This is the eighteenth of our series where we here at Notinhalloffame.com, do what else?  Debate the merit of twenty-four men on the most loaded Baseball Hall of Fame ballot in our lifetime.
Follow my blog with BloglovinIt was not that long ago that Baseball Hall of Fame inductees, Goose Gossage and Frank Thomas made comments about suspected PED users entering the Hall of Fame.  Their stance was very strong that players such as Alex Rodriguez, Mark McGwire and Barry Bonds had no place in Cooperstown and should not be elected in to the Hall. 

Gossage and Thomas however do not have the same opinion on Pete Rose’s candidacy.

The former relief pitcher spoke with Platform Media and had the following to say about Pete Rose and a potential Baseball Hall of Fame induction:

It’s only a formality that Pete be elected to the Hall of Fame...As young players, the thing you learn early is to not gamble on the game or you will be suspended for life.

If we let Pete in, then gambling and everything else is out the window...The horse is out of the barn. What will that mean?...An old man once told me there’s a paddle for everyone’s ass. The paddle for Pete’s butt is not getting inducted into the Hall of Fame.”

Paddle for Pete’s butt? 

As for Frank Thomas, he spoke with CBS.Sports.com and had a different take on the matter:

“What he did on the field was worthy of the Hall of Fame. Yes, he made a huge mistake and he’s been living his life trying to repair that. Based upon what he did on the field, I believe he should be in the Hall of Fame.”

Thomas clearly has a different take on gambling than he did in regards to performance enhancing drugs.

What this means for Rose is that there are certainly players, and it is many former players who comprise the Hall of Fame Veteran’s Committee, the only avenue in which Rose can get in that are adamant against the Hit King joining them. 



As you can imagine, the Pete Rose Hall of Fame watch will continue to remain interesting!

We here at Notinhalloffame.com have continued our expansion of our Baseball section with a look at those who will be eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2019. 

The following players will be the eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2019:

Andy Pettitte

Barry Zito

Brad Penny

Darren Oliver

Derek Lowe

Freddy Garcia

Jake Westbrook

Jason Bay

Jon Garland

Jose Contreras

Juan Pierre

Kevin Youkilis

Lance Berkman

Mariano Rivera

Michael Young

Miguel Tejada

Octavio Dotel

Placido Polanco

Rafael Furcal

Ramon Hernandez

Roy Halladay

Roy Oswalt

Ryan Dempster

Ted Lilly

Todd Helton

Travis Hafner

Vernon Wells

Yorvit Torrealba

A few things certainly stand out from this group.

Mariano Rivera, who without question is the greatest relief pitcher of all time is expected to enter the Baseball Hall of Fame on his first ballot. 

Roy Halladay, a two time Cy Young Award winner is also a huge name on the ballot, and conceivable the eight time All Star could also join Rivera on the first ballot. 

For our money, the most interesting name on the ballot is Todd Helton, who for a five year period was one of the top offensive players in the National League and has accumulatively put together a Hall of Fame resume.  Will the Coors Field bias affect him as it did Larry Walker?

Andy Pettitte is another intriguing candidate as his stats put him on the fence, but his admitted (though contrite) PED use could place him on the wrong side of the vote.

The third “Killer B”, Lance Berkman should also get a decent percentage of the vote.

Beyond those five, it is difficult to imagine anyone else making the second year of eligibility, though didn’t many peg Miguel Tejada as a strong contender once upon a time?

For what it is worth, there is also a healthy contingent of former World Series Champions from the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals.

Gang, you know what we want you to do!

Take a look at the new entries and cast your vote and offer us your opinion.

As always, we here at Notinhalloffame.com thank you for your support and we will continue to provide updates as often as possible.







Even amidst the constant controversy that surrounds the Baseball Hall of Fame, there is always something magical about Cooperstown, and when they have a former player from the modern era elected it makes the ceremony that much more special.

This year they have four.

On what was a beautiful summer day in front of 40,000 fans and forty-nine Hall of Famers in upstate New York, four baseball legends are now enshrined with a bronze bust that will forever be on display.

Rather than recap the accomplishments of the four (regular visitors know that we have done that often), let’s read the etchings on each of the four new inductees.

