Tag:Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame
Posted on: November 11, 2011 6:29 pm
Edited on: November 11, 2011 7:26 pm

2012 Naismith Hall of Fame candidates announced

Posted by Ben Golliverreggie-miller

Back in the pre-lockout days, basketball was this awesome sport where you could earn big money playing professionally if you were good. And, if you were really good, you might just make the Naismith Hall of Fame, a hallowed ground where basketball, and not basketball-related income, was center stage.

Despite the ongoing lockout, NBA.com reports that the pool of candidates for the 2012 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame has been released.

Some of the biggest names include: Indiana Pacers guard Reggie Miller, Yugoslavian center Vlade Divac, NBA referee Dick Bavetta, former Philadelphia 76ers point guard Maurice Cheeks, long-time coach Don Nelson, 16-year NBA veteran Paul Silas, Golden State Warriors and Miami Heat point guard Tim Hardaway, Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks point guard Mark Jackson, former New York Knicks forward Bernard King, former Houston Rocketse coach Rudy Tomjanovich, WNBA star Rebecca Lobo and Chicago Bulls executive Jerry Krause. 

Here's a longer list of nominees.

Al Attles, John Bach, Dick Bavetta, Maurice Cheeks, Lefty Driesell, Bill Fitch, Cotton Fitzsimmons, Curt Gowdy (contributor category), Tim Hardaway, Spencer Haywood, former NCAA executive Tom Jernstedt (contributor), Mark Jackson, Bernard King, Jerry Krause, Reggie Miller, Dick Motta, Don Nelson, Billy Packer (contributor), Rick Pitino, Paul Silas (as a player), George Raveling (contributor), Mitch Richmond, Ralph Sampson, Eddie Sutton, Rudy Tomjanovich, Gene Shue, Jim Valvano (contributor), Donnie Walsh (contributor), Gary Williams, Paul Westphal (as a player), Jamaal Wilkes.

Naismith Hall of Fame finalists are usually announced during NBA All-Star Weekend, scheduled for February in Orlando, Fla., assuming that the festivities are not killed by the lockout. From there, another round of cuts to finalize the class comes in March.

Given his clear snub last year, Miller seems like the obvious headliner in this year's class. He's the biggest name among former players, has a lengthy track record of contributions on and off the court and provides a touch of star power, a necessary commodity every year. Pairing former teammates Miller and Jackson on the induction list could make sense too.

Divac will almost certainly fill the Arvydas Sabonis role, the biggest name international player whose global contributions to the game are undeniable. Lobo, similarly, would make a nice successor to last year's honoree Teresa Edwards, in terms of her college success and icon status.

After those three, Cheeks, an NBA champion, 4-time All-Star and exceptional two-way player might stand the best chance of induction. Hardaway was a 5-time All-Star and is best remember for his killer crossover, but he never enjoyed the postseason success that we generally associate with Hall of Fame players and he sparked a controversy back in 2007 when he made homophobic comments, which he has since apologized for.

Bavetta, the NBA's record-holder for most games officiated, is a wild-card; he will be surely be inducted at some point and it's just a matter of when, not if. Krause, the architect of the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls dynasty during the 1990s, has reportedly made many enemies among the basketball establishment and his candidacy may suffer for that fact.

The safe money on the 2012 class might be Miller, Jackson, Divac, Lobo, Cheeks and Bavetta plus ABA champion and All-Star George McGinnis representing the now-defunct league.
Posted on: August 12, 2011 11:40 pm
Edited on: August 13, 2011 12:00 am

Video: Dennis Rodman Hall of Fame speech

By Matt Moore

Dennis Rodman 2011 Hall Of Fame Speech (VIDEO) by 3030fm

Video via Jose3030 on Twitter. 

Dennis Rodman was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Friday night, and did not disappoint. After a wardrobe change, we kid you not, Rodman took to the podium in tears and forced his way through an emotional and contrite speech. He specifically targeted himself as having failed as a husband, son, and father. He said his one true regret was that he wished he'd been a better father. He spoke of the eccentric wardrobe and behavior and how it was an exterior to express his desire to be a colorful individual. 

