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Start your lobbying campaigns now for this Hall of Fame
2006-02-17 16:57
by Bob Timmermann

The Basketball Hall of Fame announced its finalists for induction for 2006.

  • Geno Auriemma
  • Charles Barkley
  • Joe Dumars
  • Dominique Wilkins
  • Dave Gavitt
  • Dick Vitale
  • Ralph Sampson
  • Chet Walker
  • Adrian Dantley
  • Don Nelson
  • Gene Keady
  • Van Chancellor
  • Pedro Ferrandiz
  • Sandro Gamba
  • John Isaacs
  • Ben Kerner

Bios here.

So, whom do you lobby? Do you send an email to your local NBA beat writer? Well, that would be the case if anybody knew who did the electing. To gain enshrinement, you need to be named on 18 of the 24 ballots by the "Honors Committee".

Ben Kerner owned the St. Louis Hawks and is probably most famous for trading the rights to sign Bill Russell to the Boston Celtics in exchange for local hero Ed Macauley.

2006-02-17 18:57:46
1.   DXMachina
You left Dave Gavitt off the list, a man who is world famous in Rhode Island. He coached Providence College back in the Ernie D./Marvin Barnes days, founded the Big East, and was coach of the 1980 Olympic basketball team that didn't go to Moscow.
2006-02-17 19:21:17
2.   Bob Timmermann
Thanks. Gavitt's been added to the list.
2006-02-17 19:32:23
3.   joejoejoe
Gavitt and Barkley.

The Big East totally changed basketball from Philly to Boston. The last NCAA champion from the northeast prior to the Big East was LaSalle in 1954. Since the Big East was founded in 1979 they've had five champions. Gavitt gets in for that alone.

Barkley is one of the three best players at his position ever and has two Olympic Gold Medals. And he gets style points for playing power forward at 6'5". And he's a better announcer than Vitale.

2006-02-17 19:47:52
4.   das411
I would vote for 'nique also, competing in Slam Dunk contests with his height?? He's like the NBA's answer to The Rickey!
2006-02-17 19:49:29
5.   Bob Timmermann
I think Gavitt will make it in, but you never can tell with the Basketball Hall of Fame and people like Barkley.

They made Bob Knight wait a couple of years.

2006-02-18 13:45:16
6.   Linkmeister
Can I vote against Vitale?
2006-02-18 14:03:39
7.   Bob Timmermann
Are you part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Star Chamber?
2006-02-18 15:14:43
8.   Linkmeister
I'm the Jack Abramoff of the B-Ball HOF committee.
2006-02-18 19:59:47
9.   grandcosmo
Dear Honors Committee,
I am ordinarily not a violent man however if Dick Vitale is voted into the Basketball Hall of Fame I will proceed to murder one person a day chosen completely at random until I am stopped by the authorities.



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