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2014 Basketball Hall of Fame Finalists

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Della9250, Feb 15, 2014.

  1. Della9250

    Della9250 Well-Known Member

    Tim Hardaway
    Spencer Haywood
    Kevin Johnson
    Mitch Richmond
    Alonzo Mourning

    Harley Redin
    Nolan Richardson
    Eddie Sutton
    Gary Williams

    Immaculata University Women's Basketball

    Direct Inductees
    Bob Leonard
    Nat Clifton
    Sarunas Marciulionis
    Guy Rodgers
    David Stern

    I could see Mourning as the only player since it is something of an underwhelming list, but knowing this Hall they could pick two or three. Sutton's probably the lock out of the 10 finalists.
  2. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    Also, Al Attles, lifetime achievement award.
  3. franticscribe

    franticscribe Well-Known Member

    As a Pacers fanboi, I'm glad to see Slick finally get in.
  4. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    I would love to see KJ and Richmond go in together.
  5. Sam Mills 51

    Sam Mills 51 Active Member

    Would really like to see Gary Williams and the Immaculata women get in ...
  6. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    Putting Immaculata in is kind of like putting the Harlem Globetrotters in on the basis of their won-loss record.

    My mother briefly played college basketball in the late 1940s. Like most of the players on her team, she had never played in high school or anywhere else. They lost most of their games. She said they played Immaculata and lost by about 20 points.

    What margin do you suppose a .500 Div. III womens' team of today would beat a team of players who had never played organized basketball before? 60 points? 80 points?
  7. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Tim Hardaway should have to wait as long as possible just based on that radio interview with DLB.

    So many people get in trouble for not choosing their words well or saying a joke that falls flat or where there is room for interpretation.

    Hardaway's was an all-timer, especially since DLB gave him about three chances to take back his comments or clarify and let him know how bad he was going to look.
  8. Stoney

    Stoney Well-Known Member

    Can't say I ever thought of Spencer Haywood as an HOFer.

    I realize he has some historical significance with the Supreme Court case and challenging elgibility rules, but when his NBA career gets discussed seems like it's usually in reference to him being a symbol of the "cocaine era" with more than a few scandalous related stories (didn't he once try to hire a hit man to murder his coach?). And the only time he was ever a member of a title contending NBA team, his coach kicked him off the team right before the Finals for falling asleep in practice due to the prior night's drug binge.

    He would certainly be one of the sketchiest off court characters to ever be inducted.
  9. heyabbott

    heyabbott Well-Known Member

    Mourning is just a douchebag. He played 9 good years at 20/ppg. 9/RPG. Is that a HOF?
  10. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    I think KJ, Richmond and Hardaway will definitely get in at some point... I tend to think Mourning will get in. I think having a serious illness like he did will be looked upon differently than an injury.

    I'm sure KJ's off-the-court stuff would help, or at least wouldn't hurt.
  11. Guy_Incognito

    Guy_Incognito Well-Known Member

    They all (except Haywood) played when I followed basketball most. None seem like HOFers to me. Is Rolando Blackmon in? Seikely? None of them were nearly as good as Bernard King, did he ever get in?
  12. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    Haywood was a college All-American, an Olympian and then the first underclassman to (officially) turn pro.

    He was real good right away for Denver (although the ABA was a very weak league while he was in it) and then jumped to Seattle where he was also really good, but he seemed to just gradually tail off as he bounced around the league after that. The only time he was on a really good team was the Lakers, and that didn't end well. He woudln't be the worst player in the HOF but there aren't any real good arguments why he should be.

    Except maybe that a similar and near-contemporary player, Bob McAdoo, has been in since 2000, with credentials not tremendously better.
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