Monday, April 6th, 2009 at 11:52 am  |  36 responses

Hall Announces Class of 2009

It’s hard to image the selection committee arguing over the five to be inducted this year: “[Michael] Jordan was elected to the class of 2009 Monday with David Robinson, John Stockton, Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan and Rutgers women’s coach C. Vivian Stringer. The announcement was made in Detroit, site of the men’s Final Four. Induction is Sept. 10-12 in Springfield, Mass., home of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.”

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  • http://where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com B. Long

    How awesome is it that Jerry and John get to go in together?

  • Tuomas

    Phew, nothing comparable to Dick Vitale this year. Still. Artis. Gilmore.

  • http://thesportsdiaryonline.blogspot.com Roy

    Money in the HOF is long overdue. Glad he’s gonna be a part of the upcoming 2009 class. John Stockton and David Robinson also deserve to be there, too. :D

  • Coach Master

    Hell, they should name the award after MJ.

  • Jumpman3224

    Congrats to those 5! They really deserved it. I wonder if MJ will be reminding Stockton and Sloan back stage that he beat them twice in the finals.

    I hope Cooper and King can get in sooner or later.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    This is such a great class……congrats to all these most deserving picks. Also…..since the SLAM site is running without much new content today…..click my name to read an outstanding interview with SLAMOnline Editor In Chief,Ryne Nelson. (I hate promoting the blog here…..but it is SLAM related)

  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    “Is Bernard King gonna have to choke a b*tch?”

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    myles, i was going to say something to that effect.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Dennis Johnson, too, damn. The voters are such haters.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    Hey NBA, you could learn something from MLB and the NFL. Get your own Hall of Fame.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    And hey Chris Mullin, so sorry, but you’re no Drazen Dalipagic.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Or even Arnie Risen.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    This list would be better with eight more coaches.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Preferably some 95-year-old women’s coaches from Uzbekistan. There have to be a few that haven’t been inducted yet.

  • http://allanzuss@yahoo.com Mendel

    Who’s Micheal Jordan?

  • http://apeachbasketandadream.wordpress.com Peach B.

    Good look on the C. Vivian Stringer pick. But I thought for sure Cooper was a lock. All worthy candidates tho.

  • bballrehab

    What are the odds of Stockton’s suit being the dopest on that day?

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    He’ll probably wear a polo shirt and off-brand khakis.

  • Mr. Mackey

    HEY, now russell, it’s not nice to pick on someone just because their clothes are different, mmmmmmmkay?

  • truthteller

    My boy Scoop wrote an article for Page 2 of ESPN saying that MJ should be inducted all by himself so as not to upstage the other inductees because of what he meant to the game. What do ya’ll think about that?

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Was Bill Russell inducted by himself? Was Wilt Chamberlain? Was Oscar Robertson? That’s what I thought.

  • bballrehab

    Ahah, that’s right, a polo shirt with off-brand khakis AND boat shoes.

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  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Guess this is one assist Stockton couldn’t pass to Karl.

  • http://where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com B. Long

    I thought that Stockton was still pulling in that “Dockers” endorsment loot?

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Jordan, Admiral, Stockton and Jerry Sloan. I am so happy right now, literally beaming with the good vibes. Some of my 90′s Ballheroes right there.

  • http://www.ojhoops.blogspot.com the baconator

    @Mendel: Some baseball player; he wasn’t all that good

  • wilz

    assh0les Uzbekistan!! hahah

  • http://allanzuss@yahoo.com Mendel

    Yeah its funny some baseball player is in the basketball Hall of Fame. I think that Michael Jordan guy should be in the baseball hall of fame for the most recognized player who sucked.

  • truthteller

    I feel you. That’s what I thought when I read the article. I know he’s from Chicago and he’s trying to represent the city and MJ was great but I think he took this one just a tad too far. I just wanted to see what your thoughts were. We still love Scoop though.

  • EC

    in other news Bernard King was seen in Springfield, Ma wearing his Dennis Johnson Throwback….

  • http://mindyourbusiness@getalife.com Allenp

    Who is Bernard King?

  • truthteller

    I see what Scoop’s saying though. On all the sports channels and magazines and papers, they are making it seem like MJ is the only guy getting inducted! They ahave segments for MJ and Mj alone! I feel you and I see your argument but from what I’ve been seeing and reading lately, Scoop may have a point…

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    seeing that i am the Micheal Jordan of commenting i believe that by the rules, i too am in the Hall of Fame now.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    gawd, BET. Btw, the Wayne Brady line from Chappelle used for Bernard King earlier? Made me laugh so hard, i cried. Genius.

  • chintao

    Fu(k all these guys.