Back on December 1 we showed you some of the first round candidates for the 2011 Basketball Hall of Fame Induction. Today the Hall announced the list of finalists. Here you go:
So who got dropped from the original list?
Surprised by any of these drops?
Jerry West was first immortalized with this
Yesterday the Lakers and the Staples Center decided to honor him once again with a beautiful new statue that will join Magic Johnson, Chick Hearn, Wayne Gretzky and Oscar De La Hoya on the grounds around the Lakers home. Check out this vide for some great stuff from Kareem, Magic, Elgin Baylor, Pat Riley and others.
We think the quote below from Jerry himself sums up this NBA legend.
"I never did anything in my life for recognition. A lot of people who were around would probably say that, even some connected with the Lakers. But that's not what I work for. I work because it was the love of my life. It was a thing that allowed me the opportunity to have an education and more importantly in basketball let me have a career."
Congratulations Mr. West, much deserved.
Today marks the 13th anniversary of the passing of Harry Caray. Caray was one of baseball’s most beloved voices and the true voice of Chicago baseball. To outsiders of Chicago, Caray was strictly the voice of the Cubs. What a lot of people don’t realize is that while Caray may have been the voice of the Cubs for 15 years, before that, he was the voice of the White Sox for ten years. Caray served the broadcasting community for more then 50 years.
Caray’s loved the game of baseball. He loved his Cubbies and was one of the few broadcasters who wasn’t afraid to show his true loyalties in the booth. While he may have drawn criticism for his bias from national media members, it only made the city of Chicago love him more. His famous “Holy Cow!” calls and 7th Inning stretch renditions of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” are still cherished memories to Cubs fans everywhere. Caray became so popular nationally that Will Ferell even parodied Caray in some of his sketches for Saturday Night Live in the ‘90s and ‘00s. Below are a few of the more famous sketches for your enjoyment. Rest in peace Harry.
To finish off our day of basketball we wanted to share our new NBA Downtown Track Jacket for Spring 2011! Hope you enjoy them!
We are happy to announce the release of two very special All Star jerseys. But before we get to that, a little history.
The 1998 NBA All Star Game was held on February 8 in Madison Square Garden. And if there wasn't enough hype with the game being played in the Big Apple, it was also the first All Star meeting of Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan. It was Jordan's 12th appearance and Kobe's first.
The East squad, coached by Larry Bird, easily took care of George Karl's West 135 - 114. Michael captured his third All Star MVP trophy finshing with 23 points / 6 rebounds / 8 assists / 3 steals. The young guy defintiely made his presence felt for the West finishing with an impressive stat line - 18 points / 6 rebounds / 1 assist / 2 steals.
To commemorate this game and match-up, we are happy to announce the release of Michael's and Kobe's 1998 All Star jerseys. These limited jerseys will be available for the first time this weekend at the Mitchell & Ness section of the NBA Jam Session in LA. Jam Session is being held at the Los Angeles Convention Center this Friday - Monday.
Both jerseys come with the 1998 NBA All star patch and date / player label above the Hardwood Classic jocktag.
And one last bonus on the Jordan jersey, since this jersey is part of our Michael Jordan Collection, it comes with a collectible hang tag including an image of Michael and his stats from the game.
These jerseys, Made In The U.S.A by the way, retail for $300 each. Don't worry if you are not in LA this weekend, they will be available at the Mitchell & Ness retail store, the NBA Store in NYC and at store.nba.com very soon. We will let you know as soon as they arrive.