NBA rumors: Dwyane Wade: Being chosen for NBA 75th Anniversary team was the first time I cared about something individually

Speaking on the Point Forward podcast, Wade opened up how important it was for him to be one of the 75 greatest players to ever step foot on the NBA. He described it as “one of the most humbling individual moments” of his career, noting that it was the first time he actually cared about an individual honor. “I didn’t know it, I didn’t know it was gonna be. We all want to do well individually, but I’ve never like played sports for the individual. I’ve always played from what I fell in love with it, with the team aspect. I’ve always been okay with like not getting an award. I remember when I was trying to get MVP one year and I was going off for Defensive Player of the Year the same year in ’08 and I came in third in both of them,” Wade shared.

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“They just proved to me again that individual awards meant nothing, and so the 75 was probably the first time since then that I really cared about something individually.” True enough, while MVP awards and other annual accolades are great, the NBA 75 honor hits differently. After all, only a few can really say they are among the greatest that ever played in the NBA. Furthermore, it is something that can never be taken away from them now.
Nick Friedell: Was Kyrie frustrated he didn't make NBA 75 team? "I think I'll leave it to the conspiracy theorists. I think I was on the list -- but I guess I'm not. So hey, maybe I'll just wait 10 years, 20 years from now. Hopefully with a few championships under my belt."
Kristian Winfield: I congratulated Kyrie Irving for making the Top 40 McDonald's All-American list and asked if he expected a similar honor on the NBA's Top 75: "Man, that’s a loaded question. So I’m not tryna sit up here and spew out the reasons why I felt I deserved to be on the Top 75.”
Moreover, he crashed a pic with LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen, Chris Paul, and Carmelo Anthony while using a different jacket than the commemorative one the league got him. It was explained that he was just teasing his collab with the Vlone brand, but fans still didn't like his actions.  Shaquille O'Neal also had an issue with that, as he revealed in a recent edition of his The Big Podcast with Shaq. The Los Angeles Lakers legend explained that if that was him, he would act as professionally as he could, given that he not only represents himself but his mother. The Big Diesel explained why he would have had a different approach if he was Rodman. “My mother doesn’t allow that. I represent Dr. Lucille O’Neal. I don’t represent myself. I represent my momma and the other women in my life, Taahirah, Amirah, and Me’arah, I represent them. I’m going to be silly and do my stuff. But when it comes time to be professional, I will always be professional.”
Green has also emphasized the silver lining of the Warriors losing that series. Kevin Durant said he wouldn’t have joint them that summer if they had just won the title. With Durant, Golden State won the next two championships and then another Western Conference crown. The Warriors arguably had more total success than they would’ve if Green didn’t get suspended. But there’s one aspect of the suspension Green won’t sugarcoat. Green on “The Old Man & The Three“: “The one thing, when I look back on it, that bothers me is I would’ve been the Finals MVP. And that totally changes the narrative. Good luck leaving me off the NBA 75 if I was Finals MVP. Good luck even having a debate if I’m a Hall of Famer or not if I was Finals MVP.” “When I look back on that from a selfish standpoint, which I rarely do, I would have been Finals MVP and that changes the course of everything.”
“I’ve never had a real job because of that stupid basketball,” said O’Neal’s 75 teammate and TNT cohort Charles Barkley. “All those guys out there made my life great…if it weren’t for the older guys, we wouldn’t be who we were.”
Pettit, the NBA’s first MVP, looked forward to the festivities, which included a chance to catch up with some players he played against. "It's a great honor. I'm very appreciative of the fact that I am included," Petit said. "Anybody who says it isn’t nice to be included is lying. It means a lot to me, and it means a lot to my family. It reminds me that I was pretty good after all."
