Mark Berman: Rudy Tomjanovich, in an interview with FOX 26 Sports: “You don’t know how you’re gonna feel. I know how I felt when I didn’t hear what we wanted to hear and it was disappointing. It didn’t ruin my life, but hearing that call, unbelievably the things that popped up into my head..” pic.twitter.com/8bSB6ynA5z
Mark Berman: Rudy Tomjanovich on being a member of Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame: “It’s almost surreal..It’s almost a numbness that happened when we won the championships. It didn’t really sink in until I went to another state & I saw some highlights of us & oh my God,that’s us..” pic.twitter.com/vAGYMktjpE
Mark Berman: Rudy Tomjanovich on joining the best of the best in @Hoophall: “It’s just really awesome to think about those kind of things. I was such a fan of the game.When I was a kid we didn’t have much money and my mother would go to the second hand stores and get me all these yearbooks..” pic.twitter.com/FezRCnCLlM
Tim Reynolds: "Obviously, we wish that he was here with us to celebrate. But it’s definitely the peak of his NBA career and every accomplishment that he had as an athlete was a stepping-stone to be here. So we’re incredibly proud of him." -- Vanessa Bryant, on Kobe, via ESPN's broadcast.
Bill Oram: Upon Kobe Bryant’s posthumous selection to the Hall of Fame, Jeanie Buss says “no one deserves it more.” Lakers GM Rob Pelinka: “Now a part of you will live in the Hall with the rest of the all-time greats.” (via @Los Angeles Lakers) pic.twitter.com/9B0Gvzl3wq
Dane Moore: Statement from Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor on Kevin Garnett’s induction to the Hall of Fame: pic.twitter.com/LxdDhFyD1i
Mark Berman: Hakeem Olajuwon (@Hakeem Olajuwon) on Rudy Tomjanovich joining him in @Hoophall: “It’s no question it’s well-deserved.I’m very, very happy it finally came true.I’ve been hoping it would happen for a long time. What he has done for the game of basketball speaks for itself. I’m proud of him”
Mark Berman: Clyde Drexler on Rudy Tomjanovich joining him in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (@Hoophall): “Finally, Rudy T gets in the Hall of Fame. He gets his just due as a coach. He could’ve been in as a player as well. He was a phenomenal player. Rudy’s a great guy...” pic.twitter.com/CWfnAsFPlM
Marc Stein: Kobe Bryant is officially a Hall of Fame
Shams Charania: Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett will be inducted into the Naismith Basketball @Hoophall Class of 2020, sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium. Formal announcements will be made on Saturday.
Mark Berman: Wow! NBA sources: Former #Rockets Coach Rudy Tomjanovich elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Some may double-take when they realize Hardaway isn’t in, as one of the league’s most decorated and feared players during the ’90s, but he isn’t and doesn’t feel like his time will ever come. “It would be great, solidify my career,” Hardaway said in a candid conversation with Yahoo Sports. “[But] I’m not gonna beg for nothing. I've never begged for nothing in my life.”
He was a five-time All-Star, making the All-NBA Second Team three times, and the first and third teams once each. “It doesn’t make a lot of sense,” Stan Van Gundy told Yahoo Sports. “There’s a few guys who haven’t gotten in yet but will get in … but the only guys who haven’t gotten in are Tim, Ben Wallace and Kevin Johnson. Five times, All-NBA? Top 15 in the NBA and for Tim, top 10? That’s really high-level stuff. That’s being the best of the best for long periods of time and that’s generally what they look at. How were you in your era?”
"Alonzo [Mourning] got in the Hall and that’s great, but Tim was our best player. A lot of people would tell you in Golden State, Richmond and Mullin got in, and numerous basketball people tell me Tim was their best player. I’m not saying those other guys don’t belong there, they do. I’m just saying Tim belongs with them."
This plan is subject to change as we, like many others in the sports and entertainment industry, will be monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely in the coming weeks. As a reminder, our museum in Springfield remains closed until May 1st.
Chris Bosh: How to Deal With Dissapointment I’m not gonna lie and I’ll get right to it, I’m disappointed I won’t be in the HOF this year, especially with this amazing class of players I have looked up to throughout my career. BUT sometimes things don’t work out the way you want, and you HAVE to move on. You can’t sit around feeling sorry for yourself or blaming other people.
