Colangelo: Give Fans Hall of Fame Vote

by December 17, 2009
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I don’t know, Jerry, these are the same people who could end up making Tracy McGrady a starter in the All-Star Game this season. Are we sure they deserve a say in the Hall of Fame nomination process?: “The James Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame induction process has long been one of the most secretive and exclusive of all the major sports shrines. Jerry Colangelo, Naismith’s newly elected chairman of the board, is looking to change that. His plan includes having both fans and the media involved in the selection process. ‘Nothing is etched in concrete at this point,’ Colangelo said. ‘I have to get my board to agree with me. I just believe it’s the right thing to do and when you believe that and you’re passionate about it, you usually can get something done.’ Next up would be to look at individuals who are not in the Hall and whose eligibility to gain entrance has expired. ABA stars Artis Gilmore and Mel Daniels were among the names he mentioned, but he added, ‘There are no shortage of individuals to reconsider. And here’s the kicker: I want the media to be involved and the fans to participate.”‘