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Vitale spoke from heart at Hall of Fame induction

Originally Published: September 5, 2008
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Throughout Friday, Dick Vitale was nervous and anxious about the most difficult speech of his life.

ESPN communications personnel were told Vitale had only five to eight minutes to speak at the Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.

But there was no way he could be expected to hold to that number. Good thing for Vitale, the other six members of the Class of 2008 -- Pat Riley, Adrian Dantley, Hakeem Olajuwon, Patrick Ewing, William Davidson ...

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