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Jordan, Magic Among 2012 Hall of Fame Presenters

HANG TIME WEST – The Hall of Fame on Tuesday announced a star-studded group of presenters for the induction ceremony next Friday night in Springfield, Mass., a list headed by Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson that is powerful enough to overshadow most of the actual inductees.

Their role is strictly ceremonial, nothing more than standing on stage as the enshrinees speak. And some choices are assigned for a person or team without a personal connection to a current Hall of Famer, as the rules require. But some in the past have been interesting selections – Jordan requesting David Thompson despite not having any relationship, Karl Malone choosing Willis Reed against the same backdrop, both in nods to home-state heroes – and the presenters this time are noteworthy for the number of all-time greats.

The complete list of enshinees and their presenters:

All America Redheads — Teresa Edwards.

Lidia Alexeeva – Will not be present.

The late Don BarksdaleBob Cousy.

Mel DanielsWayne Embry and Artis Gilmore.

Phil Knight – Jordan and John Thompson.

Katrina McClain – Edwards, Julius Erving, and C. Vivian Stringer.

Hank NicholsHubie Brown.

Don NelsonChris Mullin, Bob Lanier and Satch Sanders.

Reggie MillerCheryl Miller, Charles Barkley and Johnson.

Ralph SampsonKareem Abdul-Jabbar, Erving, and Barkley.

Chet WalkerBilly Cunningham, Earl Monroe, Adrian Dantley and Isiah Thomas.

Jamaal Wilkes – Abdul-Jabbar, Johnson, Rick Barry and Bill Walton.

In all, officials are expecting approximately 50 Hall of Famers to attend, either as participants or to watch and join in private functions.

Our Fab Five All-Time NBA Teams

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – There’s nothing like a list to get everyone stirred up and there’s nothing that Hang Time likes to do more than provide the straw that does the stirring.

So first we’ll provide with what the good folks at The Sporting News – continuing their 125th anniversary celebration – are calling their Top 10 NBA teams of all time.

But that’s the easy task. We here at Hang Time will do the heavy lifting and boil that down to our Top Five, including some changes:

No. 1: 1996 Chicago Bulls – Nobody’s really going to argue with the consensus top choice, are they? Michael Jordan fresh out of retirement and at the top of his game, joined by fellow future Hall of Famers Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman, the Bulls set the NBA record with 72 wins and outscored opponents by an average of 12.2 per game. These Bulls knew they were going to win every time they walked onto the court and usually were right.


Hang Time Podcast (Episode 21)


Posted by Sekou Smith

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — You ever wonder how many Euros it takes to buy a box of Fruit Loops in Greece?

Are you curious about Allen Iverson‘s next move or the Miami Heat’s chances of chasing records this season with their “Super Trio” (or whatever we’ve decided to call LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh these days)?

We’ve got the answer for you, along with a whole lot more, on Episode 21 of the Hang Time Podcast.

Listen Here:

Few men on the planet share the perspective on the game of basketball that our first guest, Hall of Fame coach John Thompson, can and did with us.

Thompson played on a Celtics “Super Team” of yesteryear. He competed for and won a championship as a coach at Georgetown. He’s served as a tutor and mentor to some of the game’s all-time great talents. And now he’s an acclaimed broadcaster  in his post playing and coaching career, including his fine work for TNT (check the sample above) and the radio show in Washington that he has turned into a must-listen for sports fans from all walks of life.

Former Hawks and Olympiacos star Josh Childress makes his debut on the HTP this week, navigating freeway traffic (hands free, of course) to share some of his thoughts with us about his journey from California schoolboy star to NBA trailblazer and now back to the league (he was also kind enough to share his cereal adventures from abroad).

For those of you blinded by all the free agent news from elsewhere this summer, Childress will return to the league with the Phoenix Suns (and the two old guys, Steve Nash and Grant Hill, in the video above talking) this season after the Hawks traded his NBA rights to the Suns.

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