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REPORT: Hurley Sr., Karl Malone, Scottie Pippen will be announced to Hall of Fame

Apr 3, 2010, 8:39 AM EDT

UPDATE 7:00PM EST: The Boston Globe is reporting that Dennis Johnson, who should have been inducted years ago, is also among the class. (via FanHouse)

The Newark Star Ledger is reporting that Bobby Hurley Sr., Scottie Pippen, and Karl Malone will be announced as inductees to the Basketball Hall of Fame Monday during the NCAA Championship game.

Hurley, as only the third high school coach to be enshrined in the Hall, is quite a story, but as this is an NBA blog, let’s turn our attention to the other two.

It’s only fitting that Pippen enter the Hall a year after Jordan, having been known as Jordan’s number two for his entire career (and the results without MJ were less than memorable). Pippen’s place in history may be as the sidekick, but his performance was vital to the Bulls’ three championships. He was a top five defender for much of his career, and versatile in a way that Jordan himself never was. Since retiring, though, Pippen has made his fair share of interesting and questionable comments. His induction speech may have the same flavor as Jordan’s debacle.

Malone? Zero championships. That’s the mark many people will remember outside of Utah. But Malone was thought by many to go down as the greatest power forward of all time. Of course, then Tim Duncan showed up, and the 50% of the people that think Duncan is a power forward obviously bump Malone right on down. But Malone is unquestionably Hall-worthy. He was a brutalizer in the block, great from range, and if John Stockton is in, then it only makes sense that his pick and roll partner is in.

With Jordan, Pippen, Malone, and Stockton in the hall, alongside previous 2008 inductee Hakeem Olajuwon, the mid-90′s will be well represented in the Hall of Fame. Getcha flannel and Pearl Jam records ready!

  1. J.C. - Apr 3, 2010 at 11:47 AM

    Ok Matt if you write an NBA blog you should have some basic NBA knowledge. First Scottie Pippen DID NOT spend his “entire” career as Michael Jordan’s sidekick. He played a season with the Bulls during Jordan’s first retirement, then he played for the Rockets and Blazers. Second the Bulls won six championships NOT three. How do you not know this? It doesn’t do much for your credibility.

  2. SJ - Apr 3, 2010 at 5:37 PM

    This is a weird blog entry in a few respects. The discussion of Malone isn’t much better than the discussion of Pippen. He mentions “zero championships,” then offers that Malone should be in if Stockton is in. He doesn’t mention Malone is #2 all-time in scoring and was a two-time league MVP (and gold medalist). Lots of people in the Hall with zero championships and far less accomplishment than that.

  3. Thomas - Apr 3, 2010 at 6:39 PM

    Scottie Pippen, for the accolades that he’s received, is the most over-rated and un-deserving player ever be elected to the Hall of Fame! He had no heart and could not have accomplished anything close to what he did had he played with anyone other than Michael Jordan. Once he gets inducted, the first four words out of his mouth should be ‘thank you Michael Jordan!! He and Phil Jackson have benefited more from Michael Jordan than Jordan’s ex-wife. AND SHE GOT HALF!!!

  4. Kevin C - Apr 3, 2010 at 8:14 PM

    @Thomas
    “He and Phil Jackson have benefited more from Michael Jordan than Jordan’s ex-wife. AND SHE GOT HALF!!!”
    LOL. VERY funny.

  5. Larry - Apr 3, 2010 at 9:16 PM

    Some people are just stupid.
    MICHAEL JORDAN PLAYED 5 YEARS OF HIS NBA CAREER WITHOUT SCOTTIE PIPPEN AND NEVER HAD A WINNING SEASON! MICHAEL JORDAN WENT 1-9 IN THE PLAYOFFS WITHOUT SCOTTIE PIPPEN.
    Scottie Pippen was 8-time first team all-defense. Finished 3rd in the NBA MVP voting when Jordan left. One of only 5 people in NBA history to lead an NBA team in points, rebounds, assists, blocks, and steals.
    I wish the media and clueless fans would stop kissing Michael Jordan’s overrated rear end…
    But, some people are just stupid.

  6. uoyeah - Apr 3, 2010 at 11:11 PM

    Pippen is way overrated! I can’t believe he is HOF material!

