Monday, September 7th, 2009 at 10:30 am  |  27 responses

Thompson Ushering MJ into Hall of Fame

The man who inspired Michael Jordan’s game the most will get the honor over a host of other legendary candidates: “Michael Jordan had his pick. Dean Smith. Phil Jackson. Maybe even his good friend Charles Barkley … He chose David Thompson. The former NBA high-flyer who had starred at North Carolina … State. ‘I got a call from the Hall of Fame and they asked me if I was willing to be a presenter for someone,’ Thompson said. “I said, ‘Yeah.’ I didn’t know who it was. … They said Michael Jordan. I was like, ‘Wow.’ He told them that he was a big fan of mine and I was the one that really inspired him. Being that there was so many North Carolina people he could’ve chose, I was honored.’”

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  • carter

    They asked me but I was busy.

  • mamadou n’diaye

    They need to get some David Thompson games on espn classic. I need to see how a guard could put up 73 before the 3 pointer existed. Guy must have been unreal.

  • http://myspace.com/showbread Bryan

    Micheal jordan should be inducting lebron james into the hall of fame not getting inducted.

  • nastierthanyou

    how did he put up 73? Ask Jackie Moon’s momma!!! The alley oop. They threw the lob left and right. It made the syracuse team, with sherman douglas & stevie thompson, look like a gene hackman coached squad. Of course for u young heads out there this post will mean nothing to you

  • http://dsfjkf.com Jukai

    mamadou: He was unreal at sniffing copious amounts of coke and not being able to walk up club stairs

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

    u shut your mouth jukai

  • http://vandelayindustries.com Art Vandelay

    Great move by MJ to honour the “Skywalker”!

  • Allan

    are you seriously saying that michael jordan shouldnt be inducted to the hof?..

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    I was surprised he didn’t ask Dennis Rodman or Steve Nash to induct him into the hall-of-fame. You know, because they actually made the SLAM top 50 before a legend who scored 73 points…

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

    David Thompson ftw! Thats all i got to say.

  • Quail

    psh, I was the one that ushered David Thompson into the hall-of-fame. How about that.

  • chintao

    MJ finally did something that I can get behind.

  • ENDS

    Not Scottie, or Phil, Or Dean Smith?

    Watch Every Kid go out and by a Thompson Jerset Just cause Michael Said he Rocked. Isnt that what he does with the shoes, convince the youth they need it just cause it gots a jumpman (further reading See Ait Jordan XV)

  • ENDS

    Phil Knight

  • ENDS

    Jerry Reinsdorf

  • ENDS

    Craig Ehlo

  • ENDS

    Byron Russel

  • that dude

    Bugs Bunny

  • Telln the truth

    Hey ENDS i didnt buy the XV cuz im a crowd follower, i did it cuz i like them… Plus y do u hate on the Xv? Cuz others dont like them?? Anyways i like the move by Mike i mean he made him wana play ball, haha i bet mike wouldnt wana dunk if his idol didnt make it cool u knw?No david t.= No Mj… Well thats too farfetched but yall knw wat i mean, he really got inspired.

  • LeoneL

    Before Anakin and Luke, there was David Thompson.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Damn….I woulda guessed Jerry Krause

  • Justin

    I thought it would end up being Phil Jackson for sure, especially the way Michael had said at the end of the Bulls’ run that he wouldn’t play for another coach. That told me how close they had become but this pick makes some sense too. Personally, I would have liked to see Charles do it because you know it would have been really funny

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl

    I bet he picked Thompson so none of the other obvious choices would feel slighted. Who of them could argue with the choice of the player who influenced his game?

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    One day MJ will be doing the Hall of Fame induction for a player he influenced KOBE!!!!

  • http://www.glorifiedmusic.com K. Lee

    Karl Malone

  • Kevin

    Having David Thompson is a great honor to the Skywalker, but it would’ve been better if MJ would’ve had Charlie Murphy as Leroy Smith induct him

  • http://slamonline dt2

    People in NC (and Denver) love Thompson very
    much. He is the greatest player in NCAA
    history. He difinitely changed the college
    and pro game. MJ knows this. That’s why
    he picked his hero.