A month ago on The Overdose, we took turns picking who we thought would make this year’s Hall of Fame class. I remember feeling like a sucker for saying all the NBA candidates should be in. Reggie Miller, Ralph Sampson, Maurice Cheeks, Bernard King, Jamaal Wilkes — all of ‘em should be in, as far as I’m concerned.
2012 @HoopHall Class: Lidia Alexeeva, Don Barksdale, Mel Daniels, Chet Walker, Phil Knight, Don Nelson, Hank Nichols, Katrina McClain (1/2)
2012 @HoopHall Class: The All American Redheads, Ralph Sampson, Jamaal Wilkes & Reggie Miller. (2/2)
First and foremost, congratulations to the All American Redheads. Peggy Lawson, Butch Moore, Glenda Hall, Red Mason — congrats to the whole bunch. You gals did it. Second, weird choice by the NBA to release the names everyone is wondering about on the second tweet. Kind of buried the tweet lede there, guys. The internet is all about immediacy. Hit me with that Reggie off the top next time.
The big stories, of course, will be Reggie Miller making the Hall of Fame after missing out — a big-time no duh that should have happened last year — and Bernard King missing out on the Hall of Fame, yet again. It’s fifth time that he’s been nominated, only to fail to receive enough votes for election. I guess being a top 30 points per game scorer all-time is not good enough for the Hall of Fame. I guess being one of the best scorers and most respected players of his generation isn’t enough to get votes. Obviously, I want everyone in the Hall of Fame because I’m a big softie, but I think we can agree that Bernard King should definitely be inducted.
Nonetheless, he’s out and all these other people are getting in. Feel free to chime in with your thoughts in the comments. Maybe you’ll say something like, “It’s too bad that Bernard King getting in means no one will talk about the fact that Mo Cheeks also didn’t get in, when he really should have. People must hate the 1980s.” I don’t know if you’ll say exactly that, but perhaps it will cross your mind.