  7. uoyeah - Apr 3, 2010 at 11:24 PM

    Pippen is way overrated! I can’t believe he is HOF material!

  8. Thomas - Apr 3, 2010 at 11:34 PM

    And you can easily tell the people who have a limited vocabulary because they can’t get involved in a debate or forum such as this without resorting to name calling.

  9. davidly - Apr 4, 2010 at 12:26 AM

    Larry’s right about Pippen, not so much about Jordan.
    As to number 33: Aside from the statistics and leading the team in every category, he was all-star MVP and, but for a foul, could’ve taken ‘em all the way that year.
    He led the league in steals one of those eight first-team all-defense seasons, shared a game with Jordan in which they scored 40 and 44 points, and another where they each had a triple double.
    You can’t realistically say Pippen is overrated without saying that Jordan is overrated and vice-versa, because those guys could flat out play.

  10. John Doe - Apr 4, 2010 at 12:36 AM

    As J.C. noted on 1st comment, this writer has zero credibility with his glaring mistakes of Pippen’s career.
    He had the following:
    -6 NBA Championships, not three. (91. 92. 93. 96. 97. 98)
    -Played on the 1996 Chicago Bulls 72-10 Team “Unbeatabulls”
    -Gold Medal Olympian
    -Top 50 NBA player of all time (picked in ’97 season).
    -Made the Conference finals without Jordan in ’94 and lost in 7 games to the Knicks. This team had no Rodman, Jordan, Longley, or Ron Harper. Team was Will Perdue, BJ Armstrong, Horace Grant, and an aging Paxson…. not much help eh? Throw in Kukoc who was adjusting to the NBA style of play out of Croatia.
    -Also made the Conference finals with the Blazers, but lost in 7 games to the Lakers who went on to win 3 Championships.
    According to the writer, Pippen has made “questionable” comments since retirement?!?
    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/gameon/post/2010/03/halftime-pippen-doesnt-like-supermans-game/1
    What is questionable about that? All facts about Howard.
    Also called Jordan the best player ever….again hard to argue….and anyone who argues Lebron or Dywane Wade…. LOL @ that.
    The only thing that this writer had correct was Pippen was a top 5 defender as he guarded and shut down/limited most players that are now HOF’ers. Magic in ’91, Barkley in ’93, Payton in ’96, (All NBA Finals games) and owned the Pacers defensively during all their meetings.
    Anyone who argues that Pippen isn’t a Top 50 player of all time, yet alone a Hall of Famer…. go watch some videos or clips on Youtube: Power and Grace or Ultimate Defender.

  11. BJ - Apr 4, 2010 at 12:44 AM

    Mr. Moore:
    Scottie’s results without MJ were less than memorable? Why did he finish 3rd in MVP voting during the 1993-94 season? The 1993-94 Bulls won 55 games without Michael Jordan, only 2 less than the previous year with Jordan. Scottie finished with 22pts, 8.7 boards, 5.6 assists, 2.9 steals a game. The Bulls would have won their 1994 series against the Knicks save for the phantom foul call by Hugh Hollins, and then would have had a good shot at playing in the finals. The 1994 bulls were a championship team even without Jordan, unlike what many Chicago pundits predicted after Jordan’s retirement. In 1994-95, Pippen became one of only 5 players in NBA history to lead his team all 5 major statistical categories for a season. When Jordan came back, he stated that he felt this was still Scottie’s team and he was finding his way back onto it.
    Next time you write something, please do your homework.
    http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2009/columns/story?columnist=adande_ja&page=Hollins-090529
    http://readjack.wordpress.com/2009/05/08/moving-on-the-tale-of-the-1994-scottie-pippen-bulls/