He and Jordan even shared a moment together, a rarity for the players most consider to be the two greatest ever. “I did not want to lose the opportunity to shake the man’s hand that inspired me throughout my childhood. I haven’t had much dialogue with him in my 20 years or 19 years in this business, but part of me wouldn’t be here without MJ’s inspiration,” James said. “I always wanted to be like him growing up. … I didn’t want to waste that opportunity because we’re just not in — we’re not in the same building a lot and haven’t been in the same building a lot throughout my career. It meant something to me”
James admitted he won’t be this open, this effusive the rest of the season as he tries to get the struggling Los Angeles Lakers into better position for the playoffs. But in the moment, he absorbed the experience. "I hope I'll never forget this moment," he said. "It would be cool if 25 years from now when they do the top 100 that it's back here. I'll probably never forget this moment. It's something that I'm glad my kids got to witness. Then when my grandkids show up at some point, I'll be able to show them some footage of what their granddad was able to accomplish when he played the game of basketball."
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Marc Stein: Just had the good fortune of running into Bob McAdoo ... one of the happiest 75ers in Cleveland. And now I'm as giddy as the Buffalo Braves ledge. "I needed this, man," he told me. So great to see Doo get his due after he was so wrongly omitted from the 50th Anniversary Team!
Do the Lakers have the greatest collection of players on this list? Magic Johnson: Oh, no question. Hey, we can stop it right there. It’s not even close. Boston might say something. Magic Johnson: Yeah. They can say something and they’re probably going to be second, but they are not first. Now, you look up and shoot, outside of Bill, we got all the other dominant centers. I mean, man, oh, man, I mean the Lakers, come on, man. Kobe, Jerry [West], LeBron now. I mean, oh, man, [James] Worthy. Come on now. It’s just too many Lakers.
Giannis Antetokounmpo could not believe it. Following the Bucks’ 103-96 loss to the Raptors on Saturday, he was handed The Athletic’s list of the 75 greatest NBA players of all time. After seeing his bolded and circled name, he looked through the other names and the players ranked ahead and behind him. “They got me at 24?” Antetokounmpo asked. “I’m 24? Pfffffffffffffffffffff.”
Antetokounmpo refuses to dwell on his placement on The Athletic’s list though. “At the end of the day, all those compliments, I gotta put them on the side, and you gotta keep on working, because those compliments slow you down,” Antetokounmpo said. “They grab you and hold you back. … ‘Oh. I’m top 24 of all time. I’m the big dog over here.’ That just slows you down. I don’t want to think about that. I want to think about what I can do better.
When they saw the N.B.A.’s 75th anniversary list of the best players ever, selected by a panel of media, players and coaches, they realized someone had been forgotten: Howard. “That was kind of crazy,” said Otis Smith, the former Orlando Magic general manager, who built teams around Howard. Said Stan Van Gundy, who coached him at his peak: “Whatever the reason that he got left out, there’s something more than basketball to it.”
A month later, Thompson, dressed in a No. 77 Jackie Moon jersey -- the number is a nod to his perceived snub from the NBA's 75th anniversary team, and the headband and jersey to the character Will Ferrell portrayed in the 2008 comedy "Semi-Pro" -- has just finished the type of personal workout that has become part of his routine throughout the arduous rehab cycle. As much as he has tried to push away the frustration from not being voted to the 75th anniversary team, the snub bothers him because of what he has accomplished as one of the game's best shooters, and because of the titles he helped his team win.
After more than two years away from the game, and with a chip on his shoulder from being left off the NBA75 list, Thompson says he is "hungrier" than ever to get back to his winning ways and join a team that is primed to return to the postseason after a two-season absence. "I know myself. I know how good I am. I know the things I've done. ... It's like -- how many times do I have to do something that no one else has ever done before and get respect? Do I have to go score 50 in a quarter now? Like, what the hell? It's whatever though, man. It's over with. I'm going to use it as fuel."
Even with those setbacks, Leonard won the 2020 NBA All-Star MVP award. And after a second straight All-NBA Second Team selection in Leonard’s first season with the Clippers, Leonard would get back to the All-NBA First Team in 2020-21, averaging a career-best 5.2 assists per game and only 2.0 turnovers per game. “I think, from being a 15th pick to being top 75, that means a lot,” said Lue when Leonard was named to the 75th Anniversary Team. “It’s a tribute to his hard work and dedication and things that he’s been able to achieve in his career. So just very happy for him.”