CRAIG ALLAN BIGGIO: HOUSTON, N.L. 1988-2007

GRITTY SPARK PLUG WHO IGNITED ASTROS OFFENSE FOR 20 MAJOR LEAGUE SEASONS, BECOMING FIRST PLAYER IN HISTORY WITH AT LEAST 3,000 HITS, 600 DOUBLES, 400 STOLEN BASES AND 250 HOME RUNS.  TRANSITIONED FROM ALL-STAR CATCHER TO GOLD GLOVE SECOND BASEMAN TO EVERYDAY OUTFIELDER, AMASSING 3,060 HITS, INCLUDING 668 DOUBLES – MOST BY A RIGHT-HANDED BATTER – AND A MODERN-DAY RECORD 285 TIMES HIT BY A PITCH.  A SEVEN-TIME ALL-STAR, WON FIVE SILVER SLUGGER AWARDS AND FOUR GOLD GLOVE AWARDS.


JOHN ANDREW SMOLTZ: ATLANTA N.L. 1988-99, 2001-08; BOSTON, A.L. 2009; ST.LOUIS, N.L. 2009

A WORKHOUSE POWER PITCHER, TRADED HIS STARTING DOMINANCE TO DEVELOP INTO PREMIER CLOSER BEFORE RETURNING TO ROTATION.  BECAME THE FIRST PLAYER IN HISTORY WITH 200 WINS AND 150 SAVES.  WITH A DYNAMIC FASTBALL, A DECEPTIVE SLIDER AND A DARTING SPLITTER, FANNED 3,084 BATTERS AND WAS NAMED TO EIGHT ALL-STAR TEAMS, THE 1996 N.L. CY YOUNG AWARD WINNER AND 1992 NLCS MVP.  SET N.L. RECORD WITH 55 SAVES IN 2002.  PITCHED BEST WHEN GAME WAS BIGGEST, RECORDING A 15-4 POST-SEASON RECORD, HELPING BRAVES TO 1995 WORLD SERIES TITLE.

PEDRO JAIME MARTINEZ:  LOS ANGELES, N.L. 1992-93; MONTREAL. N.L. 1994-97; BOSTON, A.L. 1998-2004; NEW YORK, N.L. 2005-08; PHILADELPHIA, N.L. 2009


FEATURING AN ELECTRIC ARSENAL OF PITCHES THAT VANQUISHED BATTERS DURING AN ERA OF HIGH OCTANE OFFENSE, THE FIERY RIGHTY FROM THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC OWNED THE INSIDE PART OF THE PLATE WITH AN EXPLODING FASTBALL AND CONFOUNDING CHANGE-UP.  LED LEAGUE IN E.R.A. FIVE TIMES AND STRIKEOUTS THREE TIMES EN ROUTE TO THREE CY YOUNG AWARDS AND EIGHT ALL-STAR SELECTIONS.  FIRST PITCHER TO RETIRE WITH 3,154 STRIKEOUTS IN FEWER THAN 3,000 INNINGS.  WON 219 GAMES WITH AN ASTOUNDING .687 WINNING PERCENTAGE.  POSTED 117-37 RECORD IN BOSTON HELPING TO LEAD RED SOX TO 2004 WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP.


RANDALL DAVID JOHNSON:  “RANDY” “THE BIG UNIT”:  MONTREAL, N.L. 1988-89; SEATTLE, A.L. 1989-98; HOUSTON, N.L. 1998; ARIZONA, N.L. 1999-2004, 2007-08; NEW YORK, A.L. 2005-06; SAN FRANCISCO, N.L. 2009

AT 6’10’, A TOWERING AND INTIMIDATING LEFTHANDER WHOSE CRACKLING FASTBALL AND DEVASTATING SLIDER PARALYZED HITTERS FOR MORE THAN TWO DECADES, FIVE-TIMES CY YOUNG AWARD WINNER, INCLUDING FOUR CONSECUTIVE, 1999-2002.  LED LEAGUE IN STRIKEOUTS NINE TIMES AND POSTED SIX 300 STRIKEOUT SEASONS.  TEN-TIME ALL-STAR AND THREE-TIME 20-GAME WINNER, RANKED SECONS ALL-TIME ON STRIKEOUT LIST (4,875) AND FIRST IN STRIKEOUTS PER NINE INNINGS (10.6) UPON RETIREMENT.  WON 303 GAMES AND LED LEAGUE IN E.R.A. FOUR TIMES, WON THREE GAMES IN 2001 WORLD SERIES WITH CHAMPION DIAMONDBACKS EARNING CO-MVP HONORS. 


