If you’re a fan of basketball, you’ve most likely heard of the Basketball Hall of Fame, an American history museum located in Springfield, Massachusetts. For those of you who aren’t so familiar with the place, it’s the largest and most comprehensive collection of all things basketball. Its mission? “To honor and celebrate basketball’s greatest moments and people.” While the museum opened its doors in 1968, the Hall of Fame began honoring and inducting people into the Hall of Fame in 1959. The first person to be inducted was none other than the inventor of basketball himself, James Naismith. This year, nine people were inducted, including four players (three men and one woman), four coaches, and one NBA executive. Players Tamika Catchings of the NCAA, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, and the late Kobe Bryant of the NBA, represent a caliber of playing that stood above the rest. They were each All-Stars at least ten times and won at least one gold medal at the Olympics as a member of Team USA. Congratulations to all of the inductees!
One of the criteria for election into the Hall of Fame is that the player must be retired for four seasons and can only be nominated in the fifth retirement season. If you were on the induction committee, who would you nominate for the Basketball Hall of Fame? Why?