Hall of Fame Rumors
You mentioned some international players, sort of praised the fundamentals of international players. What are your impressions of rookie Ben Simmons. The other is a new Hall of Famer, Steve Nash. Your impressions of those two guys. I think Ben played with a really great tempo. The time he’s had to watch the game has helped slow down the game for him. He’s had a chance to really observe the NBA game and be around it, pick it apart. Now that he’s playing, I think the game’s in slow motion for him, which is different than most rookies. He’s had a chance to view it a lot. From a game perspective, his size gives him a clear advantage, his speed. He also knows how to use it. He knows his spots on the floor, he knows his strengths and weaknesses. He does a great job getting there.
Tim MacMahon: Scott Brooks on Rudy T: “That guy should be in the Hall of Fame. He won two championships. He won a gold medal. What does a guy have to do? Nobody should get in if he doesn’t get in. They should just say, ‘We’re going to close it down. No more coaches get into the Hall of Fame.’”
Vincent Goodwill: The Bulls issue statement on former GM Rod Thorn being inducted into the Hall of Fame, saying “his imprint on the Bulls remains to this day”. Thorn drafted Michael Jordan in 1984. True words
Erik Horne: Billy Donovan said Thunder assistant Mo Cheeks told him Wednesday about the HOF when Cheeks came out of his office after practice, put his head on Donovan’s shoulder and started crying. “Besides the Hall of Fame and him as a player, it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.”
This week something inevitable happened: Steve Nash made the Basketball Hall of Fame. Of course he did. He will go in with contemporaries Jason Kidd and Grant Hill, among others. He will be the third Canadian inducted into the hall. The other two were Pete Newell, the legendary big man coach who was born in Vancouver, and Dr. James Naismith. That’s it.
“It’s crazy,” says Nash over the phone from California. “Obviously, one side of it is a natural progression: I kept getting better, never got sick of it, of the fight, never got sick of the plateaus. And then the other side of it is when you look at it from start to finish, it’s not even fathomable.”