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  1. Quote of the Day: Don Nelson thinks life in Maui doesn’t suck

    Sep 8, 2012, 7:01 AM EDT

    “Hopefully, this will be the last tuxedo I’ll be wearing. “There is life after basketball. Come out and have a cup of coffee with me in Maui.” —Don Nelson, the legendary Celtics player and the winningest coach NBA history, during his induction into the Hall of Fame speech Friday. After Nelson chased after the Minnesota…

  2. How Reggie, Cheryl Miller used to hustle playground games

    Sep 7, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

    Reggie Cheryl Miller

    By the end of Friday night, Reggie and Cheryl Miller will be the first ever brother/sister combination enshrined in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. In fact, Cheryl will be on stage presenting Reggie when he makes his speech. That gives me a good reason to tell my favorite Miller family story, one Cheryl Miller…

  3. Video: ABA highlights of Hall of Famer Mel Daniels

    Sep 6, 2012, 9:02 AM EDT

    Mel Daniels

    There were a lot of guys — Julius Erving, Moses Malone, Artis Gilmore, George Gervin — who started their careers in the short-lived ABA and went on to legendary NBA careers. But Mel Daniels is the exception, he played almost his entire career in the ABA and had only one season with the Nets after the…

  4. Video: NBA highlights of Hall of Famer Chet Walker

    Sep 6, 2012, 2:19 AM EDT

    Chet Walker

    Walker was one of the too-often overlooked guys on one of the early Super Teams — the late 1960s team in Philadelphia had Wilt Chamberlain, Billy Cunningham and Hal Greer. Yet, the unsung Walker averaged 18.2 points and 7.1 rebounds a game for his career, part of which was as a Bull in Chicago. Look…

  5. Meet the new Basketball Hall of Famers: Jamaal Wilkes

    Sep 3, 2012, 2:11 PM EDT

    wilkes-lakers

    Legendary Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn used to call Jamaal Wilkes baseline jumper a “20-foot layup.” It was that automatic. Magic Johnson would drive the lane, kick it out and you knew it was two. And that shot, with its eccentric form that would make Shawn Marion wince — Wilkes swung the ball behind his left…

  6. Don Nelson says he got small ball idea from Red Auerbach

    Aug 30, 2012, 11:41 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Minnesota Timberwolves

    Don Nelson will enter the Basketball Hall of Fame as the coach who has won more games than anyone else in NBA history. He will go in as an innovator, a team builder, a guy who colored outside the lines and that worked for him. One of the things Nelson liked to do was play…

  7. Jordan, Magic to be presenters at Hall of Fame ceremony

    Aug 29, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Chicago Bulls

    Presenters are a ceremonial part of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame induction. They don’t actually do anything, but the ceremony calls for an already enshrined Hall of Famer to stand behind the inductee as he or she speaks about being inducted. When Phil Knight — the founder of Nike — is enshrined next Friday…

  8. Reggie Miller, Don Nelson lead Basketball Hall of Fame class

    Apr 2, 2012, 1:32 PM EDT

    Reggie Miller

    I’m going to try — to really, really try — not to turn this into a “we need a separate NBA Hall of Fame” rant. Even though we do. I don’t want to go there because there are some deserving people getting into the Hall of Fame as part of this year’s class. Reggie Miller,…

  9. Don Nelson finally elected to the Hall of Fame

    Mar 29, 2012, 1:32 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Minnesota Timberwolves

    He’s deserved this for a while and it’s finally going to happen. Don Nelson is going to go into the Hall of Fame, reports CSNBayArea.com. The announcement will be made official Monday, but Nelson confirmed he got the call Wednesday morning to ESPN. “It’s a great honor to cap my career,” Nelson said. “I’ve had…

  10. Hall of Fame nominees announced. Yes, we see you Reggie.

    Nov 11, 2011, 9:17 PM EDT

    reggie-miller

    It’s just the first step — and getting past the first step can lead to controversy. The list of nominees for the 2012 class of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame have been announced. It’s an impressive group of people from all across the hoops spectrum (remember, the Hall of Fame is the entire sport,…

  11. Portland fans outpouring humbles Arvydas Sabonis

    Aug 19, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

    Sabonis Hall of Fame

    Arvydas Sabonis is a quiet man, not someone given to grand shows of emotion. But the newly minted Hall of Famer remains one of the most beloved of Trail Blazers, and it showed when more than 2,500 showed up to cheer Sabonis at a rally in the city. All of that seemed to catch Sabonis…

  12. Rodman fans were out in force at Hall… that’s a little scary

    Aug 13, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

    Inductee Dennis Rodman acknowledges the crowd after delivering his acceptance speech during the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2011 Enshrinement Ceremony in Springfield

    Dennis Rodman entered the Hall of Fame like no other. It wasn’t just the speech (which was emotional and genuine), it was the sideshow that travels with Rodman. He didn’t just bring in a motley crew, he actually brought in Motley Crue. He arrived by helicopter, thanked Penny Marshal and basically said Phil Jackson was…

