The 2016 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductees include Shaquille O’Neal and Allen Iverson. This, should be a surprise to absolutely no one.
Also included in this year’s HOF class are Yao Ming, Sheryl Swoopes, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo and more.
“I’m just proud of the people that helped me, just for it be a debate if I’m going to be a Hall of Famer or not,” Iverson said after the February ceremony announcing the finalists. “I’m just proud of my family and friends and my fans that helped me get to this point.”
Iverson was among 14 finalists. The other first-time finalists included Shaquille O’Neal, longtime referee Darell Garretson, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, John McLendon (first African-American coach in a pro league), four-time WNBA champion Sheryl Swoopes, and 10-time AAU national women’s champ Wayland Baptist University.
Also named finalists were three-time NBA all-star Kevin Johnson and former college coaches Lefty Driesell and Eddie Sutton.
The Class of 2016 will be enshrined during Hall of Fame festivities in Springfield, Massachusetts, on Sept. 8-10.
Most point to A.I. crossing up Air Jordan as one of his best, but him dropping Antonio Daniels, not once but twice, is debatably better. See below.
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