Blogtable: A Hall Of Its Own?

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE)

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE)

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The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement is this weekend. Do you like the Hall as is, or would you prefer the pro game have its own place, like football?

Steve Aschburner, NBA.comThe NBA would be better off with its own Hall of Fame. When you go to baseball’s Hall in Cooperstown or hockey’s in Toronto, the emphasis is 98 percent on MLB or the NHL. This league’s history is rich enough now to carry its own shrine and museum, and the crazy-quilt selection process — too many college coaches enshrined, for instance, or relative unknowns from overseas and now the goofy “team” entries — muddies the message and the honor. Right now, the joint in Springfield is a hodgepodge and the NBA inductees and presence wind up with a lower profile out of some notion of “fairness.” Imagine, though, what the league’s marketing machinery could do with its own Hall, balloting system and annual ceremony.

Fran Blinebury, NBA.comI do like being able to trace the roots of the game all the way back through one Hall of Fame, including high school, colleges, pros and international players, coaches and contributors under one roof. There just needs to be a better ongoing program of education about qualification. I’m speaking specifically about a player such as Ralph Sampson, a three-time College Player of the Year, who unquestionably has deserved enshrinement, but has had to wait due an NBA career that was stifled and cut short by injury.

Jeff Caplan, NBA.comIt doesn’t bother me that the NBA does not have its own Hall of Fame. Basketball is different than football. Women don’t play football collegiately or professionally, and American football is not a global game like basketball. So it actually seems fitting that NBA players are included in an all-encompassing basketball Hall of Fame.

Scott Howard-Cooper, NBA.com: Keep it the way it is. I get that a lot of fans in the United States, in particular, don’t like hearing an unfamiliar name get elected when a favorite NBA player has missed. But that’s not because the basketball Hall also salutes the amateur, women’s and international levels. No NBA representative has missed being elected because the coach of the Soviet Union women’s team got in. Putting an occasional spotlight on the parts of the game that don’t ordinarily get much attention is not a bad thing. It doesn’t take anything away from the moment for the headliners.

John Schuhmann, NBA.com: Hall of Fame voting often confuses me, but it would be weird to have two Halls and two different enshrinement ceremonies for NBA stars. The current set-up isn’t perfect, but for the most part, the right players are in and out and we’re not desperate for a change.

Lang Whitaker, NBA.com’s All Ball blog: The Hall of Fame seems to matter most to the people who are either in it or are hoping to get in. To everyone else, it’s a building in Massachusetts that you can visit and relive some pretty neat memories. Having it be a catch-all Hall for all things basketball, not just the NBA, seems like, if anything, it could be helpful for basketball fans as a way to consolidate different levels of the game. The thing that bothers me about the Hall is how mysterious the entry process is. What are the criteria for nomination? Who are the people deciding these things? Why all the secrecy around it?

Stefanos Triantafyllos, NBA Greece: A member of the Hall of Fame (for more games with a national team) Panagiotis Giannakis, often says that “basketball is one same thing”, whether we are talking about youth leagues or the NBA. I agree with the “Dragon” and like the international flavor that the Hall of Fame is showcasing.

Akshay Manwani, NBA India: That’s why it’s called The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  Why should it be exclusively for pro athletes alone? Imagine where Michael Jordan would have been without coach Dean Smith’s influence on him? The Hall, currently, allows for everyone, be it at the amateur or pro level, who has helped shape the game of basketball into its present form to be enshrined provided they have made an impact. That’s the way it should remain.

15 Comments

  1. Glazebrook says:

    I think the NBA and pro basketball having their own Hall of Fame is a great idea. Personally speaking, I’m much more into the professional game and its history than the other levels. The main thing I would hope for this possible Hall is that its’ location be in a large city. Springfield is a bit hard to get to by airplane.

  2. chicago says:

    It should be seperated. The hall is for the best of the best? Well NBA players are the greatest, not college, not high school and notthe WNBA.

  3. J says:

    let the nba have it’s own hall of fame

  4. Karlo Garcia says:

    Its a SPECIAL PLACE :)

  5. Karlo Garcia says:

    The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame should NOT HAVE ITS OWN HOF. Basketball is a international/global sport whether it be amature or pro level.