To keep the list short this time, the direct-elect categories that send one person each straight to the Hall – no finalist round for them – have been suspended. That includes the men’s and women’s veterans committees, the early African-American committee and the contributor committee. The exception this year is the international committee, which still will select a Hall of Famer to be announced with the actual Class of 2020 at the NCAA men’s Final Four April 4 in Atlanta. Said Colangelo: “Because of the enormity, even before Kobe’s death, we think Kobe and Duncan and Garnett bring to [this] … we’ve never had a class that strong at the top. And then with Kobe’s death, it added more focus.”
The upside of waiting? Not to get “lost in the shuffle,” as Colangelo described it. “Sad as it all is, we have to deal with that,” Colangelo said. “And life does go on in the world of basketball and the Hall of Fame. We don’t want to take away from the people here who are prospective inductees.” Asked if the 2020 ceremony in Springfield might be different as well from recent editions, the Hall chairman said: “Let’s put it this way: There’s a great sensitivity as a result, and so that leads to probably a little bit different than in the past. But it’s going to be done the right way.”
In one of the most anticipated Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame classes in years, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan headline the finalists up for induction in August. The finalists were announced on Friday at NBA All-Star Weekend, and Hall of Fame chairman Jerry Colangelo said they kept the class small this year because of the magnitude of the players who are expected to reach the Hall. Colangelo said that was the plan before Kobe Bryant’s death.
“When we met in Dallas after his death, we had to deal with that, and the way we dealt (with) it is that we weren’t going to submit a lot of names,” Colangelo said. “We were going to make it a small class. We want everyone to get their due, and that’s important and sensitive.”
To keep the class small, the Hall of Fame has suspended three direct election categories – Men’s and Women’s Veterans Committees, the Early African American Pioneer Committee, and the Contributor Committee – for one year. The International Committee will still induct a direct-elect candidate.
Chris Bosh will not be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. Bosh, 35, was not one of the eight finalists named Friday at All-Star Weekend in Chicago for induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Bosh still has time to get into the Hall of Fame and he’s expected to get inducted at some point, but 2020 marked the first year he was eligible for consideration after his playing career came to an end in 2016.
Mark Berman: Rudy Tomjanovich is once again a finalist for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (@HoopHall): “It’s always an honor. I’m touched and moved by it. Always hope for the best.”
Jonathan Feigen: Tomjanovich, Bill Russell and K.C. Jones are the only coaches to have won more than one championship (excluding active coaches Steve Kerr, Erik Spoelstra and Gregg Popovich) to not be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Jones and Russell are in as players.
Stefan Bondy: Class of 2020 Hall of Fame finalists: Tim Duncan Kevin Garnett Kobe Bryant Kim Mulkey Rudy Tomjanovich Barbara Stevens Eddie Sutton Tamika Catchings
Tim Reynolds: Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O'Neal going in as Gowdy winners as well in a new category -- Transformative Media. And Jim Gray goes in as well, in another new Gowdy category: The Insight Media Award.
Tim Reynolds: This year's Curt Gowdy Media Award winners by the Basketball Hall of Fame: print journalist Michael Wilbon, who spent three decades at the Washington Post.
Shams Charania: Kobe Bryant will be a first-ballot enshrinement into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2020. "Expected to be arguably the most epic class ever with Kobe, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett," HOF chairman Jerry Colangelo says. "Kobe will be honored the way he should be."
Durant, one of the best players in NBA history, says Williams is a Hall of Famer: “I mean Lou Will’s probably the No. 1 guy. I feel like he’s a Hall of Famer,” Durant told Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles on the Knuckle Heads Podcast. “Yeah, I feel like he’s of those guys that is a culture-changer as far as like setting the lane for NBA players, you know? Being that undersized, 6’2, 6’3.”
Gary Washburn: 2020 Naismith Hall of Fame Class could include: Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett & Gregg Popovich. Pop would have already been elected but refused consideration. He apparently told HOF he would accept consideration once Duncan was eligible. Well... #Spurs #Celtics #Lakers
Metta, who made the NBA all-defensive team 4 times and was an All-American in college, said it's not just him who believe he's one of the best ever ... some of the best ever believe it too. "When you get Reggie Miller saying, 'He's the best defender ever.' You get Kobe saying, 'He's the best defender ever on the wing.' Michael Jordan [praised me] early on in my career, it's documented." Despite all that love, Metta says people don't want him enshrined ... and he knows why. "A lot of people don't wanna see me in that Hall of Fame. I never really was afraid to speak my mind. I never submitted to being that corporate person. I never gave a f*ck. So, It's gonna be hard to get in."