It was an at-times disjointed speech, but filled with emotion, a true appreciation of the accomplishment and love for the game.  It was at once truly fitting of Rodman's career and a stark contrast to Michael Jordan's bitter pettiness-fueled tirade two years ago. Rodman in particular spoke of both Chuck Daly and his presenter, Phil Jackson, along with Jordan and Pippen. Rodman seemed truly overwhelmed by the moment, putting aside his excessive behavior (outside of two nose rings and a lip ring, and gave a speech worth remembering. It doesn't change who Rodman has been, or who he will be, but it does cement the fact that Rodman belongs here, among players like Artis Gilmore and coaches like Tex Winter. 

The Worm is in the Hall, and he went in on his own terms as you could have guessed.
Posted on: August 12, 2011 10:29 pm
Edited on: August 12, 2011 10:55 pm

Dennis Rodman at Hall of Fame: What did he wear?

Posted by Ben Golliver

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony drags on and on for hours, and with the lockout in full force it's unclear how many people actually cared about the annual tradition this year.

There is one exception, of course, and that's the flamboyant Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls Dennis Rodman, who showed up at the ceremony in Springfield, Massachusetts, in style on Friday night.

One outlandish outfit wasn't enough for Rodman, who promised and delivered a wardrobe change in between the red carpet and speech portions of the evening. Here are pictures of his outfits.

On the red carpet, Rodman wore a silver jacket, a silver scarf, a black and silver hat with feathers, a black boa, white and black sunglasses, silver hoop earrings, two nose rings and a lip ring. Here are a few pictures.



During his speech, Rodman kept the earrings, nose rings and lip ring but opted for a new jacket and shirt. The shirt was white and accompanied by a glimery silver scarf while his jacket was Black with red trim. On the back of the jacket, the words "Pistons" and "Bulls" appeared along with a glittery basketball that was on fire. 




Finally, here's a look at his more subdued outfit during the trial run through on Thursday night. Rodamn wears a black jacket, jeans, a black and red hat, the same white and black sunglasses and all the same facial jewelry.


Credits: All images via Getty Images.
Posted on: August 12, 2011 5:46 pm

Dennis Rodman's Hall of Fame Nike shoe

Posted by Ben Golliver

A special shoe for a special day.

Class of 2011 Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman always had his own take on style, whether that was posing nude on his book cover, wearing a wedding dress or spray-painting his head like it was a wall for graffiti. Once famous, Rodman yearned to be jaw-dropping and different.

As he enters the hallowed Hall, though, Rodman feet will be covered in commemoration rather than controversy.  

Rodman posted images of his Hall of Fame Nikes to his Twitter account on Friday. The shoes are your standard low-cut, white-on-white Air Force 1s with a twist: black lettering and symbols that pay homage to his NBA career, statistical accomplishments and family. Click here for a full-size image.

Among the insignia are his chlidren's names (D.J., Trinity and Alexis), his number of NBA All-Star Game appearances (2), his number of championship rings (5), his number of Defensive Player of the Year awards (2) and his jersey numbers: No. 10 for the Detroit Pistons and No. 91 for the Chicago Bulls.

His unique talent for rebounding is remembered in a number of ways. Pictured is his career rebounding total (11,954 boards), his number of league rebounding titles (seven), his best rebounding average (18.7 boards in 1991-1992) and his best rebounding performance in a single game (34 in a March 1992 Pistons win over the Indiana Pacers).

Perhaps the coolest touch is a silhouette of this iconic image of him chasing down a loose ball with his body totally parallel to the floor with his nickname, "The Worm" imprinted on top.

All in all, a pretty cool way to remember a career. Now we all sit and pray that Rodman keeps his shoes, and the rest of his clothes, on during Friday night's induction ceremony.

Image via Dennis Rodman on Twitter.
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