Basketball Hall of Fame: NBA stars react to induction ceremony

Rex Christensen
September 14, 2018

"So I had to work on my mid-range game, and I attacked the basket quite a bit", he said.

Between Ray Allen, Jason Kidd and Rod Thorn, there were plenty of Hall of Famers that hold ties to the Bucks organization in various capacities across recent eras of the franchise.

"This is incredible to be here with this group", said two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Nash. He ranks second on the National Basketball Association all-time steals list with 2,684 and second on the career assists list with 12,091. The former coach was nearly unrecognizable with his deep tan and long, wavy gray hair and beard. He thanked his parents and his wife and his siblings.

Then, he paused and stared out the crowd at Springfield's Symphony Hall and said: "I'm done, I just wanted to enjoy this moment". "As I look at all the pictures in the Hall, I realize how blessed I am to wear this (Hall of Fame) jacket". The pattern is the national symbol for his home nation.

Radja did not know he was nominated this year: "I didn't know I was nominated at all".

During his playing career, Allen also won two National Basketball Association titles, one with the Celtics in 2008 and one with the Miami Heat in 2012.

Lefty Driesell had the crowd laughing.

Rick Welts, the NBA's first openly gay executive, went in along with Charlie Scott, the first African-American to receive an athletic scholarship at North Carolina.

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Julius Erving approached him to pat Cheeks on the shoulder while he wiped his eyes.

Cheeks is now an assistant coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder. He was also named an All-Star three times with three different teams, including with the Seattle SuperSonics. Among them were four former National Basketball Association superstars: Ray Allen, Steve Nash, Jason Kidd and Grant Hill. "I remember nearly turning around and walking out".

Thorn joined the National Basketball Association in 1936 and has been involved in the league for more than 50 years.

Thorn made sure to shout out to Jordan in his Hall of Fame induction speech on Friday night.

"Thank you, Michael, for your friendship", Thorn said. You know what they say: "once a Celtics, always a Celtic!". "Play the long game". Thompson won all four of her titles in the WNBA, where she was the first-ever draft pick; she also won two Olympic gold medals and titles in Russia, Romania and EuroLeague. "And that's probably the most important thing that I want people to remember is the time that we spent together".

Steve Nash is yet another icon who gave some words of wisdom during his speech.

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