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Mitch Richmond, Tim Hardaway headline Hall of Fame’s 2012 nominees

 

The nominees for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2012 have been announced, and they include some familiar names. Mitch Richmond, Tim Hardaway, and Vlade Divac lead the new player nominees, while Jerry Krause, the general manager during the Bulls Dynasty era, is also up for election.

They join the returning nominees, including Reggie Miller, Bernard King, Don Nelson, Mark Jackson, Spencer Haywood, George McGinnis, Ralph Sampson, Paul Westphal, Mel Daniels, Louie Dampier, Rudy Tomjanovich, Dick Bavetta, Theresa Weatherspoon, Jennifer Azzi, Slick Leonard, Dick Motta, Al Attles, Sarunas Marciulionis, Rick Pitino, Cotton Fitzsimmons, and Jim Valvano.

Richmond and Hardaway are best known for teaming with 2011 Hall member Chris Mullin in Golden State to form Run-TMC, the dynamic, run-and-gun team coached by Nelson.

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Richmond played 14 seasons in the NBA (seven with the Sacramento Kings), and won an NBA Championship with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2002. He was also a six-time All Star, winning All-Star MVP honors in 1995, was named the 1989 Rookie of the Year, and was an Olympian twice, winning bronze in 1988 and gold in 1996. Richmond was named to the All-NBA Second Team three times and the All-NBA Third Team twice during his career. He finished his career with 20,497 points for a career average of 21.0 points per game.

Hardaway never won an NBA title during a 13-year career spent with the Warriors, Heat, Mavericks, Nuggets, and Pacers, but he still managed to assemble a solid résumé. Hardaway, known in his prime for his killer crossover, was a five-time All Star, was named to the All-Rookie First Team in 1990, and was named to five All-NBA Teams during his career (First Team once, Second Team three times, Third Team once). And like Richmond, he won a gold medal in 2000 with Team USA. Hardaway finished his playing career with career averages of 17.7 points and 8.2 assists.

Yet it will be interesting to see whether Hardaway’s anti-gay remarks, made back in 2007 upon hearing former NBA player John Amaechi was gay, will affect his bid for induction; however, he has since apologized for his comments and worked with many gay and lesbian groups to help create awareness of issues surrounding the LBGT community.

 


Divac, if elected, will likely get in as much for helping to internationalize the game as for his on-court achievements. Divac spent 16 seasons in the NBA, split between the Lakers, Kings, and Charlotte Hornets and posted career averages of 11.8 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. He was named to the 1990 All-Rookie First Team and was an All Star in 2001. While he showed a nice shooting touch and terrific passing ability, he may be best known for his penchant for flopping against opponents (like Shaquille O’Neal).

Krause is best known as the architect of the Michael Jordan-led Bulls teams that won six titles. Krause did not actually draft Jordan but did acquire Scottie Pippen’s draft rights, hired Phil Jackson and Tex Winter, drafted Horace Grant and Toni Kukoc, and traded for Dennis Rodman before the 1995-96 season. He is also credited with helping to draft Earl Monroe, Jerry Sloan, and Wes Unseld while working for the Baltimore Bullets.

 

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By: Eric Lorenz
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