Rare Air Hall of Fame Inductions

Hall of Fame inductee Michael Jordan during half-time of the NCAA final between the MSU Spartans and the North Carolina Tar Heels Monday, April 6, 2009.

Did you get a load of Michael Jordan’s suit last night at halftime of the game?  This picture doesn’t do it justice but trust me he was clean.  Jordan has sealed his career with the pinnacle of basketball achievement – induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

  I like what he said about being inducted.

“This is not fun for me, Getting enshrined in the Hall of Fame, you know your career is completely over.”

Joining MJ, a basketball champion and statesman David “The Admiral” Robinson from the San Antonio Spurs via the US Naval Academy. 

Then there is the all time assist leader John Stockton from the Utah Jazz and Rutgers women’s coach C. Vivian Stringer. 

This is truly a sweet and deserving class of winners.  And the best part about each of the players in particular is that when each came into the league, the Spurs, Jazz and Bulls respectively were horrible teams.  Robinson was the foundation to bring the Spurs back, Stockton with pick n’ roll pal Karl Malone made the Jazz what they are today, and god knows what Michael did with the Bulls.  It’s one thing to be a great player on a great team, its another to be a great player who helps to make a team great.  All three of these can say they did just that.

It also goes without saying that Stringer deserves enshrinement too.  She is the first coach in NCAA history to take three different women’s NCAA teams to the Final Four.  She is the third winningest coach in women’s basketball history.  She is also a pioneer for women’s sports period. 

Congratulations to them all!

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