  12. BJ - Apr 4, 2010 at 12:46 AM

    Mr. Moore:
    Scottie’s results without MJ were less than memorable? Why did he finish 3rd in MVP voting during the 1993-94 season? The 1993-94 Bulls won 55 games without Michael Jordan, only 2 less than the previous year with Jordan. Scottie finished with 22pts, 8.7 boards, 5.6 assists, 2.9 steals a game. The Bulls would have won their 1994 series against the Knicks save for the phantom foul call by Hugh Hollins, and then would have had a good shot at playing in the finals. The 1994 bulls were a championship team even without Jordan, unlike what many Chicago pundits predicted after Jordan’s retirement. In 1994-95, Pippen became one of only 5 players in NBA history to lead his team all 5 major statistical categories for a season. When Jordan came back, he stated that he felt this was still Scottie’s team and he was finding his way back onto it.
    Next time you write something, please do your homework.
    http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2009/columns/story?columnist=adande_ja&page=Hollins-090529
    http://readjack.wordpress.com/2009/05/08/moving-on-the-tale-of-the-1994-scottie-pippen-bulls/

  13. John Doe - Apr 4, 2010 at 12:48 AM

    Lastly, the comments about Malone are also mehhh.
    Utah was always a contender w/ him and Stockton and he has HOF numbers. Zero championships is not as relavent when you played in the Michael Jordan era.
    It’s like saying, hey if you played in the 60′s-80′s and weren’t a Laker or Celtic, you shouldn’t be in the HOF because you probably didn’t win a championship.
    The real agrument with Malone is whether he should be elected into the Pro Wrestling HOF with Rodman ;)

  14. Larry - Apr 4, 2010 at 2:49 AM

    No NBA point/ Combo guard should be in th HOF with a scoring average of 14.5 ppg and 4.5 apg. Dennis Johnson was a great player but not a HOF. He shot .172 from the 3 point range and was the 4th best player for PHX for 3 years. None of the other 3 will be mentioned as HOF candidates. I guess that doesn’t count.
    The guy never made an important shot for 3 years. The wrong Johnson was put in the HOF. Kevin Johnson was the 5th best guard of his era. The other 4 Magic, MJ , Isaiah and Stockton were all inducted in the Golden era of guards in the NBA. Johnson is one of four players ever with 3 or more years of 20 ppg and 10 asg. The other 3 were Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson, and Isaiah Thomas. KJ carried his team for 5 years util Barkley arrived and with Tom Chambers turned a scandalous drug infested franchise around over night.
    Kevin Johnson can’t even get nominated. The HOF continues to be a farce, but a High School coach is inducted. Sick people!
    Because he was a perfect fit in Boston doesn’t make a player a HOF player, unless you are a joker on the nominating committee or the election committee. I guess most of them live in Boston. It continues to be a Boston Celtics HOF The stars should be in the HOF not the second tier players on championship teams.

  15. roger mathews - Apr 4, 2010 at 8:06 AM

    AAAHHHH! There was ONE, just one NBA championship, almost forgotton, as the name Supersonics, Jack Sikma, Paul Silas, Gus Williams, “Downtown” Fred Brown, and, uh, well, a young star named, Dennis Johnson. It was a thing of beauty, and if Dennis never did anything in Boston, brought one championship in men’s sports to Seattle. Yeah, he’s HOF alright. As for the “Mailman”, there were a few things that just could not be stopped. Jabbar’s skyhook, Jordan’s game, and the pick and roll of the oddest of couples, John Stockton and Karl Malone. The whole greater than the sum of its parts, maybe ask them if they’d like an asterisk, this tandum considered better than any five not named Michal Jordan.

  16. jazz - Apr 4, 2010 at 9:23 AM

    If you are going to induct a HIGH SCHOOL COACH in to the HOF, then surely Scottie Pippen, Dennis Johnson and Karl Malone deserves to be in the HOF. I find it appalling to talk about of nominating a high school coach in the same breathe as NBA Championship participants! That’s right, all three of the aforementioned players made it to the NBA Championship numerous times. That is a great feat in itself.

