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“To all the diehard Sonic fans who proudly sport the green and gold … there’s a hole in Seattle that needs to be filled,” Sikma said at Symphony Hall, less than a mile from the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame, into which Sikma became the 10th member of the Sonics to be enshrined. “Speaking for all Sonics fans, it’s our great hope that the NBA will soon find a pathway to bring a franchise back to Seattle. It’s time.”
3 years ago via ESPN
Jack Sikma destroyed the myth big men couldn’t be as effective outside of the lane as in it. Sikma went to a place on the court seldom ventured before by players his size. “Dirk Nowitzki gets the credit for being the first 7-footer to be a prolific 3-point shooter because, simply, most people who are writing today (about the NBA) don’t have the background of what happened 30, 40 years ago,’’ said 82-year-old Del Harris, who was Sikma’s head coach for the 7-footer’s last three NBA seasons in Milwaukee. “But Jack was the first 7-footer to be a prolific 3-point shooter.’’
Not only did Sikma take an inordinate number of 3-pointers for a center, but he made a high rate of them: 38 percent. That tied him with Danny Ainge for 16th place overall in the category. The next best 3-point shooting percentage for a center that season was Bill Laimbeer at 34 percent. No other center shot above 21 percent from 3-point range. “Del put me in that position and it worked out well,’’ Sikma said. “We kind of set the tone. We were a great example of what it could be in the future. And you see it today all the time.’’ Sikma paused and added, “I would fit in today’s game.’’
Did Sikma ever in his wildest dreams think he would set an NBA record and shoot a white-hot 92 percent from the line? “I approached it this way: I concentrated on the next free throw,’’ Sikma said. “My goal was to make sure I made the next free throw and everything else would take care of itself. I didn’t think about my percentage. I just thought, ‘OK, you’re working hard to get to the line, now make sure you make it.’’
Moncrief told WPB that Nelson and Lanier would be his presenters into the Hall. Nelson coached the Bucks from 1976-1987 and was responsible for the Bucks selecting Moncrief with the fifth overall pick in the 1979 draft. “Nellie was an innovated coach and, as a player, you appreciated that, at least I did,’’ Moncrief said of Nelson, the NBA’s all-time winningest coach with 1,335 victories who was inducted into the Hall in 2012. “As a coach, he’d find ways for you to have an advantage over your opponent. “I appreciated the way he played me and helped me to become a better player by the way he ran his offense with different matchups. He did that very well, not only for me but other players as well.’’
“We have established a very good relationship,’’ Embry said of Sikma, whose step-back, behind-the-head shot was virtually unstoppable. “I was very happy he (Sikma) asked me to do this. “He’s a good person, No. 1, and he was a very good player. He was one of the most underrated centers ever and that’s because he played during a time when there were a lot of great centers like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Moses Malone and others. “Jack is very deserving of being in the Hall.’’