So congratulations on making the NBA Top 75 and being No. 47 on The Athletic’s list. Well deserved. For your efforts, I’ll buy you breakfast. Well, The Athletic will buy you breakfast, anyway. Reggie Miller: Really, 47? Wow. I’m still shocked by all of this. It’s all kind of surreal. If you’d have asked me any of this in 1987 when I was drafted, I mean, I never had any goals like this. You have goals of winning, obviously, carving out a niche in this business, but to say top 75 of all time? When they surprised me on the air (for the NBA honor), I had no idea. I thought they were there to talk about Steph (Curry) because I’d just done a sit-down with him. I knew they were announcing the last 25 and I’d already seen the first 50, and the day before, I knew that names that hadn’t been mentioned that deserved to be there — D-Wade, Shaq, guys like that. I got up to about 18, 19 guys that hadn’t been named among the top 50, I thought, OK, I’m not going to be one of the remaining six, so it’s all been very surprising.
Still, respect hasn’t always been paid to McAdoo for whatever reason. Maybe it’s because his championship years with the Lakers have been cast as him being a player at the end of his career. There’s also that he won MVP playing for Buffalo (now the LA Clippers) at a time some thought Buffalo was in the ABA. McAdoo was the only MVP and scoring champion not named to the NBA’s 50th Anniversary Team, which was one of the more glaring omissions fixed with the 75th Anniversary team. “They know they messed up in the first 50,” McAdoo said. “But I still don’t feel like I’m respected, because people don’t know the whole story.”
McAdoo could still score, averaging 12 points in 20 minutes in 224 games with the Lakers. “When you saw me with the Lakers, people act like that was at the end of my career — that wasn’t the end of my career,” McAdoo said. “… I shouldn’t have been coming off the bench. “I sat around with people and they say Kevin Durant went to a team in Golden State that already had stars. You think they would have brought Kevin Durant off the bench to keep the team in Klay Thompson’s and Stephen Curry’s hands? This is what happened. I look back and say there’s no way I should have come off the bench in L.A., but that’s the way it worked. But I didn’t raise hell about it. I’d been in the league 10 years, I wanted to win a championship.”
He calls his exclusion from the league’s list “very disrespectful” and comes armed with reasons why. “You hear people say, ‘He was only dominant for a couple of years.’ I didn’t know eight years of being an All-Star, being dominant for eight years, was a couple of years,” he said. “I didn’t know winning three Defensive Player of the Year awards in a row, and it should’ve been four, is something that is considered not good. “There’s guys who don’t have those many accolades. I’m the (youngest) player that’s (reached) 1,000, 2,000, 3,000 all the way up to 9,000 rebounds. That doesn’t add up. So, where is the miscommunication? Where is the lie with my stats?”
Howard uses a 32-point, 30-rebound game he had during his one season in Charlotte, only the second 30-30 game in the NBA since 1982, to push against the critics. “Their take even on the 30-30 game was, ‘Well, he could’ve been doing that every night if he just took the game seriously,’” he said. “It’s like, it doesn’t make any sense. I did something that hasn’t been done — once in 35 years by Kevin Love.”
GQ: You’ve said a lot in the last month about not making the NBA’s 75th anniversary list. Why were you upset about that? Dwight Howard: I think that what I have done in my career, there’s no way it cannot be recognized. It was upsetting, at first. But, I didn’t take it too seriously. I felt before that I wasn’t gonna be on it because it felt like [the NBA] was trying to phase me out. People think I’m trying to blame the NBA for certain things, but I look at how certain things have happened in my career and I know some of these things are not on me. I’ve watched how I rarely get talked about when they mention [the Lakers]. It’s like I’m an afterthought. Like damn.
Dwight Howard: I’ve been in the league a long time. I’ve made an impact on every team I’ve been on, on and off the court, and it never gets recognized. So, I thought it was kind of crazy, but I figured I’d get the short end of the stick. I told my friends and the people I’m close to that I’m gonna start working harder and find other ways to generate positive messages to people. Making a list like that is only to get everybody riled up. To try to compare people’s careers, that doesn’t matter. To compare somebody to somebody else? No. We’re all unique individuals. This is a waste of energy.
