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August 30, 2012
Don Nelson, Jamaal Wilkes, Reggie Miller ... but Phil Knight?

I'm sure there will be further discussion about this leading up to the Sept. 7 Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in Springfield, Mass., but for the moment, let's just say, Don Nelson and Reggie Miller are no-brainer selections.

And I always felt that fomer Lakers star Jamaal Wilkes - quiet and unassuming, and an essential member of Pat Riley's Showtime squad - never received the recognition he deserved. But the selection of Nike co-founder Phil Knight as a "contributor" for this year's class makes me shake my head.

While there's no disputing the influence of the sneaker companies and the nice bump they provided for the earnings of college coaches and an innumerable number of high profile athletes, I'm not sure that makes them worthy of inclusion into basketball's Hall of Fame. Then again, it's all about the money.



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