Nice to see Gavitt get in in his first year of eligibility. Changed the landscape of college basketball by forming the Big East, and would have won a national championship in '73 (Walton wouldn't have gone 21-22 in the title game) if Barnes didn't go down(or take a dive on orders from the Patriarcha Family) after Providence took a double digit lead in the first half of the national semis vs. Memphis State.
Originally posted by ekedolphinHee, but seriously, I wanna see Charles Barkley's induction speech! They'd better televise it!
I'm sure Kenny, Magic, Reggie and Ernie will be rolling over in their graves afterwards. ;)
kedzie.net "Larry Brown is a great coach, but them players... they ain't gettin' it. Mark Jackson used to say the operation was a success but the patient died. The Knicks are DEAD. D-E-E-A-A-D dead." ~ Charles Barkley "Sports are about one thing: players making plays. When you're giving bad players [huge] contracts, you don't know what the hell you're doing."~ Charles Barkley "[Larry Brown being hired to coach the Knicks] is like putting $5,000 rims on a Pontiac Bonneville." ~ Charles Barkley
Charles Barkley Joe Dumars Dominique Wilkens Geno Auriemma (UConn Women's Coach) Dave Gavitt (Former Head Coach, Providence/Former Big East Commish)
WAIT TILL NEXT YEAR:
Adrian Dantley Ralph Sampson Don Nelson Gene Keady
I do beleive that this year has the potential of featuring the greatest HoF induction speech of any sport or non-sport ever, and yes...that factors in The Iron Shiek from last year.
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Sorry for ther late response to this, but I think you could add Dennis Johnson to the "Wait till next year" list.
"Speaking of Thomases, I loved your recent Atrocious GM Summit column, although I think that you flatter Isiah Thomas far too much by suggesting that he is merely one of a number of atrocious GMs. The truth is that Rob Babcock and Billy King are Einstein next to him. The mess he is creating right now in New York will be studied by business school students 50 years from now alongside Enron and pets.com."
The references may be true but each one of them played with a lot of heart. They may not have been the perfect athletes but they always gave 100% of themselves. Well, I am not sure if you include Rocky but he is Philadelphia.