NBA Hall of Fame: A Cheat Sheet to the 2014 Nominees
Here’s what we know about the 2014 National Basketball Association Hall of Fame class: one commissioner is in for sure, and five former players are in consideration, as well as four coaches. Four other players were elected as representatives from different groups within the voting block (the international committee, the ABA committee, the early African-American pioneers committee, and the veterans committee).
The ones that are in? David Stern, the commissioner who just concluded a tumultuous and tremendous 30-year career that saw the NBA change from an also-ran American sport to a global phenomenon. For the international committee, Lithuanian player Šarūnas Marčiulionis, who played for the Golden State Warriors, the Seattle Supersonics, the Denver Nuggets, and the Sacramento Kings, as well as winning a gold medal with the USSR in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul.
The ABA committee’s selection was Bobby “Slick” Leonard, an NCAA winner as a player and longtime coach of the NBA’s Pacers, both before and after the NBA-ABA merger (Leonard lead the Pacers to three ABA titles). The veterans committee selected two-time league assist leader and current Chicago Bulls single-season assist leader Guy Rodgers, while the Early African-American Pioneers of the Game committee selected former New York Knick Nat Clifton, who was the second African-American player to ever sign an NBA contract. Now, let’s take a look at the players and coaches who may be joining them on August 8.