Honoring hoops Hall of Famers, present and future

Iverson
Iverson
Posted: August 12, 2014

LAST WEEKEND, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame had a Philly flavor with the induction of former Temple and Philadelphia Warriors legendary point guard Guy Rodgers, Immaculata's Mighty Macs and South Jersey's Gary Williams, who won 668 games as a college coach.

And Theresa Grentz, in her speech on behalf of her Mighty Mac teammates, added to the Philly feel by mentioning the coverage the team received from former Daily News basketball writer Dick "Hoops" Weiss.

It was a weekend to be Philly Proud.

In the future, there will be a more weekends to celebrate the enshrinement of all-timers who played pro, college or high school ball in the area. Here are three shoo-ins who will be making the trip to Springfield, Mass.

Lower Merion's Kobe Bryant is the ultimate no-brainer. His 31,700 points rank fourth all-time, he is a 16-time All-Star, four-time NBA All-Star Game MVP, NBA MVP, two-time NBA Finals MVP and was named Player of the Week 33 times (the same number on his Lower Merion uniform number). He's an 11-time All-NBA first-teamer, nine-time NBA All-Defensive first team and five-time NBA champ.

The Sixers' Allen Iverson, the greatest player 6-foot or below, scored 24,368 points, was named NBA MVP, rookie of the year, was an 11-time All-Star, two-time All-Star Game MVP, was named first-team All-NBA three times and led the league in scoring four times. He finished seventh all-time averaging 26.7 points a game.

And Dikembe Mutombo, who played in 106 games for the Sixers, was an eight-time All-Star, four-time defensive player of the year, led the NBA in total rebounds four times and was a five-time shot-block leader.

Other candidates include Sixers Maurice Cheeks, Doug Collins and Elton Brand, and high schoolers Rasheed Wallace (Gratz) and Richard Hamilton (Coatesville).

May we meet again in Springfield next year.

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