Yesterday one of the greatest classes in the history of the Basketball Hall of Fame was enshrined into the sports most elite club. David Robinson, John Stockton, and Michael Jordan were all honored, and for a few hours yesterday, we all remembered together the impact they had on our lives and the sport of basketball.
Before the induction ceremonies the honorees faced an army of press who asked a barrage of questions. Michael Lee of the Wizards insider was there covering the event, and reported on some of the best quotes from both Jordan, and the other inductees. Here were some of the highlights:
Stockton on his thoughts when he entered the NBA: "I thought teams would figure me out pretty quickly. I thought the Jazz would figure out that they made a mistake. So I saved every cent. Spent the first paycheck, saved every cent. I lived in a one-bedroom apartment that was already furnished. Never bought a television set. Went to discount, thrift stores. Bought cans of chili. Cooked my moms lasagna, stacked it in the fridge. I was pretty sure I was a one-year and out guy. I don't know if that ever changed."
Jordan on being called 'The Greatest': People say I was the greatest ever to play to the game. I cringe a little bit. I receive it as an opinion. But for me personally, I never played against Jerry West. I never played against Elgin Baylor. I never played against Wilt Chamberlain. Yeah, I would've loved to. But to say I'm better than those people is not for me to decide. I'm happy for the accomplishments and what people might say. But just to be a part of that debate is a privilege. But I would never give myself that type of accolade because I never competed against everybody in this Hall of Fame.Michael Wilbon also weighed in on his thoughts on this, "Hall of Fame Class Like No Other"
Mike Wise weighed in on an often overlooked side of Michael Jordan's impact on not only the game, but the world.
Here are the other speeches: