Bernard King finally got the legendary gorilla off his back, but the same cannot be said for everyone who had hopes of being inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame.
Admittedly, deciphering between who belongs in the hall and who doesn't is a precarious task. Fear of unjustly excluding deserving persons, coupled with the possibility of glorifying the wrong player over another one, makes for a sensitive issue.
But, at least for now, we shouldn't be about berating the league for past or current selections. Instead, as King and Gary Payton, among others, prepare to be immortalized as NBA aficionados, it's a time to reflect.
On what exactly?
The players who are worthy of such an honor but have yet to receive it. Those who may have been snubbed, but mostly, who we appreciate enough to believe that they deserve a spot amongst the Association's best.
A spot that they'll hopefully, one day, receive.