Anthony Slater: Klay Thompson on not being part of the NBA 75: “I wanted recognition. I didn’t get it. That’s fine. You know how you get recognition? You go win. I just want to go win again.”
Tracy McGrady discussing players snubbed from the NBA 75th Anniversary Team extended to Tony Parker missing the cut. “You can’t be mad at this list. I look at Tony Parker,” he told Sports Illustrated, “Tony Parker deserves to be on this list. There are guys that are not on there that should be on there and there are guys that are on there that I feel shouldn’t be on there. I feel that players not on the list have a better resume than some of the guys that are on this list.”
Durant added, “You see everybody who played the game and how manypeople aspire to be basketball players and to be amongst that 75 greatest is a surreal feeling. You put in so much work and to be recognized for something like that is just sweet. Your peers voted for you,people that have been around the game for 75 years voted for you, it makes you feel like you’re doing something right … I called up my moms, I called up my AAU coach from when I was 8-9 years old, you knowpeople that were around for the journey. You hit them up because they know how special the game is too. I love that the NBA did that.”
His soft touch, agility under the basket and unselfish play earned him widespread praise. But he wasn't included among the NBA's 75 Greatest Players, an omission that was widely considered a snub. Gasol, however, didn't pay that much heed. "I don't really care too much about lists," he said. "I think, to a certain degree, they're very subjective. I'm really happy about how I played through my NBA career and the impact that I've had on my teams and teammates, and that's what I care about. Lists, at the end of the day, are to create maybe a little controversy or a little talk here and there, and that's OK. That's part of the sport, and that's how it should be. So I'm not offended by any means. And if I would've been on the list, I wouldn't think that I'm better than some of the many other great players that are not on the list."
Klay Thompson has every right to complain about his NBA Top 75 team snub ... so says his former teammate Festus Ezeli, who tells TMZ Sports he can't believe the Warriors star didn't make the cut. "Klay's one of the best of all-time," the ex-Golden State center said ... "He's one of the greatest of all-time. Of course [he deserved to be on the list]. He's the best shooter!"
You were snubbed on the 50th-anniversary list. Were you optimistic about the 75th? Alex English: I was thinking that maybe people realized it was a mistake not having me on the 50th-anniversary list. I felt I should have been on that one. But I was even more hurt this time because they added 25 more players. They could have kept all 50 of the original names but added me. They added Dominique Wilkins and Bob McAdoo who were scorers as well. So what reason was I not included? Is it because Dominique was a great dunker? I feel that he belongs there as well. So does McAdoo. They were great. But my body of work was just as good. What I did during the era I played, no one scored as many points. Every year, we were in the playoffs. It was just disappointing.
How did you find out you were not included on the NBA’s 75th-anniversary list? Alex English: The television broadcast. That stung. At the same time, I was getting calls from the league to be measured for something. I thought maybe I was on that list. I would have assumed. But I guess that’s not what I was being measured for. It just stings. I know what I did. I know the work that I put in. When I look at who they have on that list, and you tell me I shouldn’t be included, I don’t like that. I think the way they did it was a little flawed. I will get over it. Like I said in my tweet, I congratulate thepeople who got selected.
Alex English: I can’t say I’m not disappointed but I know my body of work stands up or is better. It’s not something I can continue to harp on and be worried about. This is my last conversation about it if I can help it. I want to move beyond this. I was disappointed. I’m moving on. My whole life goes on. I still live life. Life to me is more than just my basketball career. I don’t want to sound like sour grapes. That’s not what it’s going to be. I’ve moved on from that. Basketball was a part of my life but I have a whole life.
What were the flaws with the methodology on how the league selected its players? Alex English: I don’t like that they included all of the same 50 players from the 50th-anniversary list. You also can’t have too many of the young people voting because they’re going to look at what they see now. They might not remember me or know about my game. It’s flawed in that sense and I think that basketball minds have to be the people that voted.
