Friday, August 13, 2010
Congratulations to a great HOF class
Karl Malone and Scottie Pippen are very special players who deserve their Hall of Fame recognition.
It is great to see this latest class entering the Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.
I am so excited for this group, baby! Scottie Pippen was named as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA history and he was a special player. Pippen was capable of shooting the jumper and scoring inside. He could handle the rock, too. He teamed with Michael the Magnificent, winning six titles. It is beautiful to see Mr. Jordan introducing him.
Karl Malone was incredible on the baseline. I loved watching him team up with John Stockton on the pick and roll. Malone is bringing in Willis Reed from Louisiana to introduce him. Malone was the perfect prototype of a power forward and always will be.
I am so thrilled to see Bob Hurley Sr. finally get in. He has been such a major contributor to the game at St. Anthony's high school in New Jersey. It is well deserved and his discipline is so unique and so special. He has been an ambassador for the sport.
Cynthia Cooper meant so much to women's basketball. She was a star in college and later with the WNBA, helping the Houston Comets cut down the nets as league champions.
Dennis Johnson and Gus Johnson are being honored posthumously. I am sure it is a great honor for their respective families. They were tenacious players who worked so hard. Gus Johnson was such a force on the glass. Dennis Johnson has been praised by the likes of Larry Bird and Kevin McHale for his contribution to Celtics championships.
The Dream Team and the 1960 U. S. Olympic team are being honored as well.
It is an amazing feeling when you are standing up there, becoming part of the crème de la crème of the basketball world. You understand how great people help you get to that moment. I understand the moment, when your name is called and you see the crowd. There are so many greats there, the builders of the game.
You are surrounded by Hall of Fame people to guide, motivate and assist you to reach that amazing level. It is hard to describe the feeling when you are being inducted. It is so, so special.
The 2010 class is part of the greatest club in the game of basketball. It is an incredible feeling when your name is called and you are part of the Hall.