TMZ Sports spoke with future Hall of Famer Lou Williams on Tuesday night ... and yeah, you read that correctly ... 'cause the L.A. Clippers star says he's deserving of a spot in Springfield!!! We spoke with the 2-time Sixth Man of the Year award winner at the Ethika pop-up shop in L.A. on Tuesday night ... and asked if he's done enough to join the game's best players in the Hall if he's named the league's best bench player again. "Yeah, I've seen guys in the Hall of Fame with less. I've put the work in," the 14-year NBA veteran tells us.
Vlade Divac got the Hall call Saturday as the international committee’s selection for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019. Is it only a matter of time for Toni Kukoc? “I definitely think he deserves it,” longtime teammate and Class of 2010 Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen said. “He was a huge piece for us. You look at the game today, teams have the Big Three now. Toni was a part of that puzzle for us. He was productive and deserves a lot of credit for our success.”
Kukoc, who was elected to the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2017, has been a finalist for enshrinement in Springfield, Mass., twice. “I’ve seen some things go on in the Hall of Fame that really have been a little bit shocking,” Pippen said. “I’ve seen some guys get in where I think Toni and Ron (Harper) definitely had a lot better career than those guys. I think they’re getting a little bit of a knock-back because they were part of a team with me and Michael (Jordan). But those guys are winners. “It was a great journey to play my career alongside Toni, even though he came over as one of the enemies. We grew together and had a lot of success and a lot of fun.”
Mark Berman: Bill Fitch on being elected into Naismith HOF: "It's a great honor..When I go in I know I'm taking a lot of ass'ts that worked for me a lot & of players that played 4me that may not make it-If I had to thank everybody responsible for my being in the Hall it would take a lifetime"
Adrian Wojnarowski: Three prominent finalists for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame's Class of 2019 -- Marques Johnson, Ben Wallace and Chris Webber – were not selected for enshrinement, sources tell ESPN.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Via the International Committee, Vlade Divac has been chosen for induction into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2019, sources tell ESPN. He’s one of seven NBA players with 13K points, 9K rebounds, 3K assists and 1,500 blocks. Divac had a storied FIBA career.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Remember, Divac and Webber are finalists in different categories. Webber, North American group; Divac, International. Every year, there's one international inductee slotted into Springfield. Divac's international resume is Hall-worthy on its own -- even if he never came to NBA.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sidney Moncrief has been elected into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019, sources tell ESPN. A formal announcement will come Saturday in Minneapolis. Moncrief was a five-time All-Star and five-time All-NBA guard with the Milwaukee Bucks.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Bobby Jones has been selected for enshrinement into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2019, sources tell ESPN. As a forward, he was NBA All-Defensive first-team eight times with the 76ers, and twice ABA All-Defensive first-team. Formal announcement on Saturday.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Paul Westphal has been elected into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame's Class of 2019, sources tell ESPN. Westphal was a 5-time All-Star and 4-time All-NBA guard. As a coach, he was 318-279 (.532) with a trip to NBA Finals and two conference semifinals with Suns.
Mark Berman: ICYMI: NBA sources: Former @Houston Rockets, @Marc D'Amico , @Cleveland Cavaliers, @Brooklyn Nets and @LAClippers Coach Bill Fitch will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Fitch led Boston to the NBA championship in 1981 and the Rockets to the NBA Finals in 1986.
Jack Sikma, who in 1979 helped lead the Seattle SuperSonics to their only NBA championship, has been selected for induction to the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA., a source told Sportspress Northwest. The official announcement will be made at 9 a.m. Saturday PT (ESPN2) in Minneapolis, site of the Final Four.
Marc J. Spears: Basketball pioneer Chuck Cooper, the first African-American drafted in NBA history, will be named into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday, a source told ESPN's The Undefeated.
Mark Berman: NBA sources: Former #Rockets, Celtics, Cavaliers, Nets and Clippers Coach Bill Fitch will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
The 2019 Hall of Fame class will be announced at the upcoming NCAA Men’s Final Four in Minneapolis. “Sidney was the epitome of a professional basketball player, in all aspects,’’ Buckner said. “He was skilled, intelligent, courteous, respectful, played at a high level and played every night at a high level. I don’t think there’s any question he was as good a two-way player that I’ve played with. Sidney was a basketball player – period. “I really hope Sidney does get into the Hall. He was really great for the game and he’s a terrific human being.’’
