CHRIS Webber, Ben Wallace, Tracy McGrady, Muggsy Bogues, Tim Hardaway and Rudy Tomjanovich banner the prospective inductees to the 2017 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
Also part of the batch are NBA legends from an earlier era, namely Mark Aguirre, a member of the Detroit Pistons’ 'Bad Boys' championship team, four-time NBA All-Star Mark Price, Kevin Johnson of Phoenix Suns fame, two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year Sidney Moncrief and forward Terry Cummings, who teamed up with a then-young David Robinson in the San Antonio Spurs frontcourt.
McGrady, one of the best prep-to-pro players to enter the NBA, and now part of ESPN’s The Jump, was rendered speechless during the program after the seven-time All-Star learned his nomination from host Rachel Nichols.
Tomjanovich, the head coach of a Houston Rockets team that won two NBA titles in the mid-90s, is the biggest name among the list of coaching candidates which includes Del Harris, Bill Fitch, Cotton Fitzsimmons and Bill Bertka, among others.
The full batch of nominees, unveiled Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time), constitutes 18 players, 24 coaches and three referees.
The finalists from the North American and women's committee for the Class of 2017 will be announced in a press conference at NBA All-Star Weekend in New Orleans on February 18. The entire Class of 2017, including those selected by the direct elect committees, will be unveiled on April 3 at the Men's NCAA Final Four in Phoenix, with the induction set on Sept. 7-9.