  17. Mark B - Apr 4, 2010 at 10:57 AM

    J.C.,
    I must FULLY AGREE with you on your response to the article written by Matt Moore.
    As I was reading it, my mouth LITERALLY dropped open. It was a VERY SHORT article, with a MERE 2 PARAGRAPHS, devoted to both Scottie Pippen and Karl Malone!
    The reader would THINK a so-called professional could get the FACTS correct, within such a SHORT article, or if not, hang up the pen, put the cover on the ole typewriter, and RETIRE ALREADY!!! Geez, the article was PITIFUL!
    Pippen & the Bulls won 6 titles Mr. Moore!! Three in a row, then with Jordan out 1 1/2 years Houston won 2, then 3 MORE in a row. Lets’ see here, if I learned math correctly in pre-kindergarten, 3+3=6!!! But maybe that’s ‘Rocket Science’, and perhaps I’m a bit smarter than I originally perceived myself to be.
    The statements about Karl Malone ARE DISGRACEFUL!!! (putting it MILDLY)….. WOW, Malone belongs in the H.O.F. BECAUSE JOHN STOCKTON IS????? Because Stockton is in, and Malone being his “pick and roll sidekick”, well okay, “let’s put Malone in as well.” That statement is SHEER STUPIDITY Mr. Moore, and can only come from an IDIOTIC MIND, knowing VERY LITTLE about professional basketball.
    The article should bring you shame, and for SERIOUS sports fans, also HOPEFULLY bring your letter of resignation, which would help cease the shame brought to your profession (to which YOU DON’T BELONG, AND IS OVER YOUR HEAD!)

  18. Mark B - Apr 4, 2010 at 12:17 PM

    J.C.,
    I must FULLY AGREE with you on your response to the article written by Matt Moore.
    As I was reading it, my mouth LITERALLY dropped open. It was a VERY SHORT article, with a MERE 2 PARAGRAPHS, devoted to both Scottie Pippen and Karl Malone!
    The reader would THINK a so-called professional could get the FACTS correct, within such a SHORT article, or if not, hang up the pen, put the cover on the ole typewriter, and RETIRE ALREADY!!! Geez, the article was PITIFUL!
    Pippen & the Bulls won 6 titles Mr. Moore!! Three in a row, then with Jordan out 1 1/2 years Houston won 2, then 3 MORE in a row. Lets’ see here, if I learned math correctly in pre-kindergarten, 3+3=6!!! But maybe that’s ‘Rocket Science’, and perhaps I’m a bit smarter than I originally perceived myself to be.
    The statements about Karl Malone ARE DISGRACEFUL!!! (putting it MILDLY)….. WOW, Malone belongs in the H.O.F. BECAUSE JOHN STOCKTON IS????? Because Stockton is in, and Malone being his “pick and roll sidekick”, well okay, “let’s put Malone in as well.” That statement is SHEER STUPIDITY Mr. Moore, and can only come from an IDIOTIC MIND, knowing VERY LITTLE about professional basketball.
    The article should bring you shame, and for SERIOUS sports fans, also HOPEFULLY bring your letter of resignation, which would help cease the shame brought to your profession (to which YOU DON’T BELONG, AND IS OVER YOUR HEAD!)

  19. Mark B - Apr 4, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    J.C.,
    I must FULLY AGREE with you on your response to the article written by Matt Moore.
    As I was reading it, my mouth LITERALLY dropped open. It was a VERY SHORT article, with a MERE 2 PARAGRAPHS, devoted to both Scottie Pippen and Karl Malone!
    The reader would THINK a so-called professional could get the FACTS correct, within such a SHORT article, or if not, hang up the pen, put the cover on the ole typewriter, and RETIRE ALREADY!!! Geez, the article was PITIFUL!
    Pippen & the Bulls won 6 titles Mr. Moore!! Three in a row, then with Jordan out 1 1/2 years Houston won 2, then 3 MORE in a row. Lets’ see here, if I learned math correctly in pre-kindergarten, 3+3=6!!! But maybe that’s ‘Rocket Science’, and perhaps I’m a bit smarter than I originally perceived myself to be.
    The statements about Karl Malone ARE DISGRACEFUL!!! (putting it MILDLY)….. WOW, Malone belongs in the H.O.F. BECAUSE JOHN STOCKTON IS????? Because Stockton is in, and Malone being his “pick and roll sidekick”, well okay, “let’s put Malone in as well.” That statement is SHEER STUPIDITY Mr. Moore, and can only come from an IDIOTIC MIND, knowing VERY LITTLE about professional basketball.
    The article should bring you shame, and for SERIOUS sports fans, also HOPEFULLY bring your letter of resignation, which would help cease the shame brought to your profession (to which YOU DON’T BELONG, AND IS OVER YOUR HEAD!)

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