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Not everyone on board with Hall of Fame voting
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On February 15, 2013 @ 1:57 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY Sports
HOUSTON – Former NBA Deputy Commissioner Russ Granik was one of five 2013 direct-elects into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, sparking minor controversy over his election ahead of other names on the list such as Donnie Walsh, Jerry Krause, Johnny Most and Jerry Reinsdorf.
Granik spent 30 years with the NBA, including more than 20 years as deputy commissioner. His achievements include overseeing league expansion, increasing the league TV revenue and as vice president of USA Basketball, he helped usher in an era of Olympic basketball that included NBA players.
However, is that enough to warrant election into the Hall of Fame?
Basketball Hall of Fame Chairman Jerry Colangelo defended the Hall’s decision to elect Granik.
“The committee that looked at all the people who were submitted as candidates came to the conclusion that Russ Granik was the person they wanted to put forward this year,” Colangelo told USA TODAY Sports. “Everyone has their moment. Some people might get it on the first shot, second shot. In terms of a direct-elect, people are now going into the Hall who never went into the Hall. This is a great example of how this system is really working.
“My attitude about the Hall of Fame, being responsible for everything that happens, I believe in the system. I believe in the program. I know it’s transparent. I love the fact that people have opinions and love the fact the people may even disagree with the voting. … A lot of good people aren’t going to make it this time. Every year, it’s a great process. A lot of the people who didn’t make it are personal friends of mine. I would love to see all my personal friends get in, but that’s not going to be the case.”
Other direct-elects: Edwin B. Henderson (Early African Pioneer Committee), Roger Brown (ABA Committee) and Oscar Schmidt (International Committee).
The Hall also announced the finalists for the 2013 class: former NBA All-Stars Maurice Cheeks, Tim Hardaway, Spencer Haywood, Bernard King, Mitch Richmond and Gary Payton; North Carolina women’s coach Sylvia Hatchell; Tom Heinsohn (finalist as a coach, already in a player), former … [For more on Not everyone on board with hoops Hall of Fame voting, click here.]
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