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Saturday, February 19th, 2011 at 11:37 am  |  19 responses

Rodman Among Basketball Hall of Fame Finalists

No Reggie, but the finalists for the 2012 HOF Class are all sneaky deserving: “Dennis Rodman, Jamaal Wilkes and Tex Winter were among 12 finalists announced Friday for induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame. [...] The other finalists are former NBA stars Maurice Cheeks, Chris Mullin and Ralph Sampson, five-time Olympian Teresa Edwards, Stanford women’s coach Tara VanDerveer, former NBA coach Dick Motta, Philadelphia University coach Herb Magee, college referee Hank Nichols, and Al Attles, the current vice president and assistant general manager of the Golden State Warriors.”

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  • http://google c_cantrell

    rodman deserves it

  • http://airtsinelas21.blogspot.com Roy

    The Worm deserves to be in the basketball HOF….

  • TheMac

    Finally!

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Here’s hoping Al “The Destroyer” Attles makes it.

  • paul

    Rodman yes.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    TEX MOTHERF*CKIN’ WINTER!!!! My dude BETTER make the HOF cause it has been long overdue!
    Rodman too.
    If Rodman and Winter both get in, they’d join Jordan, Pippen and Jackson on those second three-peat Bulls teams in the Hall. Not bad.

  • flipnoyce

    The Worm, it’s about time he got nominated!!

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    The Worm of Basketball!!

  • http://youtube/user/Uncle05Sam Earl

    Reggie Miller deserves HOF, Rodman does not.I don’t care how good of a rebounder Dennis was, Reggie Miller could hang with the best. This is ridiculous.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Bernard King deserves the HOF, period.

  • Ali Saadat

    Is Oscar Schmidt in there? Dude scored like 48000 points. SLAM did a piece on him right (because that’s the only way I would have known about him)?

  • Waggle

    @Earl, you’re joking, right? Five rings and one of the best defensive players and rebounders of his generation and rodman doesn’t deserve the hall? I like Reggie, but you’ve got to be kidding

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    @Earl – surely having five rings, two time All-Star,being two time DPOY, 7 time rebounding champion, being teamed with seven current HOFers and coached by two current HOFers counts as ‘hanging with the best’?

  • horsey

    i’d like to thank everyone who knows Dennis deserves this, i’ve been waiting for him to get in and kind of waiting for people to try and say that he shouldn’t. Dennis out rebounded Kevin Willis, Patrick Ewing, Elgin Baylor, David Robinson, Bill Laimbeer and Dolph Schayes. all of those guys played at least as long as Dennis and they all combine to have 5 rings, both of Laimbeer’s came with Dennis on the team…Dennis deserves this.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Statement from Dennis Rodman: “I am honored to get named a finalist for this years Basketball Hall of Fame class. Its truly humbling to be honored as an individual for a team sport. To get to the next step and actually being an inductee for the 2011 class would be incredible but most of all it would be an amazing experience for my kids and to secure my legacy.”

  • Justin

    Earl is smoking the good stuff tonight. However, the number of rings a person has should never be an argument for or against induction. We may as well start getting Steve Kerr and Robert Horry ready for their inductions then. Tex Winter is so long overdue it’s ridiculous

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Co-sign Justin, minus the smoking part. Earl makes a really good point.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    I think Dennis should be inducted, but it’s hilarious the double-standards that go on when people talk about Reggie and Rodman.
    Reggie “only” makes 5 All-Star appearances, hence he shouldn’t have even been a FINALIST for the Hall.
    Rodman makes 2 All-Star teams and they are major accomplishments, and huge contributing factors as to why he should be in the hall.
    Reggie is criticized for being one-dimensional, despite being a great pure scorer with proven leadership and one of the clutchest players in basketball history.
    Rodman is lauded for his dedication to playing one end of the floor.
    I think Rodman has been snubbed before and deserves to be in the Hall. I also think Reggie was majorly snubbed this year–but he’ll get in eventually. But the double-standards are grueling to read through.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Also, question: What are the requirements (ie. how many years minimum) for a coach to be inducted into the Hall of Fame? ‘Cause a lot of coaches are inducted when they’re still active and working as coaches.
    Anyhow, Tex Winter definitely deserves it.

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