Wednesday, September 9th, 2009 at 9:00 am  |  17 responses

Sloan and Stockton’s Strange HOF Choices

by Marcel Mutoni

David Thompson and George Gervin are both logical choices. One inspired Michael Jordan’s game, and the other is the most beloved San Antonio Spur of all time, a fitting presenter (along with Larry Brown) for the criminally under-appreciated David Robinson.

For reasons that have yet to become clear to anyone, Isiah Thomas and Charles Barkley will both be presenters at the Hall of Fame ceremony this Friday. Zeke will be ushering in fellow point guard John Stockton, and everyone is hoping that Chuck (for the good of his own personal health) can reign in the inappropriate jokes during Jerry Sloan’s presentation.

The Salt Lake Tribune attempts to make sense of things:

Presenters must already be members of the Hall of Fame and both former NBA stars fit that criteria … When Stockton was named to the Original Dream team in 1992, he got the roster spot many thought would go to Thomas. For that reason and others, Stockton’s selection of Thomas as his presenter was a huge surprise — at least to outsiders. “First of all, he set a huge standard for all little guys,” Stockton said. “At the time, the NBA was going toward bigger and bigger guards. But he showed everyone that little guys could play, too.”

For Sloan, the reason was simple. “The biggest thing, I guess, is that my [late] wife Bobbye was a big fan of his,” Sloan explained. “At the [1992] All-Star Game in Orlando, she saw him stand there for an hour or so and sign autographs … After Bobbye Sloan’s death, Sloan married and his wife, Tammy, also happens to be a big Barkley fan.

Hmm, all of the above are actually heartwarming reasons, and I now feel like a total jerk. Terrific.

Coverage of the festivities will kick off this Friday night, beginning at 6.30 EST on ESPN.

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  • http://Www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Marcel is funny. That second to last paragraph was a hoot. So, is MJ gonna ask Stockton to change his choice? HOF freeze out à la Dream Team Roster selections.

  • http://myspace.com/showbread Bryan

    Isiah Thomas. Wow. Another assist for stock I guess, in this case assiting in isiah’s image rehab.

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    I really like Sloan’s choice. What a great reason to have Chuck do it. Beautiful gesture.

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  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Isiah has also said that Stockton was the toughest guard he ever went against. Assuming that word trickled down to Stock, I’m sure he appreciated the notion. I think the Barkley/Sloan one makes less sense, basketball-wise, but that is a nice emotional hook.

  • http://Www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    When the worm is denouncing you as one of the dirtiest players he went up against in a tell all book, you are tough.

  • ron

    perhaps the L just want sir charles to be mo serious at the presentation…hmmmm…..

  • Dank

    I am a huge lakers fan, and people forget what a great player Isiah Thomas was in the late 80 and early 90′s. His only mistake in my opinion is being the rival of MJ. I think mj is a hoe for threatening not to be on the team if Zeke wasn’t there. I mean he messed up in NY, but they improved and Dantoni got the credit. Hopefully in time he will get another opportunity. Look at the talent he drafted and compare it with the talent jordan drafted….. No one is questioning who is the goat, but all pride aside, He stopped that man from getting a gold medal over pride and petty chit. Pride always comes before the fall….

  • mdshuai

    @ Dank: dude, Dantoni got the credit ’cause Zeke ran that ship into the ground; Thomas took the blame because that entire team was his fault, and still is cause he’s the one that put it together.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    @ Dank: MJ was a hoe for what??? What does that make Zeke for freezing out MJ in his first All-Star game? Revenge is a dish best served freezing cold, homie. Zeke gets no love from Chi-town. Native son or not.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Oh and props to Mutoni for pointing out how under-appreciated David Robinson has been. He was always my favorite center (I never believed he was the BEST center, just my own personal favorite I always rooted for), and he was a great player on the court and an even better person off of it. And as someone who served in the military, I have a tremendous amount of respect for him as a former Naval Officer and Naval Academy grad.

  • Big D

    Two things the NBA should change: 1) The Lottery 2) Having someone already in the HOF introduce you. I mean, really. What does Barkley have to really do with Sloan? Mark Eaton introducing Sloan would make more sense than that.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    the real question is, where can we watch this induction ceremony (online/on tv)? i bet it’s gonna be a great watch.

  • http://asfkl.com Jukai

    The hell?
    This makes no sense to me.
    I know Zeke and Stock had an ‘appreciation’ for each other the same way Russel and Wilt did after they played against each other… but for chrissakes, Isiah said Stockton was half the guard he was and Malone broke Isiah’s jaw for that. This was the weirdest choice I ever saw.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    It’s all T-Macs fault of course.

  • chintao

    What, exactly, are people giving D’Antoni credit for? Winning barely more than 30 games? You guys and James Dolan must be looking at sh!t through the same pair of rose-colored glasses. Blow-up the Knicks (with C-4, preferably).

  • HoopsFanMike

    All one has to do is watch any episode of TNT’s ‘Inside The NBA’ with Chuck, Kenny ‘The Jet’ Smith and Ernie Johnson to know why Coach Sloan picked Barkley – he gives him props as being one of the NBA’s best coaches nearly every episode. He always includes Sloan (& Popovich) with Phil Jackson, and always praises how Utah play, usually stating that under Sloan they are always contenders.

    Stockton’s pick of Isiah is more of a mystery, but I’m sure that after some pretty bizarre antics Thomas is more than happy to get his name in NBA news again in a good way. I’m surprised Stockton didn’t go with Magic though…