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Two Teams are Primed to Retire their First Ever Jersey Numbers

Being inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is the highest honor for a basketball player anywhere in the world. As the hall celebrates basketball players, coaches, and contributors from all over the world, at all levels, and across all genders, it is a very special achievement for anyone involved with basketball to become an honouree.

However, in the NBA, there is something unique about a player having their jersey number retired. It’s a huge sign of respect from a franchise to the player, coach, or commentator, recognizing the impact that the person had on the organization and the sport.

The NBA is flourishing right now and is stacked with talent. LeBron James is one of the sport’s biggest stars, is a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame and may even have his number retired by the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Miami Heat. There could be a quintuple day of retirement at the Oakland Arena one day. Even though Michael Jordan jokingly dismissed Steph Curry as a Hall of Famer for the time being, Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Kevin Durant, and Draymond Green could see their numbers hoisted to the rafters or a special ‘Hamptons 5’ jersey to immortalize the team-first mentality of the all-conquering group.

It remains true to this day that two NBA teams are yet to retire any numbers. The 2019 NBA champions, the Toronto Raptors, and the Los Angeles Clippers haven’t flung any player’s number up into the canopy yet.

On 12 January 2019, the Oklahoma City Thunder officially joined the ranks of teams with retired numbers. Nick Collison’s number was the first to be retired by the team since their move from Seattle. So, that leaves just the Clippers and Raptors without a retired jersey number.

Claims for the Clippers’ first retired numbers

While there may still be a sour taste in the mouth of what became of the Los Angeles Clippers, Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan, and Blake Griffin were once the proponents of change and the core pieces of the awe-inspiring ‘Lob City’ era. Having only been founded in 1970 as the Buffalo Braves before going to San Diego and then finally landing as the Los Angeles Clippers in 1984, the team lacked a history of success and has been mired in controversy before ‘Lob City’ came to town.

Through Paul, Jordan, and Griffin, the fortunes of the Clippers were finally on the up, but somehow, the team never made it to the NBA Finals. The incredibly talented team was forever hampered by injuries and the three have since departed. The franchise and the fans will surely look back fondly on the time of ‘Lob City’ as the trio truly dragged the Clippers out of the basement to give the crowds a reason to cheer and be hopeful.

Claims for the Raptors’ first retired numbers

In winning the NBA Championship for the first time in franchise history last season, the audacious offseason moves made by the Toronto Raptors to bring in the expiring contract of Kawhi Leonard was verified. It did, however, add to the increasingly mercenary-like nature of NBA superstars, with Leonard, predictably, moving on at the end of the season. Forbes notes that Leonard signing for one year with the Raptors, winning the championship as the Finals MVP, and then leaving was a first. It will always be a talking point surrounding Toronto’s win, but ultimately, it was Leonard’s play that won them their first-ever crown.

Leonard is now battling for the Los Angeles Clippers on a big-money deal. With a prolonged stay in LA, and if he delivers on the leading NBA Championship odds of 3/1 to win it all with Betway, as of 13 November, Leonard may be in consideration for a retired number with the Raptors and the Clippers. But if there’s one player on the team who Toronto Raptors fans would most like to see have his jersey retired, it would have to be Kyle Lowry. Since joining in 2012, Lowry has won over the fans, greatly due to his friendship with former teammate DeMar DeRozan, but by helping the team to win its first title, Lowry has cemented himself in Toronto Raptors history.

There is another former Raptor who is remarkably still plying his trade in the NBA who has a claim to a place among the rafters at the Scotiabank Arena: Vince Carter. Now 42-years-old, Carter was traded to Toronto before his NBA debut, but through his gravity-defying, enigmatic play, ‘Air Canada’ put the Raptors on the map.

Both the Los Angeles Clippers and the Toronto Raptors have reason to consider joining the rest of the NBA by anointing a player with the honor of retiring their number.

Our Top 50 All-Time Brooklyn Nets are now up

Yes, we know that this is taking a while!

As many of you know, we here at Notinhalloffame.com are slowly generating the 50 of each major North American sports team.  We have a new one to unveil today, that of the Brooklyn Nets. 

The Nets were formed in 1967, as the New Jersey Americans an inaugural ABA franchise.  They would relocate after one year to New York City, and became the Nets, and with the arrival Julius Erving in 1974, they would win the ABA Title in 1974 and 1976.  The Nets were one of the four teams to join the NBA, but they did so without Erving.  They would return to New Jersey in 1977, where they would stay until 2012.  The Nets have yet to win the NBA Championship, but did win the Eastern Conference in 2002 and 2003.  They moved to Brooklyn in 2012, where they have remained since.

