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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.”

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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?”

Dwight Howard on NBA Top 75 snub: 'It was upsetting'

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.

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.”

Pau Gasol doesn't care about NBA 75 snub

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.”

Alex English on snub: 'I was even more hurt this time'

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.

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!”

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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.

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.

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.”

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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