Capital letters do make it more emphatic doesn’t it?

Do you want to know what makes it even better?

The fact that Randy Johnson was inducted with his mullet is far greater to us than his hat (the first for Arizona) and the hat worn by Craig Biggio (Astros, also a first.

So what do we do now?

What we always do!

We look forward to the next class of Baseball Hall of Famers and debate their merits.

Hopefully, all of you will participate and lend us your opinions as to who you want to see in the next Baseball Hall of Fame class.

The Baseball Hall of Fame has changed the rules as to who can vote, and while it might seem minor it could have a huge impact as to who might get inducted in the future.

The Hall has stated that the Baseball writers who have not been active in the sport for the past ten years will no longer have a vote.

What does this mean?

Well, first off, many of the older voters are adamant against PED users and many of the younger voters have a more relaxed attitude towards those who did use enhancements. 

Could this help men like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens; players who are regarded as two of the best ever?  It should, as those former superstars are hovering below the 40 percent mark, but while we expect a jump in the tally, we would be shocked if it put them over…at least in the short term.

The men that it could help immediately are Mike Piazza and Jeff Bagwell, sluggers who are on the cusp but have been suspected (though never proven) of taking Performance Enhancing Drugs.  A significant jump in the tally could put one or both in the Hall of Fame.

Suddenly that ten year term for a player to be eligible for the Hall of Fame that for many was a thin veil to get the PED users off the ballot sooner, has been countered with an amendment that might eliminate that issue.



As always, the Baseball Hall of Fame remains interesting!



As always, it is onward and upward for us at Notinhalloffame.com.

It was not that long ago that we revamped our Basketball section and named Allen Iverson as our new number one player who should be considered for the Basketball Hall of Fame.  Following this, we endeavored to work on our futures section and update them accordingly.

As such, we are pleased to present to you the men who are now part of our updated Basketball Futures Section who will be eligible in 2018. 

Antoine Walker, a former three time All Star and forward most known for his time with the Boston Celtics. 

Baron Davis, who twice led the NBA in Steals per Game.

Ben Wallace, a four time NBA Defensive Player of the Year and member of the Detroit Pistons 2004 Championship Team.

Brad Miller, a two time All Star from Purdue.

Gilbert Arenas, a controversial figure but also a former Second Team All Star and two time Third Team All Star.

Jamaal Magloire, a one time All Star and one of the first Canadian born stars in the NBA.

Mehmet Okur, a Turkish born player and former All Star most notably with the Utah Jazz.

Michael Redd, a star for years with the Milwaukee Bucks and one time Third Team All Star. 

Mike Bibby, who had some good seasons notably with the Sacramento Kings and was a former NCAA champion with Arizona.

Gang, you know what we are going to ask from you!

Take a look at this group and cast your opinion on to whether this crop of players are Hall of Fame worthy.

As always, we thank you all for your support!





As always, it is onward and upward for us at Notinhalloffame.com.

It was not that long ago that we revamped our Basketball section and named Allen Iverson as our new number one player who should be considered for the Basketball Hall of Fame.  Following this, we endeavored to work on our futures section and update them accordingly.

As such, we are pleased to present to you the men who are now part of our updated Basketball Futures Section who will be eligible in 2019. 

Corey Maggette, a fourteen year NBA veteran most known for his play with the Los Angeles Clippers. 

Grant Hill, a star at Duke where he was a two time NCAA Champion, who may have had a disappointing career to some professionally due to injury, but was still a one time First Team All NBA selection as well as a four time Second Team choice.

Jason Kidd, a five time First Team All Star, five time Assists Champion and one of the best point guards of all time.

Jerry Stackhouse, a natural scorer who led the NBA in Points in the 2000-01 season. 

Lamar Odom, a two time NBA Champion with the Los Angeles Lakers and a former Sixth Man of the Year.

Marcus Camby, a former NBA Defensive Player of the Year and five time Blocks Champion.

Rasheed Wallace, a member of the 2004 Detroit Pistons Championship Team and four time All Star.