Nick Friedell: Draymond says he’s going to get another bottle of DRC wine tonight to celebrate Steph making the 75th anniversary team. For the second year in a row — the bottle’s going on Joe Lacob’s tab. Depending on the year — it’s about $8k a bottle.
Before Saturday's practice, some of Thompson's teammates hung a No. 77 jersey in his locker. Golden State forward Draymond Green posted two short videos on his Instagram stories of the jersey hanging in Thompson's locker and then another video of Thompson sporting the jersey while walking around the Warriors' weight room. Prompted by Green to give a message to the fans, Thompson, who posted a couple of times recently on social media about how disappointed he was to not be named to the list, took the good-natured ribbing in stride. "77!" Thompson said. "Best player of all time, baby!"
Mark Medina: Lakers coach Frank Vogel taking issue with Dwight Howard and Klay Thompson not being on NBA Top 75 list. Vogel called it “surreal” that LeBron, AD, Westbrook and Melo are all on the list
Sean Highkin: Dame mentions Dwight Howard, Vince Carter, Tracy McGrady and Alex English as players he was surprised didn’t make it. “Out of all the players on there, I think I was the shortest tenured and the youngest. But I’m not the one making the list.”
Jovan Buha: Frank Vogel says Dwight Howard “for sure” should have made the NBA’s Top 75 list, citing Howard being a three-time Defensive Player of the Year and 11th all-time in rebounding.
Alex English: Can't say I am not disappointed for not being included on the 75th anniversary team after seeing the list. I felt the same after the first list of 50. I have always known that my understated style wasn't conducive to being associated with such a flamboyant sport, especially when you start making " the best of" lists. I know that my body of work as an @NBA player stands up to the test and would put it to test against many on the list,I am content with that. I congratulate the Players that were selected.
Alex English: Just getting this text from a fellow #HOFer who "knows the game" gave me a piece of solace. "Just wanted to let you know how disappointed I am that you were not in the NBA Top 75.Face with symbols over mouth" - Rick Barry
One notable snub was Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson, who reacted to the news with a pointed message on Instagram. “Maybe I’m just naive in my ability to play basketball, but in my head I’m top 75 all time,” wrote Thompson. “PERIOD. #fuelforthefire #NBA75”
Mark Medina: Draymond Green more disappointed that Klay Thompson was left off NBA’s top 75 list than upset at his exclusion. Draymond: “I’ll keep building on my resume” and expressed optimism he’ll be in top 100 list in 25 years
Patrick Beverley: No Tony Parker a Winner Yal tripping 🤦🏾‍♂️
George Karl: Man of class and dignity Best player in Denver Nuggets history Leading scoring of the 80s Not a top 75 NBA player?! Alex is in my book!
LeBron James: From where I come from I’m simply LOST FOR WORDS!! BEYOND HONORED & BLESSED!! 🙏🏾 #ThekidfromAKRON🤴🏾⁶ #StriveforGreatness🚀 #NBA75💎
Mirjam Swanson: Kerr on the Top 75, and if Klay & Draymond were snubbed: "How do you differentiate? Seems like there are 50-60 guys who are automatic and then you're just - pick one. "I think those guys are top 75 based on winning, two-way basketball, everything that matters more than stats."
Marc J. Spears: The complete NBA 75th Anniversary Team ⬇️ #NBA75
A total of 158 NBA championships and 730 NBA All-Star selections. A combined 110 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Awards and Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP Awards. More than 1.5 million points scored. Those are just some of the collective accomplishments of the players who comprise the NBA 75th Anniversary Team, which was announced across TNT and ESPN from Oct. 19-21 as the league tipped off its landmark 75th Anniversary Season.
