Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
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Nash, Allen among 13 to join Basketball Hall of Fame

Nash, Allen among 13 to join Basketball Hall of Fame

Dino Radja fought back tears. He ranks second all-time in assists (12,091) and steals (2,684) in National Basketball Association history. Steve Nash and Maurice Cheeks were also among the 13 players, contributors and coaches to be inducted on Friday night.

Scott, who was selected by the veterans committee, was the first African-American scholarship athlete at North Carolina, where he helped the Tar Heels to back-to-back Final Four appearances.

Tina Thompson was alone at the podium for her Hall of Fame induction speech because presenter Cheryl Miller couldn't make it. Kidd won Rookie of the Year award (alongside with Grant Hill). Among them were four former National Basketball Association superstars: Ray Allen, Steve Nash, Jason Kidd and Grant Hill.

Steve Nash, was a back-to-back NBA MVP (2005, 2006) and an eight-time NBA All-Star. He missed the entire 2003-04 season with an ankle injury and played fewer than 50 games in a half-dozen other seasons. "He was one of the greatest shooters of all time, but Ray would dunk on you. If you're patient, the plateaus will become springboards".

"People look at how I left, but I look at how I lived while I was (in Boston)", Allen said Thursday, per ESPN. "Since day one I loved the Celtics". "I wouldn't have rather been anywhere else in the world".

Kidd trudged up the steps into Springfield's Symphony Hall carrying a baby stroller.

"This is incredible to be here with this group", said two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Nash.

Welts was a pioneer of a different sort. My most important part of my family is here. A four-time All-Star who was a member of the Sixers' 1983 championship team, he retired as No. 5 on the NBA's career assist list. And then the coach would get mad at me!

Driesell's meandering speech was such a crowd-pleaser that every time he stopped to ask if his time was up, the crowd shouted back: "No!"

"Duke and a short speech is an oxymoron", said Scott, who broke the colour barrier in Chapel Hill and brought the Tar Heels to back-to-back Final Fours before winning the 1976 National Basketball Association title in Boston. "I am very proud to be standing here as a black man that took a patch that wasn't easy, but was the right path to take".

Reggie has had a profound effect on my early years in the National Basketball Association.

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