John Doleva, president and CEO of the Hall of Fame, had this to say on the announcement that David Stern is stepping down as NBA commissioner, effective Feb. 1, 2014:
“It’s been a wonderful relationship. I think he appreciates what we do in recognizing the best of the best. I also think he appreciates the fact that we salute all aspects of the game, not just the areas related to the NBA. In his visits here, he has shown an interest in what we do in the amateur game, the women’s game and the international.
“Clearly we’ve had the support of the NBA all the way through. But specifically in my time here, the last 13 years, the NBA has been intimately involved in everything from planning to human resources to publicly supporting what we do.”
HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – Hall of Fame week always reminds us of a seemingly endless debate we have here at the hideout about the worthiness of some of the game’s current stars and whether or not they’ll one day end up in Springfield.
One of those stars we talk about often is Tracy McGrady, who at one point earlier in his career seemed like he would be a lock for the hallowed halls of the Naismith Memorial. That view isn’t quite as clear these days. The journeyman nature of his career the past few years has made the argument for McGrady a bit tougher.
Iverson, who has already played in Turkey, has perhaps the best perspective and understanding of how dramatically things can change from highest of highs for some NBA superstars to the long road back to the league once you’ve lost your way. He’s desperate for another shot and is willing to go the other side of the world to play if he can’t find a place here, as this Netease Sports report (translated) makes clear:
“I definitely want to return to the NBA, but if I can’t get back there, I’m hoping to play ball here (in China). China is still one of my choices, but the team that wants me to join has got to show me that they really mean it, like ‘Hey, we really need you.’”
Makes you wonder if there is any NBA team out there willing to say the same about either McGrady or Iverson?