First Harden was tabbed as the best shooting guard in the annual GM survey. Then the league did one better, picking him — along with Durant and Nash — for the 75th anniversary team as among the best players in history. “Ever? Wow. Where I come from, even just to be in the NBA was a farfetched dream. To be an NBA basketball player was unheard of,” Harden said. “Then not just making it but sustaining it was a different type of mountain you’ve got to climb. And to be one of the best basketball players is a whole different mountain. “It’s a testament to the work I’ve put in and continue to put in until I can’t play anymore. Obviously I haven’t reached the ultimate goal, which is a championship; but that’s what keeps me working and going hard every single day. That’s the end goal.”
The league will make the list public in three bursts of 25 players each on Tuesday (via TNT), Wednesday (ESPN) and Thursday (TNT). The players will not be ranked 1 to 75. It's going to be an alphabetical listing just like the 50 Greatest Players compilation from 1996. The identities of the voters (but not their full ballots) will be revealed after all 75 players are announced. The voting panel includes current and former players, coaches and team executives as well as selected members of the media.
Twenty-five members of the team, representing a cross section of positions and eras from throughout the NBA’s rich history, will be announced on each of the three days. The team is being selected by a blue-ribbon panel of media and current and former players, coaches, general managers and team executives.
As part of “NBA 75,” the league’s celebration of its landmark 75th Anniversary Season, the NBA selected Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famers Clyde Drexler, Magic Johnson, Bob Pettit and Oscar Robertson, as well as 14-time NBA All-Star Dirk Nowitzki, to serve as ambassadors for the 2021-22 season. Representing different eras of the league’s history, the ambassadors will make appearances throughout the 75th Anniversary Season and have a significant presence at NBA All-Star 2022 in Cleveland.
To promote the NBA’s 75th anniversary, the NBA made a short film called NBA Lane, which is a metaphorical neighborhood fitted with the league’s personalities and top moments to help the fans reminisce about the league’s history. Throughout the trip down NBA Lane, you will encounter some of the greats of the past, current superstars and future stars. During filming at Leimert Park, such current NBA players as Carmelo Anthony, LaMelo Ball, Devin Booker, Anthony Davis, Kawhi Leonard and Jayson Tatum took part. Former NBA greats Gary Payton, Isiah Thomas and Jerry West also were involved in the three-day shoot last month.
“Just reflecting on 75 years and all the teams and players, it is an honor to be a part of 75 years. It has always been a dream of mine to be in the NBA. I was honored when they asked. It’s a big deal,” Tatum told The Undefeated. This season the NBA will also announce its Top 75 players in league history as picked by a select panel. Anthony, who will enter his 19th NBA season with the Los Angeles Lakers next month, was very proud to be a part of the filming.
Speaking on Shannon Sharpe’s podcast Club Shay Shay, ex-Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson was adamant in his belief that Luka Doncic has a legitimate case to be part of the NBA’s Top 75 Greatest Players list. Here’s what he had to say about the Mavs phenom. “The one guy that you named to me, I think, could well very be on the top 75 player list that comes out pretty soon. And people say will there be a sleeper that’s young, but Luka Doncic is the real deal. When you look at what he’s been able to do early on in his career, he has got it. If it was me voting, he’s on the list.”
"Look at the winning he's been able to do and be a part of and affect over the course of his career," Monty Williams said. "And the talent, the longevity. Sure, somebody looks at me and says, he's biased. They'd be right, but I've also watched it from afar when I wasn't with him and competing against him, he was a pain in the butt."
Ballots for the NBA's 75th anniversary team were due back to the league office today. The league previously announced that the official list of its 75 greatest players, as selected by "a blue-ribbon panel of media, current and former players, coaches, general managers and team executives," will be revealed in October. The voters will also be revealed — not their full individual ballots but the names of those who made the selections.
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Shaquille O’Neal ain’t down to outspend Jeff Bezos for the Phoenix Suns … but if the billionaire wants to join forces in an effort to own the NBA franchise — The Big Diesel tells TMZ Sports he’s in for that! Shaq says he initially had interest in buying Robert Sarver’s share of the org. after the disgraced owner announced last month he was putting it up for sale — but when he found out Bezos potentially wanted in, he was all out. Shaq explained even with his deep pockets — he’s reportedly got a net worth of around $400 MILLION — he wanted no part in competing with Bezos’ checkbook.