Hall of Fame for Dummies: Explanations and Process

Every year, around September 10, the big names in basketball – male and female, American and international, professional and amateur – join the extremely prestigious Hall of Fame, where all the legends who made orange ball history. The event is always separate on the calendar, there are so many emotions each time. And to warm up before the next party, a few explanations about how it works and how it unfolds can’t hurt.

Hall of Fame, absolute honor

Wearing the iconic orange jacket, receiving the matching large ring, and feeling the always distinctive atmosphere of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield (the birthplace of basketball, in Massachusetts), all basketball players in a dream, even if very few succeeded. Because getting into the Basketball Hall of Fame is very simple The ultimate culmination of a career. It is like a stamp on a resume, an affirmation of your greatness, and a ticket to immortality. More than 400 basketball legends have been inducted since the Hall of Fame was founded in 1959, and every year that number is growing as more big names are added. As stated in its official description, the Basketball Hall of Fame corresponds “With 4,000 square meters of history, dedicated to the promotion, preservation and celebration of basketball”. He could have said it better.

How is the Hall of Fame selection process?

To be eligible to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, players, coaches, and referees who have had a career worthy of a potentially groundbreaking career must have been retired for at least three seasons. This term was initially five years but the HOF decided to shorten it in 2017, allowing them to honor their careers even faster. Major “contributors” who have been involved in the advancement of basketball who are neither players, coaches, nor referees can also join the Hall of Fame, but are not subject to these eligibility criteria.

The selection process takes place in several stages. Basically, there are about fifty nominees each year for induction into the Hall of Fame. The two selection committees (North American, women) meet to debate (sometimes heatedly), to sort and retain the committees they consider most deserving. A vote is then organized to designate the finalists (maximum 10 for the North American Committee, 4 for women), whose nominations are reviewed by the Hall of Fame Board of Directors (which verifies that none of the finalists violated basketball’s integrity) before being referred to honor committees, which will decide among themselves in the end. The 24 members of each of the honor committees (North American, women) vote “yes” or “no” for each candidate, who must receive 75% of the positive vote (18 out of 24 minimum) to enter the Hall of Fame.

Now that you know the basics of the selection process, you’re probably wondering who’s responsible for putting envelopes in the ballot box. And with it there, the mystery is complete. as pointed out ESPN In a recent paper published in the Hall of Fame, the identity of voters is confidential, and we even learned that the last votes – those of honor committees – were destroyed after they were counted. Why does the Basketball Hall of Fame focus on anonymity while others (baseball, hockey, soccer) reveal the names of the voters? “We want to protect the people involved in the process, in order to avoid things that could happen in other sports, especially in terms of impact” Hall of Fame president Jerry Colangelo justifies. All we know if we believe the description given by the Basketball Hall of Fame is that the voting panel is made up of Hall of Famers, CEOs, coaches, journalists, and various basketball experts, men and women. nothing else. However, this painting evolves over time as electors commit for three years, then new electors join the committee under the sway of Matt Zissing (Hole of Fame historian) and of course Jerry Colangelo.

In the end, you have to know There are no specific criteria for entering the Hall of Fame. You don’t have to win many titles, score many points, or get many things done. The candidate’s entire career is analyzed, in terms of achievement, statistics, influence, impact on basketball, and many other things. This obviously opens the door to a lot of controversy because if it’s clear that the greatest basketball legends have a ready place in the Hall of Fame, it’s less so for others. Moreover, in recent years the Hall of Fame has often been accused of opening its doors too easily and thus reducing the importance of entering the Hall of Fame.

How’s your Hall of Fame weekend going?

Obviously, the most memorable moment that accompanies a player’s induction into the Hall of Fame is the speech is consistent with. Set to be Saturday evening (in the evening from Saturday to Sunday for us), it’s a chance to see some legends shed a few tears in front of their families, former teammates, teammates and other big names in basketball. When the Hall of Famer finds himself on the stage, behind the microphone, he is usually accompanied by one of his greatest influences he just introduced a few seconds ago. Michael Jordan, for example, chose his idol David Thompson in 2009, and Magic Johnson chose his historical rival Larry Bird in 2002.

But the Hall of Fame weekend also consists of other nice little events. The day before, on Friday, the new Hall of Famers participate in a question-and-answer game with reporters during their traditional press conference, as well as an autograph session. On Friday evening, they receive the famous orange Hall of Fame induction jacket and the beautiful ring that accompanies it. This often happens when they say to themselves, “Wow, that’s it, I’m on my way to Springfield.”

Hall of Fame weekend is not a weekend like any other. Especially if it’s the first for you. But even for regular people, seeing the big names of the orange ball being rewarded for all their deeds and shedding a few tears (not all of them, but many) is always a special moment. A moment we will never tire of.

Text sources: hoohall.com, ESPN

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