As for all of our top 50 players in basketball, we look at the following: 

  1. Advanced Statistics.
  1. Traditional statistics and how they finished in the NBA.
  1. Playoff accomplishments.
  1. Their overall impact on the team and other intangibles not reflected in a stat sheet.

Remember, this is ONLY based on what a player does on that particular team and not what he accomplished elsewhere and also note that we have placed increased importance on the first two categories.

This list is updated up until the end of the 2018-19 Season.

The complete list can be found herebut as always we announce our top five in this article.  They are:

  1. Jason Kidd
  1. Julius Erving
  1. Buck Williams
  1. Brook Lopez
  1. Vince Carter

We will continue our adjustments on our existing lists and will continue developing our new lists.  

As always we thank you for your support.

Bill Russell finally accepts his Hall of Fame ring

44 years after he was named to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, Bill Russell finally accepted his Hall of Fame ring.  

In a tweet, he said that “in ’75 I refused to be the 1stblack player to go into” the hall as he “felt others before me should have that honor.”  He referenced Chuck Cooper in that tweet, who was chosen earlier this year.  Cooper was the first African-American to play in the NBA in 1950.

Russell mentioned that he received the ring in a private ceremony, which was attended by his wife and close friends, which included Alonzo Mourning and Bill Walton.  

Walton was an 11-time NBA Champion with the Boston Celtics, a two-time NCAA Champion with the University of San Francisco and an Olympic Gold Medalist with the United States.  He was a five-time MVP, eleven-time All-NBA selection and twelve-time All-Star.

Suddenly, the Basketball Hall of Fame seems so much more relevant.  

 

The Finalists are set for our Fictitious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

It is another big day for us at Notinhalloffame.com!

Following the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s announcement of their Finalists, our Fictitious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is announcing its Finalists for the 2019 Class. This will be the fifth full class.

Like in previous years, the opening round began with over 500 Fictional Musicians which was reduced to 40 Fictional Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Semi-Finalists.  The top 15 vote getters advanced to the Final Round.

The 15 Fictitious Rock and Roll Hall Finalists are:

Archies, The (Archie). In the real world, the Archies went number one with “Sugar Sugar”.  The Archie universe continues with comics and the show, Riverdale. This is their third straight year as a Finalist.

Banana Splits, The(The Banana Splits).  From the minds of Sid and Marty Kroft, the Banana Splits lasted just over 30 episodes but the baby boom generation clearly remembers them well.  This is the second time that they have been Finalists.

 

Bleeding Gums Murphy(The Simpsons). This is the only Finalist for The Simpsons, who have produced one every year since we began this process.

Eddie and the Cruisers(Eddie and the Cruisers).  The bar band from New Jersey is a Finalist for a second time.  

Figrin D’An and the Modal Nodes(Star Wars: Episode IV, A New Hope).  The band from the Mos Eisley Cantina makes their first appearance as a Finalist. From what we know, they only know two songs.

Jackie Rogers Jr.(SCTV). This is a surprise Finalist, as Rogers Jr. has never been a Semi-Finalist before this year.  Could be have our first albino singer in the Hall?

Jem and the Holograms(Jem and the Holograms).  This truly, truly, truly outrageous band from the 80s who were beacons of good.  This is their second time as Finalists.

Jesse and the Rippers(Full House). This is another major surprise as this San Francisco bar band had never made it to the Semi-Finals before this year.

Jimmy “B-Rabbit” Smith(8 Mile). For the first time, B-Rabbit makes the Finals and we could have our first rapper in the Fictitious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Otis Day & The Knights(Animal House). This is the third time that Otis Day has made the Finals, and we think if they get in, they will party at the Dexter Lake Club.

Randy Watson(Coming to America).  We last saw Watson at the Queens, New York, Black Awareness event.  Perhaps we will see more of him in the impending sequel. This is the first time that he has become a Finalist.

Rutles, The(The Rutles). The Rutles have been Finalists before, and this remains one of the best musical spoofs in history.

School of Rock, The(The School of Rock).  Jack Black is already in for Tenacious D, and he could easily be a two-time inductee this year.  This is second straight year for the School of Rock as a Finalist.

Soggy Bottom Boys, The(O Brother, Where Art Thou?).  The Soggy Bottom Boys are Finalists for the second time and in terms of “fictional age” this is the only group that pre-dates the rock and roll era.

Stillwater (Almost Famous).  This rock band from the 1970s is a Finalists for the third time.

The Finalists will be announced on December 30, 2019.

Voting can be found here: http://www.notinhalloffame.com/ficitious-rock-and-roll-voting/2019-round-3

 

We thank you for your support of this project and look for more like this from us at Notinhalloffame.com!