Richard Hamilton, another member of the 2004 Detroit Pistons Championship Team and three time All Star.

Tracy McGrady, a two time scoring champion and seven time post season All NBA selection.

We think you know what we want you to do!

Take a look at this group of basketball players who will be eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2018 and let us know if any of them Hall of Famers.





As always, it is onward and upward for us at Notinhalloffame.com.

It was not that long ago that we revamped our Basketball section and named Allen Iverson as our new number one player who should be considered for the Basketball Hall of Fame.  Following this, we endeavored to work on our futures section and update them accordingly.

As such, we are pleased to present to you the men who are now part of our updated Basketball Futures Section who will be eligible in 2020

Antawn Jamison, a star at UNC and a two time NBA All Star as well as a former Sixth Man of the Year.

Chauncey Billups, who was the leader of the shocking 2004 Detroit Pistons Championship win and the MVP of that series.

Jermaine O’Neal, a six time All Star and three time post season All NBA selection.

Josh Howard, a one time NBA All Star. 

Rashard Lewis, a two time NBA All Star and NBA Champion with the Miami Heat in 2013.

Ray Allen, one of the sweetest shooters of all time who holds the three point record in the NBA.

Steve Nash, the Canadian who is a two time National Basketball Association MVP. 

World Metta Peace, the former Ron Artest and one time NBA Defensive Player of the Year.

We think you know what we want you to do!

Take a look at this group of basketball players who will be eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2020 and let us know if any of them Hall of Famers.





We have watched year after year the plight of Edgar Martinez, the former Seattle Mariners Designated Hitter who has not gotten enough support for the Baseball Hall of Fame. 

When asked about by the Boston Herald fellow DH, and Boston Red Sox superstar, David Ortiz, Martinez is emphatic about what he thinks of Ortiz in the Hall:

“No doubt.  Ortiz definitely is a Hall of Famer.”

Martinez may have had an emphatic opinion on it, but will that matter?  Many as the greatest DH of all time regard him, but that same designation is what many believe has kept him out.  To date, he has only received as high as 36.5 percent of the vote (which was in his first year on the ballot), and with the reduction to ten years of eligibility from fifteen, the window is closing sooner.

Martinez finished his career with 2,247 Hits, 309 Home Runs, a .312/.418/.515 Slash Line and a bWAR of 68.3.  At present, Ortiz is at 2,263 Hits, 491 Home Runs, .284/.378/.545 and a bWAR of 48.9, though even at the advanced age of 39, he still has some time left to pad those stats; though it can’t be ignored that he has three World Series rings, including an ALCS MVP and a World Series MVP.

This is not to say that is impossible for Ortiz or even Martinez for that matter to get in.  Paul Molitor, who played close to 45 percent of his games at Designated Hitter got in and Frank Thomas played 56.4 percent at DH.  Martinez was the DH 68.2 percent of his games and Ortiz is at 83.4, a number that is likely to climb.

As always, we here at Notinhalloffame.com are very curious to see how perception changes with the Baseball Hall of Fame.



While there can be a lot of valid criticism for the Basketball Hall of Fame and the way in which they induct candidates, there is still something special about having your name enshrined with the rest of the legends in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Yesterday, the class of 2015 took their place in a red carpet ceremony at the Hall, and let’s takes a final look at this group of inductees. 


The headliner (in our eyes) is Dikembe Mutombo, one of the greatest defensive players in NBA history.  The Congo born Mutombo won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year four times and was named to a post season All-Defensive team seven times.  The Center was also named a Second Team All-NBA Selection once and made the Third Team twice.  He would also lead the NBA in Rebounds four times and Blocks five times.  Mutombo was ranked first on our Notinhalloffame countdown last year, his first and only time on the list.

A special induction in our eyes is that of Spencer Haywood, who not along ago was told he was inducted only to find that he wasn’t.  Heywood, who was ranked as high as #2 on our list at one point notably challenged the reserve clause to enter the NBA after spending one year dominating the ABA and winning their MVP Award.  As an NBA player, Haywood would make two First Team and two Second Team All NBA rosters and late in his career would win the title with the Los Angeles Lakers. 

