Posts Tagged ‘Naismith Hall of Fame Class of 2011’

Helping to Open the Hall Doors

There don’t appear to be any unexpected selections for presenters for the Hall of Fame this year, the way Michael Jordan surprised even David Thompson by picking Thompson in 2009 and Karl Malone chose Willis Reed last year despite little previous relationship. The list released Wednesday for the ceremonial duty may lack surprise, but it does not lack glamour.

The only unfortunate part is that the presenters have no speaking role. Bill Walton on Arvydas Sabonis would be priceless, Phil Jackson on Dennis Rodman potentially an all-timer, and Charles Barkley on Teresa Edwards a deserving spotlight for a great of the woman’s game. Instead, they will merely accompany the inductee on stage and stand close during the acceptance speech.

The list of the current Hall of Famers asked to present the incoming Hall of Famers:

Tara VanDerveer, presented by Jody Conradt.

Rodman, presented by Jackson.

Artis Gilmore, presented by Julius Erving.

Herb Magee, presented Jack Ramsay.

Winter, presented by Jackson.

Goose Tatum, presented by Marques Haynes and Meadowlark Lemon.

Edwards, presented Ann Meyers Drysdale and Barkley.

Sabonis, presented by Walton.

Tom (Satch) Sanders, presented by Tom Heinsohn.

Chris Mullin, presented by Lou Carnesecca.

Ceremonies are next Friday night in Springfield, Mass.

Rodman Shouldn’t Be Surprised

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Dennis Rodman claims that his inclusion in the Naismith Hall of Fame’s Class of 2011 was a “big surprise.”

It shouldn’t be.

Rodman’s entry to the hallowed hall should not surprise anyone, including the colorful former two-time Defensive Player of the Year, five-time NBA champ and rebounding machine.

“It’s unreal,” Rodman said earlier today in Houston, where the announcement was made. “I looked at the way I am, and I thought I wouldn’t get in.”

The travesty would have been the voters keeping Rodman out for all of the same reasons.