Ben Wallace didn’t expect to take a call Friday that he was one of the finalists for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. "I'm still trying to soak it all in, take it all in," Wallace said Saturday, a day after the announcement. "It's definitely nerve-wracking, exciting, not really knowing. There are a lot of players still on that waiting list who haven't had that opportunity to get this far. So, I'm just thankful and grateful and just enjoying this moment right now."
Wallace hopes to be inducted but will also enjoy the position he's in now. "I understand how the process works," he said. "I'm not jumping too far ahead of myself or starting to write speeches or anything like that. I'm just taking it one step at a time. It's exciting to be nominated as one of the finalists, and I can only imagine what type of feeling I actually would have if I were to get in."
Jonathan Feigen: Will post some quotes shortly, but you cannot believe how gracious Rudy T was when I told him he was not a Hall of Fame finalist. He always is, but this was off the charts. For starters: "That's wonderful that Del (Harris) got that. I’m so happy for Del. Wonderful."
Jonathan Feigen: Rudy T: "It doesn’t change how I feel about myself and what happened in my life. It’s been like a storybook. Just to be talking about it is a privilege. I don’t want anyone to think I’m upset. I know who Rudy is and where I came from."
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today, at NBA All-Star Weekend, that the “Voice of the Clippers,” Ralph Lawler, alongside longtime NBA reporter Marc Stein, is a 2019 Curt Gowdy Media Award recipient. Lawler will be acknowledged for his contributions to basketball media during the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement events Sept. 5-7 in Springfield, Massachusetts – the birthplace of basketball.
“I can hardly believe this is happening. Never in my wildest dreams did I dare to imagine that my career would culminate with this ultimate honor,” said Lawler. “My wife and I are thrilled and humbled to be joining the elite group that preceded me with the Curt Gowdy Award. Thanks to everyone who helped make this a reality.”
Jonathan Feigen: Bill Fitch on being a finalist for the Hall of Fame Class of `19: "I've been a finalist before. I don't get excited about that. It's kind of a funny business. I've always been happier when some of my players got in."
Mark Berman: Bill Fitch is a finalist for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He got the word from @Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle: "I talked to Rick a little while ago.He told me about it.I told him getting into the Hall of Fame,I suppose,means more to the people I've been around.."
Jonathan Feigen: Fitch on Rudy Tomjanovich not being a finalist: "I'm sure he'll get in. I gave him his first coaching job. He and Carroll (Dawson) were my assistant. I figure Carroll ought to get both of us in. He'll get in."
Eric Woodyard: Detroit Pistons legend Ben Wallace is a finalist for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Matt Velazquez: Former Bucks Marques Johnson, Sidney Moncrief and Jack Sikma are all finalists for the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Mark Berman: Former #Rockets coach Bill Fitch is a finalist once again for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Scott Cacciola: Big congratulations to our guy @Marc Stein, honored by the Basketball Hall of Fame with the Curt Gowdy Award for excellence in print journalism.
Tim Reynolds: Ralph Lawler of the Clippers is the Curt Gowdy enshrinee for electronic media. “Ralph has been a pioneer in his field, and we have been fortunate to hear him for 40 years. His love for the game and this team are on display every night,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.
John Stockton, Karl Malone and Jerry Sloan could get some Utah Jazz company in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame if the stars and votes align correctly. Jazz greats Ron Boone and Mark Eaton have both been honored as eligible candidates for Hall of Fame recognition for the first time. Boone and Eaton are among a group that includes a few other local ties. Utah native and legendary coach Dick Motta, ex-Utah Stars player Willie Wise, who was on the 1971 ABA championship team, and Jennifer Azzi, formerly of the Utah Starzz in the WNBA, are also on the ballot.
