making the hall of fame which is incredible news! Bro I'm extremely proud of you for what you have done on and off the court! Keep being great my brother and let's keep pushing each other in this thing called life! #2017HOFCLASS #AllTimeGreat
Chauncey Billups‏: Congrats to my guy TMac on going into the Hall of Fame!! Well deserved.. Ben Wallace and CWebb should've been up there with you too. #HOF
“It doesn’t get any better than this,” McGrady said. “You’re talking about going into a class of greatness. Legendary. This is forever. It doesn’t matter how many playoff games you lost. What you didn’t accomplish. None of that matters. It’s what I did do. What I did accomplish over my career. To be honored with this prestigious award is phenomenal.”
Tracy McGrady: “This is not about being good. This is not about being great. This is about being with greatness. Greatness for your entire career and being honored for that greatness. With greatness, right? This is elite. It doesn’t matter how many championships. Anybody can be a champion. But everybody can’t be in the Hall of Fame. This is it. This is my championship.”
Scott Howard-Cooper: Tracy McGrady said he plans to ask Isiah Thomas to be his Hall presenter. Could add more later. Thomas drafted T-Mac with the #Raptors.
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced earlier today that former Chicago Bulls executive Jerry Krause has been selected as part of its Class of 2017.
KC Johnson: Reinsdorf on Krause: "This would've meant the world to Jerry. It further validates his legacy and what we all knew about his body of work."
Other inductees will be: Kansas coach Bill Self, UConn's Rebecca Lobo, Notre Dame women's coach Muffet McGraw, Fort Worth Dunbar coach Robert Hughes, Harlem Globetrotters owner Mannie Jackson, former NCAA executive Tom Jernstedt, Zack Clayton.
Scott Howard-Cooper: Nikos Galis elected to the Hall of Fame via International committee. Jersey guy, Celtics draft pick who had brilliant career in Europe.
It is unclear how, or if, those comments will impact the discussion of his Hall of Fame status, but Collins hopes the upcoming decision will focus on Hardaway's distinguished career. "With regards to the Hall of Fame, coming from an athlete, it's about basketball, and first and foremost it's about your contributions to the game," Collins said. "And he was one heck of a basketball player."
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.
It's a really touching moment. The two are on the set of The Jump , and Nichols tells him that she has been introducing him as "future Hall of Famer" for the show, and now it's actually going to come true, while McGrady says he has no idea what to say. A few years ago, McGrady said that he believes he belongs in the Hall of Fame, but he seemed truly shocked to hear the news from Nichols on Wednesday.
Jahlil Okafor: Congrats to @Allen Iverson on being elected to the Hall - one of the greatest to ever rep the Sixers & play the game
Nets center Brook Lopez's first encounter with Yao in a 2008 game still has him in awe today. "I think that was the smallest that I've ever felt," the 7-foot, 275-pound Lopez says. "Going up for the jump ball and then I do my first hook and he blocked it so easily. It was like nothing to him. It was really really a unique experience. I can't compare it to anything else."
Indeed, Yao's impact on basketball globally, specifically on fans in China, is well documented. His first meeting against Shaq drew a reported 200 million viewers in China -- more than the Super Bowl attracts. You see today how superstars often have endorsement deals with the country and make trips there every summer. Just last month, the NBA announced the Houston Rockets and New Orleans Pelicans will face off in two preseason games in China next season as part of the NBA's Global Games China series. The first game will be held Oct. 9 in Shanghai. The follow-up takes place Oct. 12 in Beijing. "They know everything about the game," says Lopez, who has visited China several times already either with the Nets or sponsors. "It is incredible. It is definitely not crazy to say that they are even crazier about basketball than we are here. It is amazing. There are so many different media publications, so many people following it. They really do love the game."
Magic Johnson: Congratulations to my good friend, @MSU_Basketball Head Coach Tom Izzo on being elected to @Hoophall! #16HoopClass
Jeff Zillgitt: Allen Iverson elected into Basketball Hall of Fame. Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, too.
Jeff Zillgitt: Shaquille O'Neal, Jerry Reinsdorf, Sheryl Swoopes and Yao Ming join Iverson, Izzo in 2016 Basketball Hall of Fame class.
The official announcement comes on Monday morning, but it appears Michigan State coach Tom Izzo will be part of this year’s Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class. According to posts on Twitter from Tim Brando and John Feinstein, Izzo made the cut.
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