The actual headliner is John Calipari, the current coach of the University of Kentucky.  Calipari has a .773 Winning Percentage in the NCAA and won the title with the Wildcats in 2012.  He would take his teams to six Final Fours (though two have been vacated) and has been named the Naismith Coach of the Year three times.

Jojo White, a seven time NBA All Star and two-time NBA Champion with the Boston Celtics, one of which earned him a Finals MVP.  White was named to two Second Team All NBA squads.

Lisa Leslie, one of the best woman’s players ever and three time WNBA MVP.  Leslie would also win two WNBA Titles with the Los Angeles Sparks and four Olympic Gold Medals with the United States.  Leslie was named to eight First Team All-WNBA teams. 

Dick Bavetta, who holds the record for the most games officiated in the NBA and never missed an assignment over his 39 year career.

Louie Dampier, who was with the ABA’s Kentucky Colonels during that league’s entire existence.  Dampier was a seven time ABA All Star, helped the Colonels win the ABA Title in the league’s last year of existence and was a Second Team All-ABA member four times.

Tom Heinsohn, an eight time NBA Champion with the Boston Celtics and two time NBA Champion as the Head Coach of the same team.  As a player, Heinsohn was the Rookie of the Year in 1957 and was the NBA Coach of the Year in 1973.

George Raveling, a former college coach who is Nike’s Global Basketball Marketing Director.

Lindsay Gaze, a former three time player for the Australian Olympic Team and a four time coach of the Australian Olympic Team at the Olympics.

John Issacs, an early African American Player who played for many African-American teams in the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s.

The Notinhalloffame.com Basketball list has been updated since with Allen Iverson now as the top candidate for Springfield.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate this year’s class and encourage all of you to vote on who you think should be in the Basketball Hall of Fame.

We kind of knew this already as many of you have seen that we have ranked Allen Iverson at the top of our revised rankings for the Notinhalloffame.com Basketball list.  During this past Basketball Hall of Fame weekend, the institution made his eligibility official, a fact that was not made clear to many.

There were two sticking points that cluttered the opinion as to when his eligibility was.
On the heels of the Basketball Hall of Fame induction, one of the standouts of the Springfield based institution has been taken as Moses Malone was found dead in his hotel room in Norfolk, VA.  He was 60 years old.

Malone began his pro career right out of high school with the ABA’s Utah Stars and was immediately an All Star.  He would join the Buffalo Braves following the ABA/NBA merger and would become a perennial All Star, namely with the Houston Rockets and Philadelphia 76ers, the latter he took to a Championship in 1983.

The well decorated Center would earn the MVP Award three times, was a four time First Team All NBA Selection and won the rebounding title six times.  Malone retired with a double-double average of 20.3 Points and 12.3 Rebounds.  He was also named one of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com offer our condolences to the friends and family of Moses Malone.

Tim Hudson has quietly announced that he will be retiring at this year’s baseball season. 

The 40 year old San Francisco Giants Pitcher cited that “it was time” and he is currently holds the most Wins (222) of any active Pitcher.  Hudson balances that out with only 132 Losses and currently has well over 2,000 career Strikeouts with a healthy 57.4 career bWAR.

Hudson broke in with the Oakland Athletics in 1999 and would have a very productive year in 2000 where he went 20 and 6, leading the American League in Wins and was the runner up for the Cy Young.  He would continue to be a large part of the A’s success for the next few years and while he was not necessarily considered the elite, he was considered consistent and a high level second tier Pitcher. 

Following his run in Oakland, he was traded to the Atlanta Braves prior to the 2005 season.  Hudson would have some injury issues, but would rebound in 2009 and make his third All Star game. 

Two years ago, Hudson signed with the San Francisco Giants and would make history as the oldest Pitcher to start a game in the World Series.  He would also earn his first and only World Series Ring.

The impending retirement of Hudson raises the usual Hall of Fame question and if he is to get inducted it would have to be based on his strong bWAR, which is currently 66th overall for Pitchers and is higher than many existing Hall of Famers. 

Hudson will be eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2021 and will be added when he add that section on Notinhalloffame.com.

In our eyes, Tim Hudson is a borderline Hall of Famer (perhaps closer to the wrong side) but will likely be on the Notinhalloffame Baseball list.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com look forward to see what will be next in the career of Tim Hudson. 

