2011 HOF Class Showcases Unique Talents

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The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced it’s inductees this week.  Among the basketball personalities that were honored were some all time NBA greats.  Arvydas Sabonis, Chris Mullin, and Dennis Rodman each carved out successful niches for themselves in a league loaded with athletic talent, speed, and leaping ability.  For most of their NBA careers, none of these three standouts had the athleticism of their contemporaries.  What they did have was unique talents that shaped their on-court prowess.  Chris Mullin is famous for his incredible shooting accuracy.  Dennis Rodman is known, on the court, for his amazing desire to rebound and play shutdown defense on any assignment.  And Arvydas Sabonis put on displays of passing from the post that baffled defenders and delighted fans, as well as outside shooting that would even have Zydrunas Ilgauskas raising an eyebrow.  All three were unique players in their time and have helped change and shape the standards for shooting, rebounding, and passing from their respective positions.

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4 Responses to “2011 HOF Class Showcases Unique Talents”

  1. High Above Courtside Says:

    At the very begining of my memories of the NBA, Tom “Satch” Sanders was one of the first names I recall. Although he never averaged more than 13 ppg— not 10 rpg, he was a key in the Celtics success. When the Celts were reeling off 8 championships in a row, they never had a player in the top 10 of scoring–it was pure defense oriented team basketball. A true gentlmen in every way I am so glad that Tom is finally being recognized.

    • pmadavi Says:

      Any thoughts on Artis? I never saw him play, but the highlights show him to be a force in the middle.

      Paul Madavi

  2. High Above Courtside Says:

    Yes I do. I actually saw a lot more of Artis play than Satch. Most of my Satch knowledge was via radio—listening the the original High Above Courtside—–and a guy who should be in the HOF Johnny Most.

    I saw Artis take his college team Jacksonville to the the final game only to lose to the Sidney Wicks lead UCLA team.

    Artis then went on to play along with Dan Issell on a great Kentucky ABA team. He dominated the inside in the ABA which was much less of a low post league that the NBA was at the time.

    In the NBA Artis had many good years with Chicago Bulls and later the Spurs. He played Kareem and Moses tough as well as Hayes, Walton and Thurmond.

    Artis was not as quick or nimble as Wilt in his prime, but man could he clog the middle, good on the boards, and with his wingspan could discourage many a shot. Not so good with the quick guys Cowens and McAdoo—but those guys had plenty fo bruises at the end of games with Artis.

    A legend and a deserving Basketball HOF’er! Congratulation to the A Train well deserved

  3. jpalumbo Says:

    Bob Ryan once wrote that Chris Mullin was the NBA’s answer to the change up pitch. Pretty apt description. Mullin played at his own pace, but nobody could really guard him. He’d put up 25 efficient points a game against anyone. And now that I’m a huge St. John’s fan for as long as my wife works for the school, I retroactively applaud his tremendous collegiate career. Go Big East!

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