As we inch towards the 2018-19 regular season in the National Basketball Association, we have another significant retirement as Richard Jefferson is calling it a career in professional basketball.
Drafted 13th Overall in 2001 from the University of Arizona, Richard Jefferson began his pro career with the New Jersey Nets where he had the best part of his career. Jefferson would take over as the starting Small Forward in his sophomore season and he would have four 19 Points per Game seasons in the seven seasons he played in the Garden State.
Jefferson would later play foe Milwaukee, San Antonio, Golden State, Utah, Dallas, Cleveland and Denver and it was in the 2015-2016 season with the Cavaliers where as a key reserve player he won a NBA Championship ring.
We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to wish Richard Jefferson the best in his post-playing career.
It is a sad day for fans of the Green Bay Packers and Pro Football in general as Hall of Fame Fullback Jim Taylor passed away today at the age of 83.
An All-American at LSU, the Packers would select Taylor in the second round of the 1958 draft. He saw limited action as a rookie but when Vince Lombardi was hired, Taylor would become a feature back. Along with Paul Hornung, the Packers would have the best pair of backs in the game. A power runner, Taylor was especially effective in short yardage situations. In 1960, Taylor would have his first of five consecutive 1,000 Yard Rushing seasons. His most productive would occur in 1963 where he would have a career high and league leading 1,474 Yards with 19 Rushing Touchdowns and he was named the AP MVP.
Under Lombardi, Taylor would assist the Packers win the 1961, 1962, 1965 and 1966 NFL Championship and he was a member of the Super Bowl I Championship Team. Individually speaking he was a five time Pro Bowler and a First Team All Pro in 1963. Finishing his career in New Orleans for one season in 1967, he would retire with 8,597 Rushing Yards with 83 Rushing Touchdowns.
He would be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1976.
We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to extend our condolences to the friends, fans and family of Jim Taylor at this time.
We discussed a significant change that took place in the process of the voting of the International Tennis Hall of Fame whereby a fan vote would be put in place that would assist the top three vote getters.
How it works is that the top vote getter will receive a three percent boost in, the second place finisher a two percent boost and the third place finisher a one percent increase in the vote percentage whereby a 75% vote is needed for induction. Here are the three beneficiaries of the first ever fan aided voted.
From China, Li Na received the highest number of votes. Once ranked #2 in 2014, Na won 9 WTA Tournaments including the 2015 Australian and 2011 French Open.
Goran Ivanisevic is the only player in Tennis history to win the Wimbledon as a wildcard entry, a feat he accomplished in 2001, although he did not win any other Singles Grand Slams. The Croatian would however win 22 singles titles and 9 doubles titles while being ranked as high as #2 in 1994.
Keeping in the International theme, Mary Pierce from France finished third. She was ranked as high as #3 (1995) and she would win the 1995 Australian Open and 2000 French Open.
The Class of 2019 will be announced on January 22 during the Australia Open and the ceremony will take place on July 20.
The World Golf Hall of Fame has announced their five new members who have received the necessary 75 percent from the 16 member selection committee.
The 2019 World Golf Hall of Fame Class will be:
Retief Goosen: From South Africa, Goosen won 33 worldwide tournaments, which included the 2001 and 2004 U.S. Open. Goosen arguably should be the headliner for the induction ceremony.
Peggy Kirk Bell: Kirk Bell won the 1949 Titleholders Championship and was an inaugural member of the LPGA. Her greatest contribution to the game would occur later as an instructor. She passed away two years ago at the age of 95.
Jan Stephenson: Stephenson was the LPGA Rookie of the Year in 1974 and the Australian would become very popular for her play and for endorsements, which were also due to her looks. She would win 16 LPGA Titles including the 1981 du Maurier Classic, the 1982 LPGA Championship and 1983 Women’s Open.
Billy Payne: Payne was the chairman of the Augusta National and the Masters Tournament (2006-17).
Dennis Walters: Walters suffered a golf cart accident at age 24, which while it derailed a promising career as a player would see him continue to give golf clinics and trick shots.
We here ay Notinhallofame.com would like to congratulate the newest members of the World Golf Hall of Fame.