Jason Richardson has announced on his Facebook page that he will be calling it a career in Professional Basketball citing that he was choosing “his family and health” over the game. 

Richardson was a star at Michigan State and as a freshman was part of the Spartans 2000 NCAA Championship.  He would receive far more playing time the year after and would take them to another Final Four appearance, though Michigan State would not repeat as champions, though Richardson would be named First Team Big Ten. 

The Shooting Guard would declare for the draft shortly thereafter and was selected fifth overall by the Golden State Warriors, and would quickly become a fan favorite with his dunks, energetic play and positive attitude.  He would become a two-time Slam Dunk Champion, though that would be as far as he would go on NBA All Star Weekend as he was never named to an All Star Team  Still as a Warrior, Jason Richardson had his best seasons where he would twice exceed 21 Points per Game and a PER over 19. 

Richardson would make his way to Charlotte in the 2007-08 season and would lead the National Basketball Association in three point field goals, a statistic he is currently ranked sixteenth overall all time.  Richardson would continue to play for Phoenix, Orlando and Philadelphia.

While Richardson would have a productive career, the fact that he is was never an All Star and never really played for a good team on the professional level makes it unlikely for him to reach the Pro Hall of Fame, though we do see him making the Notinhalloffame.com list for Basketball in the lower half.

  

This week, Pitcher, Barry Zito announced his retirement through a statement in the Baseball Tribune.  Below is a quote from his retirement speech that sums up his career perfectly:

"My baseball career has been a mirror to my life off the field, full of euphoric highs and devastating lows.  I've been at the top of a rotation and the 25th man on a roster. I've started Game 1 of a World Series in one year, and I've been left off of a postseason roster in another. I've been labeled as both drastically underpaid and severely overpaid. I've been praised as a savior and deemed a curse."

Pretty self-aware wouldn’t you say?

Over his fourteen year career, Zito spent it all in the Bay Area dividing his time between the Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants.  Zito was a three time All Star who won the American League Cy Young Award in 2002.  He finishes his career with a 165 and 143 record with 1,885 Strikeouts and a bWAR of 33.5. 

Early in his career, Zito seemed to be on a Hall of Fame path, but realistically he will struggle to get more than ten votes and will be a one and done player. 

Still, anytime a former Cy Young winner announces his retirement it is big news and we here at Notinhalloffame.com wish Barry Zito the best in his post-baseball career.



The Basketball Hall of Fame has announced their preliminary candidates for the 2016 Class.  As announced earlier, the Hall has reduced the amount of wait time from five years to four years after retirement.



Here is the complete list of nominated players/coaches/contributors:



North American Committee Nominations

Mark Aguirre: Ranked #7 on Notinhalloffame.com

Geese Ausbie

Bill Bertka

Junior Bridgeman

Irv Brown

Maurice Cheeks: Ranked #18 on Notinhalloffame.com

Terry Cummings: Ranked #19 on Notinhalloffame.com

Lefty Driesell

Hugh Evans

Bill Fitch

Cotton Fitzsimmons

Darell Garretson

A.C. Green: Ranked #54 on Notinhalloffame.com

Tim Hardaway: Ranked #8 on Notinhalloffame.com

Del Harris

Robert Hughes

Allen Iverson: Ranked #1 on Notinhalloffame.com

Tom Izzo

Kevin Johnson: Ranked #12 on Notinhalloffame.com

Marques Johnson: Ranked #24 on Notinhalloffame.com

Bobby Jones: Ranked #31 on Notinhalloffame.com

Jerry “Tiger” Jones

Gene Keady

Rollie Massimino

George McGinnis: Ranked #14 on Notinhalloffame.com

Gary McKnight

John McLendon

Danny Miles

Sidney Moncrief: Ranked #4 on Notinhalloffame.com

Dick Motta

Swen Nater

Shaquille O’Neal: Ranked #1 on Notinhalloffame.com

Mark Price: Ranked #28 on Notinhalloffame.com

Glenn Robinson

Lee Rose

Bo Ryan

Jack Sikma: Ranked #5 on Notinhalloffame.com

Steve Smith

Fred Snowden

Eddie Sutton

Reggie Theus: Ranked #42 on Notinhalloffame.com

Rudy Tomjanovich: Ranked #37 on Notinhallofffame.com

Chris Webber: Ranked #4 on Notinhalloffame.com

Paul Westphal: Ranked #19 on Notinhalloffame.com



Women’s Committee Nominations

Leta Andrews

Jennifer Azzi

Rebecca Lobo

Muffet McGraw

Susie McConnell

Pearl Moore

Kim Mulkey

Harley Redin

Theresa Shank

Marianne Stanley

Barbara Stevens

Sheryl Swoopes

Wayland Baptist

Theresa Weatherspoon



DIRECT-ELECT CATEGORY

Early African-American Pioneers Committee Nominations

Clarence “Puggy” Bell

Sonny Boswell

Zack Clayton

Chuck Cooper

Bill Garrett

Inman Jackson

Clarence “Fats” Jenkins

Bucky Lew

Dave Minor

Hudson Oliver

Cumberland Posey Jr.

Al “Runt” Pullins

James “Pappy” Ricks

Paul Robeson

Eyre Saitch

William “Wee Willie” Smith



DIRECT-ELECT CATEGORY

International Committee Nominations

Tal Brody

Jackie Chazalon

Vlade Divac: Ranked #27 on Notinhalloffame.com

Nick Galis

Semen Khalipski

Vladimir Kondrashin

Toni Kukoc

Yao Ming: Ranked #3 on Notinhalloffame.com

Aldo Ossola

Amaury Pasos

Dino Radja

Manuel Sainz

Togo Soares

Ranko Zeravica

Marcos Leite



DIRECT-ELECT CATEGORY

Contributor Committee Nominations

Marv Albert

Al Attles

Dick Baumgartner

Marty Blake

Vic Bubas

Wayne Duke

Harry Glickman

Marty Glickman

Curt Gowdy

Tim Grgurich

Mannie Jackson

Tom Jernstedt

Johnny “Red” Kerr: Ranked 53 on Notinhalloffame.com

John Kline

Red Klotz

Jerry Krause

Jack McCloskey

Johnny Most

Dennis Murphy

Joe O’Toole

Billy Packer

Jerry Reinsdorf

Zelda Spoelstra

Jim Valvano

Donnie Walsh

Frank Walsh



DIRECT-ELECT CATEGORY

Veterans Committee Nominations

1936 US Olympic Team*

1964 State Dept Basketball Ambassadors

Zelmo Beaty: Ranked #18 on Notinhalloffame.com

Ron Boone: Ranked #99 on Notinhalloffame.com

Sid Borgia

Carl Braun

Frank Brian                             

Joe Caldwell

Mack Calvin

Charles Eckman

Leroy Edwards

Leo Ferris

Clarence “Bevo” Francis

Buck Freeman

Donnie Freeman

Travis Grant

Bob Grody

Joe Hammond

Robert Harrison

Flo Harvey

Cam Henderson

Robert Hopkins

Lou Hudson: Ranked #22 on Notinhalloffame.com

Warren Jabali

Jimmy Jones

Freddie Lewis

Jim Loscutoff

Loyola of Chicago

George McGinnis: Ranked #14 on Notinhalloffame.com

Ray Mears

Donald Moore

Willie Naulls: Ranked #92 on Notinhalloffame.com

John O’Brien

Philadelphia SPHAS

Mel Riebe

Glenn Roberts

Holcombe Rucker

Kenny Sailors

Fred Schaus

Charlie Scott: Ranked #44 on Notinhalloffame.com

Kenny Sears

Frank Selvy

George Senesky

Paul Seymour

Charles Siler

Talvin Skinner

Ken Suesens

Tennessee A&I

Dick Van Arsdale

Tom Van Arsdale

Willie Wise

Max Zaslofsky: Ranked #8 on Notinhalloffame.com





The Finalists will be announced during All Star Weekend in Toronto on February 12.  The Class of 2016 will be announced at the Final Four in Houston on April 4.





It is All Star Game Weekend and as is customary, the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame has announced their Finalists for the 2016 Class, which as expected includes two major names who re now eligible following the decrease by one year of the waiting time following retirement.

Here are the Basketball Hall of Fame Finalists for this year:



Charles “Lefty” Driesell (Coach):  The only coach in NCAA history to take four programs to 100 wins and the only coach to be Conference Coach of the Year in four different conferences.  He has a record of 786 and 394 and is already a member of the College Basketball Hall of Fame.