Among the other notable nominees: Sloan’s old friend Johnny “Red” Kerr, Del Harris, Curt Gowdy, Marv Albert, Jim Valvano, Billy Packer, Vlade Divac, Toni Kukoc, the 1936 U.S. Olympic team, Chris Webber, Tim Hardaway, Rip Hamilton, Dale Ellis, Marcus Camby, Muggsy Bogues, Chauncey Billups, Mark Aguirre, Jack Sikma, Ben Wallace, Sidney Moncrief, Bobby Jones, Kevin Johnson, Rudy Tomjanovich, George Karl, Bob Huggins, Cotton Fitzsimmons, Bill Fitch, Rick Adelman, Rollie Massimino and Gene Keady.
Does Stephon Marbury belong in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame? When asked by AmicoHoops on Twitter if he thinks he should be a Hall-of-Famer, Marbury didn’t hold back. “My #’s are HOF and no one in basketball has ever done what I’ve done,” Marbury wrote. “Two statues while playing and a museum to get energy from whenever I want. Do you really think I care about the hall of fame when my numbers are. I have to take me out of this because the hate is serious.”
Tommy Beer: Only four players in NBA history have averaged 20+ points, nine rebounds and more than four assists per game over the full course of their careers: Wilt Chamberlain, Larry Bird, Elgin Baylor and ... Chris Webber. No idea how C-Webb is still not in the Hall of Fame.
Mark Berman: Jeff Van Gundy is "stunned" and "shocked" that Rudy Tomjanovich, a finalist for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, doesn't get elected to the Hall again: "Everything he's done in coaching says elite..I just don't get it."
Yahoo Sports NBA: The newest members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame: Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, Grant Hill, Ray Allen, Maurice Cheeks, Tina Thompson, Charles Driesell, Charlie Scott, Rick Welts, Rod Thorn, Dino Radja, Katie Smith, Ora Mae Washington
September 22, 2021 | 2:15 am EDT Update
There are many who believed then and continue to insist now that Damian Lillard was about ready to ask out; a source with knowledge of the situation believes Lillard is held back by both his loyalty to Portland and an unwillingness to go back on things he’s already said about sticking things out. He ultimately decided to give this another go, and Lillard has been provided roster upgrades and had a big voice in the coaching search. He may still ask out down the road, but only time will tell how long this honeymoon lasts.
It is clear Simmons wants out though and when you consider that alongside his poor form in the playoffs, the Sixers have little leverage to work with and the offers have reflected that. “The Sixers are yet to find a deal they are willing to do,” Wojnarowski said. “They want Ben Simmons in camp, they want to see his trade value improve and then find a deal out in the marketplace but right now they are going to do it with him on the sidelines because his intention now is to not play another game for that organisation.
“They’ve asked for a steep return. It is hard to trade a star player when you are a contender because you are trying to get back the pieces that keep you a contender now. “The offers on the marketplace just did not meet the threshold that Daryl Morey and Doc Rivers want in Philly. Now there is a standoff.”
The Sixers are expecting at least some sort of absence to open the preseason, sources say, though most are convinced he will eventually show up, citing a lack of precedent for extended holdouts in the NBA. There has been some public debate over whether the Sixers would fine him for such a move in the midst of trying to work through all this, though it seems pretty black-and-white on Philly’s end.
It almost goes without saying that bridge-building would need to be done between Simmons and Doc Rivers. The head coach tried to walk back the despair he showed after Game 7 during exit interviews the very next day, and his defenses of Simmons far outnumber his one high-profile shoulder shrug. Even still, getting the two to connect during the offseason has been close to impossible, sources say. Ultimately, this is in Simmons’ hands. Rivers would tell you himself that he regrets letting his guard down during Simmons’ lowest moment as a professional. Some missteps are just harder to come back from than others.
Paul, who also manages Anthony Davis, LeBron James and Trae Young, has built a $2.7 billion empire and knows how to get what he wants. “I talked to Rich Paul,” former NBA player Jay Williams told ‘Bart & Hahn’. “He was the one that told me: ‘We want out and we’ll go to what ever degree we have to’”.
Kyle Neubeck: One detail I left out from this was the suggestion from a team source that firing Rich Paul (however unlikely) would be one way for Ben to try to rectify what some view as a self-created problem. “He could just say, ‘my agent talked me into this stupid fucking strategy.'”
Even when Philadelphia’s brain trust met with Simmons or Simmons’ representation, there was difficulty in figuring out exactly what Simmons wanted that Philadelphia didn’t or couldn’t provide here. There are legitimate reasons Simmons might want to move on, but sources say his camp has largely communicated that Simmons wants out without spotlighting issues to fix or things being done wrong.