  6. Aussie Bull says:

    Where Scott Howard-Cooper says “I get that a lot of fans in the United States, in particular, don’t like hearing an unfamiliar name get elected when a favorite NBA player has missed” that also goes the other way. Why haven’t guys like Australia’s Andrew Gaze made the Hall if it is an international institution. I mean the guy may have limited success in his brief attempts at entering the NBA but he’s a 15-time all NBL (Australia’s pro basketball league) first team (there is no second or third team), 7 time NBL MVP, 2 time NBL champion, 5 time Olympian, NBL all-time scoring leader and has an NBA championship ring after playing a bit part on the Spurs 2001 roster. If the Hall wants to reward people who are successful worldwide, at all levels, despite lacking NBA success, Gaze should be a shoe in as pretty much the Michael Jordan of the NBL.

    • ozz says:

      spurs didn’t win a chip in ’01, and I totally agree with Steve NBA needs its own Hall of Fame. NBL Australian League is absolute joke, the new Canadian League is better why would any player there deserve to be in the same Hall of Fame as MJ, Bird, Majic, etc..

  7. OKC2014 says:

    Don’t care what happens or where it goes….. As long as Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook get inducted one day.

  8. rob says:

    “too many college coaches enshrined, for instance, or relative unknowns from overseas and now the goofy “team” entries — muddies the message and the honor.”

    Such is the level of elitism displayed by Mr. Aschburner that it behooves me (or any other basketball fan for that matter) to take time and write a reply here. You could’have argued for an NBA HoF without muddying (to use his words) the merits and principles of the Basketball Hall of Fame, but you chose otherwise and belittled those who have been enshrined in the HoF without any help from the NBA. This lack of respect from a sportswriter such as yourself is quite ignorant and shameful. Hang Time Blog editors, please do check what you put in here. Your readers deserve better. A lot better.

  9. Jamie says:

    The stories of international greats are no less important, just because they might not be well known specifically to the American public. Some years there are guys from old NBA days or international basketball that I haven’t heard of, but I enjoy learning about their history and the part they played in this great game. A Hall of Fame should fight ignorance in the game, not cater to it.

  10. Vinícius Manhães Andrade says:

    I STRONGLY believe the Hall of Fame should stay as it is without any other new “Halls”. I think that the meaningfulness of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame would get hurt by the existence of an NBA Hall of Fame. I think there should be only one Hall for the sport of Basketball, where all the Hall of Famers are united as one big family that belongs in the same place.

    I think it would be extremely selfish and arrogant to create a Hall of Fame for the NBA only. I think it would diminish the other athletes and professionals of the sport around the world to categorize the sport in that way. It’s extremely elitist and fascist to do something like that. I am 100% against it and I think that people that think otherwise, honestly, are being elitist too. The NBA is and always will be the greatest basketball league in the world, and I love it, I love to see the best 30 basketball teams all in one league, different from soccer that isn’t like that, for instance. But to create a Hall of Fame for only one of them? DISRESPECTFUL! BLASPHEMOUS! None of the players, coaches, or teams started in the NBA from the beginning, they had to play in college, or high school, or overseas before going to the league.

    And for Mr. Steve Aschburner, the one who talks about the “relative unknowns from overseas”. Maybe YOU are the one who should start to learn a little bit more about the sport to understand why these “unknowns” are entering the Hall of Fame. The integrity of the legacies being honored shouldn’t be harmed because of one’s lack of knowledge!

  11. Lawrence says:

    I don’t think it would be a good idea to have a separate HOF for the NBA. Basketball has become an international game and worldwide competition has caught up to American players.

    However, if there is a separate NBA HOF, players like Kevin Johnson (http://hostnumber.com/kevin-johnson-career-stats.html) could be included. But would it be the same ?

  12. Duane Murrill says:

    I think that it should stay the way it is. Let’s think about it. When you consider the rich history of basketball and all of the people who have made sugnificant impacts on the game itself, coaches, anouncers, referees, and of course players; It’s a no brainer it has to remain as it is. Now I do agree that maybe they could do things a little diferently and I sometimes question the selection process but nothings perfect.

  13. celtics1 says:

    This whole hall of fame thing is a joke. I have seen so many hall of famers who dont deserve to be on the list. Am hearing reports about allen iverson will be inducted into the hall of fame , just want to know why.

    When guys like robert horry, horace grant, grant hill, ron harper are not even mentioned in the conversatio of hall of famers.

    I think its all political, and i dont care what they do any more