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Yao Ming to enter Naismith Hall of Fame in 2012?

Posted on: August 8, 2011 9:00 pm
Edited on: August 8, 2011 9:03 pm
 
Posted by Ben Golliver

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When Houston Rockets center Yao Ming announced his retirement from the NBA in July at a ceremony in Beijing, the league's commissioner David Stern promised that the league hadn't seen the last of him. Indeed, it now sounds like we'll be seeing more of Yao on a grand stage even sooner than we might have imagined.

ProBasketballTalk.com reported on Monday that there is a loophole in the Hall of Fame's rules that could see Yao fast-tracked for induction.
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 Rockets center appeared in five games this past season, that would have him eligible in 2017.

However, there is no such waiting period when it comes to enshrining a “contributor.” And that could create the need for a Beijing-Springfield non-stop as soon as next summer.
Later Monday, NBA.com reported that representatives from the Chinese Basketball Association and media will likely proceed with nominating Yao under the "contributor" umbrella for possible enshrinement with the Class of 2012.
While there is no such thing as certainty in a balloting so secretive that even the voters are never revealed, let alone the results, Yao as a contributor removes the debate that might have accompanied his nomination as a player after a career decimated by injury. Plus, after announcing his retirement from the Rockets in July, he would not have been eligible for enshrinement until 2017. 

This unique approach would put Yao on the ballot that is submitted in late-2011 and faces two rounds of voting before inductees for the Class of 2012 are announced at the Final Four in New Orleans. The actual enshrinement would be later in the summer, likely August, in Springfield.

Yao has not yet been nominated, but John Doleva, the president and CEO of the Hall, reported he has talked with Chinese basketball officials and media who called to get clarification on the process. They replied, Doleva said, that paperwork would come in time for the 2012 ballot.

When word first broke that Yao was planning to hang it up, the Eye on Basketball staff agreed unanimously that Yao would enter the Hall of Fame for his impact on the globalization of the game even if he wasn't inducted based on the merits of his injury-plagued career. We just had no idea it would happen this quickly.  

Comments

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: August 9, 2011 11:58 am
 

Yao Ming to enter Naismith Hall of Fame in 2012?

The actual argument is going in as a player versus a contributor to the sport.  As a player, no.  As a contributor, yes.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: August 9, 2011 11:57 am
 

Yao Ming to enter Naismith Hall of Fame in 2012?

At first glance, I agreed.  He did not belong in the HOF as a player.  As I read more, I understood he may go in as a contributor to the game and not as a player.  I can agree on that more easily.  His value in escalating the Chinese market for basketball was phenomenal.  As a player, he was good, but not great.  It seems that a lot of posters did not read the article completely.



Since: Apr 13, 2010
Posted on: August 9, 2011 9:28 am
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Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: August 9, 2011 8:49 am
 

Yao Ming to enter Naismith Hall of Fame in 2012?

Hall of Fame?  I read this twice just to see if there is something I missed.  Look the argument here is if he stayed healthy for a decent stretch of years maybe.  In all reality though he would be in line behind some other players Spencer Haywood, Artis Gilmore, Benard King, Paul Westphal I'm sure there 25 more.  Those feet were not made to carry that load.  



Since: Jun 25, 2007
Posted on: August 9, 2011 8:25 am
 

Yao Ming to enter Naismith Hall of Fame in 2012?

I like Yao and feel he could have been one of the all-time greats if he remained healthy. However, NO WAY SHOULD HE BE IN THE HALL OF FAME.  Thats a disgrace, and its disrespectful to the great players that are in the hall, and the great ones who didnt get voted in.




Since: Jan 17, 2010
Posted on: August 9, 2011 4:05 am
 

Yao Ming to enter Naismith Hall of Fame in 2012?

China owns the US anyhow, so why not get an early start on running it.



Since: Oct 3, 2009
Posted on: August 9, 2011 12:15 am
 

Yao Ming to enter Naismith Hall of Fame in 2012?

Everyone is forgetting the most important thing - the "Basketball" Hall of Fame is already a joke. Can we finally get an *NBA* Hall of Fame, please?



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: August 9, 2011 12:02 am
 

Yao Ming to enter Naismith Hall of Fame in 2012?

Why all the hate guys?  He's not going in as a player.  He's going in as a contributor.  These are the guys who add to the game such as broadcasters and others who work behind the scenes.  And if you don't think he had an influence in promoting the development of the league in Asia then you are sadly a homer.



Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: August 8, 2011 10:45 pm
 

Yao Ming to enter Naismith Hall of Fame in 2012?

Yao was an excellent player and a contributor to the game by bringing immense popularity to Asia but his play did not warrant Hall of Fame consideration.  He was short term, injury prone, and he never came close to reaching his potential.  Some of his all-star appearances were deserved but half of them were based on Asian vote because of his race and had nothing to do with his play.



Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: August 8, 2011 9:58 pm
 

Yao Ming to enter Naismith Hall of Fame in 2012?

HALL OF FAME!!!! He didnt do ANYTHING!! He is a Gimmick to get Asia to buy NBA jerseys!! What a Joke!!


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