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Sidney Moncrief Rumors

When you look at this year’s Most Valuable Player race, who stands out to you? We talked about what James Harden is doing. Giannis Antetokounmpo has been excellent. Paul George is getting some love. Who stands out as the MVP to you? Sidney Moncrief: Oh, it’s Giannis. Giannis is the most dominant player and the most unique talent the NBA has seen in a long, long time. Number one: what he can do at his size. Number two: he plays the game the right way. He’s a serious basketball player. He’s not drawing attention to himself. He’s out there, what we call, balling. He can score the basketball, he can play defense, he can rebound, he can grab a board and then go coast-to-coast to make a play. He can do so many things that most players cannot do. In my opinion, he’s head and shoulders above most elite players.
Ron Harper: I remember earlier in my career, I’d play against Milwaukee and I was going up against [two-time Defensive Player of the Year] Sidney Moncrief and [1986 Defensive Player of the Year] Alvin Robertson and Jay Humphries and Jerry Reynolds, and I’m trying to talk to the referee. I ask, “If they’re holding me, ain’t that a foul?!” The referee turned to me and said, “You just play hard. It’s hand-to-hand combat. You need to adapt to survive.”
Now that your jersey has been retired here in Milwaukee, the next thing people bring up is the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. You were named a 2019 finalist in February. Do you allow your brain to wander and think about that possibility? I know both you and Sidney [Moncrief] are finalists this year and you each have similar resumes. Marques Johnson: I told Nellie this when I invited him out for the jersey retirement about a month ago and I had been name a finalist. It’s my first time being named a finalist. Sidney’s been a finalist before and didn’t make. I told Nellie, “If Sidney makes it and I don’t make it, I’m fine with that. Sidney deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.” Sidney is the second greatest two-way player, in terms of shooting guards, behind Michael Jordan. Defensive Player of the Year. He could average 25 a game if he wanted to, averaged 21, 22 here.
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.’’
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