Miller, Nelson, Sampson and Wilkes Elected to Hall of Fame - Nike Founder Phil Knight Among Others
Well I'm sure Reggie Miller, Don Nelson, Ralph Sampson and Jamaal Wilkes are breathing a little bit easier today as various media outlets (NBA.com, CBSSports.com, ESPN.com) all reported they became four of the most notable members of the 2012 class to be headed to the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Sampson played nine seasons in the NBA, averaging over 15 points and just under 9 rebounds a game. He was a beast, standing 7 feet 4 inches. He won the Rookie of the Year Award in the 1983-84 season but his career was somewhat stifled by various knee injuries.
Jamaal Wilkes was a without question a California guy, growing up in Ventura then playing for the late, legendary John Wooden at UCLA. He spent his NBA career that spanned 12 seasons with the Warriors, the Clippers and the Lakers; so you know what I mean when I say he was truly a California guy. He averaged 17.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg in his tenure and according to wikipedia.com, when John Wooden was asked to describe his ideal player he said, "I would have the player be a good student, polite, courteous, a good team player, a good defensive player and rebounder, a good inside player and outside shooter. Why not just take Jamaal Wilkes and let it go at that."
Mel Daniels, Don Barksdale, Lidia Alexeeva, Katrina McClain, Hank Nichols, Chet Walker, Phil Knight and the All-American Red Heads (the female Harlem Globetrotters) will also be inducted at the ceremony this September.
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