There’s some debate about his Mr. Big Shot moniker — particularly among the young on Twitter, who weren’t around during his prime — but Chauncey Billups really was one of the best at his position in the NBA, and his 2004 NBA Finals MVP is pretty conclusive proof. That said, the 37 year old has decided to call it quits, telling Yahoo’s Marc J. Spears last night, “It’s just time.” Read More »
Nolan Richardson was on fire.
It was Friday night in Springfield, Mass. at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony, an evening that was ostensibly about honoring former NBA greats Alonzo Mourning and Mitch Richmond, as well as newly retired Commissioner David Stern. Read More »
The NBA announced today in an official release the 10 newest members to be enshrined this Aug. 7-9 as the Hall of Fame class of 2014 inductees. The announcement included the just-retired former commissioner, David Stern, seven-time all-star for the Hornets and Heat Alonzo Mourning, and four-time all-star, sharpshooting Warriors and Kings wing, Mitch Richmond. Read More »
/ Sep 6, 2013 / 11:15 am
Joining Gary Payton on this upcoming Hall of Fame induction weekend is former Knicks and Bullets star, Bernard King. The King of New York in the mid-80’s, Bernard was raised in Brooklyn’s tough Fort Greene housing projects before starring under the bright lights of Madison Square Garden. Never was his greatness more apparent than in the 1984 playoffs against Isiah Thomas and the Pistons. Read More »
/ Jul 23, 2013 / 2:00 pm
Elected to the Basketball Hall Of Fame earlier this year, Gary Payton turned 45 years old today. Unbelievable. As a kid growing up in the Northwest, the Sonics of the Shawn Kemp/GP/George Karl era were my favorites for reasons I couldn’t have detailed at the time. But they played fast, Kemp was like a video game character come to life and Payton carried an attitude that was unmistakable, even at age 8. Too young to remember the Portland Trail Blazers’ glory years, the Sonics ran the Northwest as far as I was concerned. Payton was their ring leader and it’s obvious why. Read More »
We have learned various things over the last week or so of the NBA Finals. Stuff like Manu Ginobili can still put it on you, Dwyane Wade has seen “Red Tails” once or twice, and LeBron James will have none of your week stuff at the rim.
Here’s another thing that keeps coming up: Jeff Van Gundy loves Erik Spoelstra. A lot. To the point where he keeps declaring Spoelstra is “going to Hall of Fame.” Wait, what? Read More »
First-time nominees for the 2013 Hall of Fame were revealed today by NBA.com, a list that includes just one big name but many more, lower-profile influencers on the game as it’s played today. Gary Payton is the headliner on this ballot, though this is just one step to join the Hall, whose results will be revealed at the NCAA Final Four in April. Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf, Trail Blazers founder Harry Glickman, longtime coach Del Harris and Vlade Divac, among others, are some of the nominees. Read More »
Reggie Miller waited patiently, but now is in. Nellie, too. Jamaal Wilkes and even Nike’s Phil Knight are alongside them.
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced its 2012 class of inductees today at an event in New Orleans and 11 individuals and one team made the cut. The well-known inductees are Miller, Ralph Sampson, Wilkes, Don Nelson and Chet Walker, the seven-time All-Star for 76ers. Read More »
Everyone has at least one NBA logo hat in their collection, but what about one with the logo flipped? Los Angeles boutique Hall of Fame has teamed up once again with Mitchell & Ness to release five snapbacks featuring upside-down logos from the ’90s for the Hornets, Lakers, Heat, Spurs and Mavericks. Check ‘em out: Read More »
While we might’ve seen this coming – the end of the road for Yao Ming – we weren’t ready for it just yet. Now the next phase in Yao’s life has all but begun. Gone will be the 20/10 nights. Gone will be the All-Star games. And gone will be any chance at a championship.
The focus has shifted to his place in history. Is he a Hall of Fame player? Some say he didn’t do enough on the court, and that should be the only thing that matters. Others say his overall impact was greater than probably half of the players already elected into the Hall of Fame. Read More »