Alonzo Mourning, Mitch Richmond reported elected to Hall of

Alonzo Mourning, Mitch Richmond reported elected to Hall of

Postby Basketball Fan on Thu Apr 03, 2014 11:40 am

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Alonzo Mourning, Mitch Richmond reportedly elected to Hall of Fame

The NBA doesn’t have a Hall of Fame, leaving the duty of honoring its all-time greats to the Basketball Hall of Fame – an organization hung up on honoring players and coaches (way too many coaches) based on accomplishments at lesser levels. Its processes are both screwed up and secretive (though maybe the former will get marginally better).

Advice: Never predict who will be enshrined, and don’t dwell on who should be enshrined. It doesn’t make sense and won’t make sense.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t take a few moments to honor those elected in what’s still a huge honor. Five former NBA players were finalists this year, and two were reportedly elected.

In:

Alonzo Mourning
Mitch Richmond
Out:

Tim Hardaway
Kevin Johnson
Spencer Haywood

Mourning’s career overlapped with a some of the NBA’s all-time great centers: Hakeem Olajuwon, David Robinson, Patrick Ewing and Shaquille O’Neal. Mourning might not be in the same class as those four, but he was smaller (6-foot-10, 240 pounds) than them and still held his own, adding to the era’s remarkable pivots rather than falling short of the standard. With a bulldog attitude, Mourning dominated defensively, hit the glass hard and scored strongly inside.

He began his career with the Charlotte Hornets, but when he demanded a huge new contract, they traded him to the Miami Heat. Mourning became the Heat’s first star player, helping to make Miami a cool place to play and possibly laying the groundwork for LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to sign there years later.

Multiple times, it appeared kidney disease would end Mourning’s career, and he even retired in 2003. But he retuned to the NBA, and in his second stint with the Heat, he won the 2006 championship as a role player.

Richmond was a pure and dependable scorer, ranking 12th all time with 10 seasons averaging at least 21 points per game. For a while, he and Reggie Miller vied for the title of No. 2 shooting guard in the world behind Michael Jordan.

As a long-range gunner, Richmond was ahead of his time. When Richmond retired, only Dale Ellis, Glen Rice and Reggie Miller had taken more 3-pointers (3,417) and made a higher percentage of them (38.8).

But Richmond never experienced much team-wide success, at least as a major contributor. He won just two playoff series his entire career, one each his rookie and third seasons as a Golden State Warrior. After that, he made the playoffs only once in seven seasons with the Sacramento Kings and never in three seasons with the Washington Wizards. In his final season, 2001-02, Richmond won a championship with the Lakers as a little-used reserved.

Hardaway, Johnson and Hayood could be elected in future seasons. Each had fine careers.

But with the Basketball Hall of Fame, who knows?
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Re: Alonzo Mourning, Mitch Richmond reported elected to Hall of

Postby revgen on Thu Apr 03, 2014 12:33 pm

Zo to me is a borderline HOFer. He wasn't as good as Shaq, Ewing, D-Rob, or Hakeem, and his kidney issues shortened his prime years.

Richmond, doesn't really belong at all IMO. There are others who are more deserving.
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Re: Alonzo Mourning, Mitch Richmond reported elected to Hall of

Postby John3:16 on Thu Apr 03, 2014 8:25 pm

revgen wrote:Zo to me is a borderline HOFer. He wasn't as good as Shaq, Ewing, D-Rob, or Hakeem, and his kidney issues shortened his prime years.

Richmond, doesn't really belong at all IMO. There are others who are more deserving.


Agree on both counts. Zo definitely brought it every night. But he just lacked offensive skills to take over a game like the centers you mentioned.

Richmond? Really? ROY and probably underrated as a defender. But no way would I want to build a team around him. I think Timmy Hardaway was more deserving of the Hall. His comments about homosexuals a few years ago probably killed his getting in the HoF (at least for the immediate future).
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Re: Alonzo Mourning, Mitch Richmond reported elected to Hall of

Postby Rooscooter on Thu Apr 03, 2014 8:45 pm

Wow.... Really?

Zo gets in on his off the court and political stuff IMO and Richmond was consistently good for a long time but never a huge difference maker.

World Free, Jack Sikma, Terry Cummings and Sidney Moncrief are all as, or more, deserving than either of these guys.
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Re: Alonzo Mourning, Mitch Richmond reported elected to Hall of

Postby Lets Go Lakers on Thu Apr 03, 2014 9:56 pm

Zo played in one of the best eras ever for centers. The article also didn't mention Mutombo. I honestly think that had Zo played in today's era, he would be getting 25/12 per night instead of the 20/10 he got in his prime in a much tougher era. He would look pretty spectacular in today's era. He was undersized and still held his own. 2 time dpoy winner. I don't have a problem with him getting in. The guy was a great center for a 8 year stretch.

Richmond is a guy who most people would say, "huh"? No one really remembers him outside of basketball fans. Jordan has said several times that Mitch was his toughest opponent. I guess he just matched up well with MJ. But if you are going just by the numbers of averaging at least 21.9 ppg for 10 straight years, that's pretty hard to duplicate. Sure, alot of people can do that on bad teams. But if you put a gun to my head, I would say he shouldn't get in. He had no playoff success.
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Re: Alonzo Mourning, Mitch Richmond reported elected to Hall of

Postby Congo Cash on Fri Apr 04, 2014 7:23 am

The HoF is a big joke and I love Zo's heart and determination, both just doesn't deserve it...
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Postby Rooscooter on Fri Apr 04, 2014 7:56 am

Jack Sikma had a better career…. stats better than Zo and won a championship when he was the focus of his team.
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Postby revgen on Fri Apr 04, 2014 8:07 am

^Sikma is in the same position as Jo Jo White and the others you mentioned. All players from the 70's, the dark age of the NBA.
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Postby Kou on Sat Apr 05, 2014 3:54 pm

While I'm not sure Zo is a HoFer, if he was playing today he'd be putting up 25/13/4.
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Postby 432J on Fri Apr 11, 2014 6:57 pm

mourning is borderline HOF, if it was up to me he wouldn't get in but a case could be made for his induction

richmond though i'm baffled at. rookie of the year, 6 time all star, 3x all NBA 2nd team, and one title he won riding the pine with us in his last season. that's really not anything special at all and i would have never guessed he'd get in. he had some good years with the kings in the 90s but i think moncrief is way more deserving than richmond
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