  13. Video: See just how good Arvydas Sabonis really was

    Aug 12, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

    sabonis-608

    For a lot of NBA fans, Arvydas Sabonis was that big Blazers center back in the late 80s-early ’90s, a big body with a nice, well-rounded game. But by the time he got here he was already past his peak, we didn’t see him back before an Achilles injury changed his career. Even after that he…

  14. What active players are bound for basketball’s Hall of Fame?

    Aug 11, 2011, 12:21 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New Orleans Hornets - Game Three

    Chris Mullin is in. So is Artis Gilmore. Arvydas Sabonis is in (more for his European career than what he did in the NBA after that). Dennis Rodman will join them (in spectacular fashion). Those are the NBA players entering the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame on Friday. All of them deserving. But what current…

  15. Rodman will arrive at Hall of Fame via helicopter. With acrobats.

    Aug 11, 2011, 9:36 AM EDT

    Dennis Rodman

    You knew Dennis Rodman going into the Hall of Fame was going to be a spectacular show, one way or another. But did you expect helicopters and acrobats? Well, yes, we kind of did. And we will not be disappointed, according to Barry Jackson at the Miami Herald (via SLAM). Aventura’s Dennis Rodman told us Tuesday…

  16. Mullin could have gone into Hall and been Knicks GM

    Aug 11, 2011, 9:20 AM EDT

    Chris Mullin

    As Chris Mullin heads into the Hall of Fame telling cool stories about him and Larry Bird, there is a tinge of regret in New York. When Mullin was pushed out the door as general manager of the Golden State Warriors — so Don Nelson’s cabal could have more power — there were other teams…

  17. Video: Artis Gilmore, underrated all the way to the hall

    Aug 9, 2011, 10:23 PM EDT

    artis-gilmore

    It seems fitting that Artis Gilmore was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame by the ABA committee — this was a guy who should have been in the Hall years ago but ends up getting in through the back door. His whole career was kind of that way. He was overshadowed and overlooked. As…

  18. Larry Bird, Chris Mullin shoot to a draw

    Aug 9, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

    chris-mullin

    Larry Bird and Chris Mullin were two of the greatest pure shooters the game has ever seen. Bird is in the Hall of Fame, Mullin gets inducted Friday. They were also both on the original Dream Team for the USA in the 1992 Olympics. This was Mullin at his peak and Larry Bird well past…

  19. Dennis Rodman promises no antics at hall enshrinement

    Aug 9, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Dennis Rodman talks during the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Announcement of the Class of 2011 in Houston

    Dennis Rodman once said he would strip naked on a basketball court. And that didn’t strike us as the most outrageous thing we could picture him doing during a game. So you can imagine that the rather stodgy folks at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame had some concerns about the induction ceremony Friday.…

  20. Winderman: Wait five years? Yao could be in Hall of Fame next year.

    Aug 8, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    Yao Ming Olympics China

    With his recent retirement, the waiting period officially is under way for Yao Ming. According to enshrinement guidelines for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, “A player must be fully retired for five years before being eligible for Enshrinement. He/she may then be considered for Enshrinement in the sixth year of retirement.” Because the…

  21. It’s all good between Warriors, Chris Mullin as he enters hall

    Aug 3, 2011, 5:20 PM EDT

    chris-mullin

    Chris Mullin is a Golden State Warriors icon. A star player, five-time All-Star and part of Run TMC, the golden years for Golden State. It was those years that helped him get elected to the Hall of Fame. He then went on to the front office and was the GM the one time this franchise…

  22. Hall of Fame declared “safe zone” for players, management

    Aug 1, 2011, 10:59 AM EDT

    basketballHOF

    Starting Aug. 11 and running for three days a number of men and women will receive the highest honor for their contributions to basketball — they will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. It’s a celebration that usually brings former and current players, coaches and other team management all to one…

  23. Phil Jackson to present Rodman, Winter into Hall of Fame

    Jul 31, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game One

    Phil Jackson may have walked away from basketball, but he’s still got some duties to perform. At the Hall of Fame inductions on Aug. 12, Jackson is going to be a busy man. He has been asked to be the presenter for both Tex Winter, his long-time assistant coach, and Dennis Rodman, a former player…

  24. Dennis Rodman reminisces about time in Chicago

    May 19, 2011, 8:12 AM EDT

    Dennis Rodman talks during the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Announcement of the Class of 2011 in Houston

    Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman (man, does it feel good to type that) is back in Chicago for the final episodes of the Oprah Winfrey show. No, we’re not kidding. He took some time out to reminisce about his time with the Bulls, something captured by CSN Chicago. As you can see the video below,…

  25. Winderman: It’s time for an NBA Hall of Fame

    Apr 5, 2011, 5:21 PM EDT

    2011 Hall of Fame Class Basketball

    OK, exhale. No, not from the disappointment that was the NCAA men’s championship game (Butler apparently couldn’t hit the exit on its way home, either), but rather from the Basketball Hall of Fame announcements. Teresa Edwards, Goose Tatum and Herb Magee but no Reggie Miller, who didn’t even make it to the final round of…

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