Darrell Garretson (Referee):  A veteran of 27 years as an official in the NBA, refereeing 1,798 Regular Season Games and 269 NBA Playoff Games.

Robert Hughes (Coach):  A high school basketball in Texas for 47 years with 35 district championships and five state championships.  His overall record is 1,333 and 247.

Allen Iverson (Player):  A former MVP and three time First Team All Pro, who carried the Philadelphia 76ers to an NBA Final.  He is also a four time Scoring Champion and three time Steals Champion.

Tom Izzo (Coach):  A former NCAA Coach of the Year, Izzo took Michigan State to the NCAA Title in 2000 and seven Final Fours.

Kevin Johnson (Player):  A four time Second Team All-Star and three time All Star, Johnson is primarily responsible for keeping the Sacramento Kings in California’s capital.

John McLendon (Coach):  The first head coach to win three consecutive NAIA Championships when he did so with Tennessee State.  He is a African-American pioneer in coaching.

Shaquille O’Neal (Player):  A four time NBA Champion, O’Neal is a fifteen time All Star and former NBA MVP.

Bo Ryan (Coach):  A four time NCAA Division III Champion (Wisconsin-Platteville) and has taken the University of Wisconsin to two Final Fours.

Eddie Sutton (Coach):  A four time National Coach of the Year and is the first Head Coach to take four teams to the NCAA Tournament.

Leta Andrews, Muffet McGraw, Sheryl Swoopes and the Wayland Baptist University Team are the women’s Finalists. 

This year’s Basketball Hall of Fame Class will be announced at this year’s Final Four in April.

It is another sad day in the basketball world as Clyde Lovellette has passed away at age 86 from cancer.

Lovellette was a star player for the Kansas Jayhawks and would take his team to the NCAA Championship in 1952 and was named the Most Outstanding Player in the tournament.  That year he would also be part of the United States win at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. 

He would join the Minneapolis Lakers in 1953 and in his rookie season was an NBA Champion, making him one of the few players in history to win the NCAA, NBA and Olympic Championships.  The big man would be a four time All Star and late in his career with the Boston Celtics would win two more NBA titles.

Lovellette would be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1988. 

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to extend our condolences to the friends and family of Clyde Lovellette at this time.



It has been reported by multiple sources that Yao Ming will be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

The greatest star in the history of Chinese Basketball, Ming began his career in the Chinese league and was the first pick in the 2002 NBA Draft.  Ming was an eight time All Star who averaged 19 Points and 9.2 Rebounds per year.  Ming retired in 2011 following a series of injuries his feet and ankles.

Ming, who was ranked #3 by us at Notinhalloffame.com, will be the International representative and is almost single handedly responsible for elevating the game in China.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Yao Ming and will be watching intensely to see who will join him.



Lock it in.

As is tradition, the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame has announced this year’s class hours before the NCAA Championship Game.

As previously reported, Yao Ming is in and there is no surprise that he will joined by two major former stars. 

Shaquille O’Neal and Allen Iverson, who hold the numbers one and two spots respectively on our Notinhalloffame.com Basketball List got in on their first try. 

Shaq is a former four time NBA Champion, a former MVP, two time scoring champion and a fifteen time All Star.  O’Neal is without question the most dominant center of his day and one of the top Centers ever.

Iverson, who while he was not a former NBA Champion is also a former NBA MVP and won four scoring titles and went to 11 All Star Games.  In terms of excitement on the court, Iverson had few peers.

While O’Neal, Iverson and Ming are easily the top draws there are still big names who have been selected for this year.

Current Michigan State Head Coach, Tom Izzo enters Springfield and is a former NCAA Champion Coach.  His current record is 524 and 205.

This years female inductee is Sheryl Swoopes, a four time WNBA Champion and three time WNBA MVP.

The remaining inductees this year are former three time ABA All Star, and two time NBA All Star, Zelmo Beaty, Chicago Bulls owner, Jerry Reinsdorf, official, Darrell Garretson, African-American Pioneer, Cumberland Posey and the late African-American Coach, John McLendon.

We will be working on our new Basketball list and it should be unveiled next month.

We would like to congratulate this year’s class and as always we love this time of the year!