I really didn't get into all the Hall of Fame hoopla. Until they induct Dennis Johnson into the Hall, I don't really think they have a lot of credibility. And, I really have never liked Michael Jordan. He was always the enemy, but more than that, he always struck me as such an egotistical jerk that I really, really never liked him. Kind of like why I have never liked Kobe, even aside from the fact that he is a Laker.
So, I didn't watch the Hall of Fame induction ceremony. I figured it would be just a lot of bowing and scraping before the great Michael Jordan. But, I really thought that Jordan would be gracious on the day that he was inducted into the Hall of Fame. I guess I was wrong. In reading the reactions to his speech, it seems that he tossed everyone he could think of under the bus. He was petty and egotistical right to the last. I never liked Michael Jordan and I like him even less now. Here is Adrian Wojnarowski's take on the speech from Yahoo.com:
This wasn’t a Hall of Fame induction speech, but a bully tripping nerds with lunch trays in the school cafeteria. He had a responsibility to his standing in history, to players past and present, and he let everyone down. This was a night to leave behind the petty grievances and past slights – real and imagined. This was a night to be gracious, to be generous with praise and credit.
“M.J. was introduced as the greatest player ever and he’s still standing there trying to settle scores,” one Hall of Famer said privately later.
From the speeches of David Robinson to John Stockton, Jerry Sloan to Vivian Stringer, there was an unmistakable thread of peace of mind and purpose. At times, they were self-deprecating and deflective of praise. Jordan hasn’t mastered that art, and it reveals him to be oddly insecure. When Jordan should’ve thanked the Bulls ex-GM, Jerry Krause, for surrounding him with championship coaches and talent, he ridiculed him. It was me, Jordan was saying. Not him. “The organization didn’t play with the flu in Utah,” Jordan grumbled.
On to a more pleasant note, Gabe Pruitt has been signed to a training camp contract with the Knicks. I like Gabe. He always had a smile on his face and seemed to be trying really hard, but never quite did enough to impress Doc. I hope he does well enough to get a contract with New York. With that signing, along with Mikki Moore to Golden State and Leon Powe to the Cavs, the only player from last year's Celtics' team who isn't signed is Stephon Marbury. Starbury seems very happy in his own little Twitter world these days. I'm not sure if he will come out of it in time to play this season or not.
Semih Erden, the Celtics' second round pick from last season is in the news. Here he is making Pau Gasoft cry in the game between Turkey and Spain in the European championship qualifying round. Turkey won to remain undefeated in tournament play.
Turkey’s big man, Omar Asik, attacked Pau Gasol time and time again in the first half, outscoring him 13-8 and posterising him several times. Asik actually seemed quieter when guarded by Marc Gasol. The Turkish center seemed to give his team-mates the confidence to go at the Los Angeles Lakers star player and the other Spanish big guys who, Marc Gasol notwithstanding looked out of sorts on the day. Turkey’s other center, Semih Erden, manhandled Pau down the stretch.
I love it! Gasoft can't even play in Europe without Celtics manhandling him. Erden seems to be developing nicely. Not sure when his contract with Turkey will be up, but it would be worth giving him a shot with the Celtics when it is.
There have been more and more articles about how Daniels is going to be the back up PG and if they sign a PG like Lester Hudson, Mike Taylor or Ty Lue, it would be as the 3rd PG. My question is, will Daniels be backing up both the PG and the SF positions? Will Bill Walker get a chance to show what he can do? Or, does Danny still have a move or two up his sleeve? 16 days till training camp for these questions to be answered and I can't wait!!
MJ has confirmed my thoughts all along that he is just an egotistical jerk. Russ's 11 rings confirm that he is better than MJ and it was not easier back then. Russ was an innovator and changed the game. Besides, Russ's teammates loved him, MJ's took pay cuts to get away from him.