Another article by our contributor Landon Buford after the announcement of the 2022 NBA Hall of Fame Class
Last week the 2022 Naismith Hall of Fame class was announced with Tim Hardaway Sr. as one of the former players headlining. The former Golden State Warrior, Miami Heat and Dallas Maverick was a five-time NBA All-Star and All-NBA selection, and his legendary “killer crossover” is one of the more iconic moves among NBA greats.
The day after it was announced Dallas Mavericks head coach and NBA legend Jason Kidd talked about watching him growing in the Bay Area.
“Growing up in the Bay I got to see a lot of his games and I got to play against him a lot in high school and college,” Kidd said. “The crossover was like no other, and he was so competitive.”
He also spoke about what it was like as his teammate during their time in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, with Team USA, in which they won the gold medal.
“He wanted to win on a nightly basis,” Kidd said. “He wasn’t afraid of the moment, wasn’t afraid to take the shot.”
Other members of the 2022 Class include former San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, ex-NBA coach George Karl,. former WNBA player Swin Cash, and ex-West Virginia coach Bob Huggins.
Kidd was later asked to share his favorite moment of Ginobili’s career, “He was a Warrior! He competed, sacrificed for the best of the team,” Kidd shared.
“He could have easily started in this league, but came off the bench. It just shows the talent of what it means to be a real teammate on a great team. But his competitiveness. was unreal He was another one that played to win every night and for whatever reason it seemed like he never got tired.”
During his career, Ginobili averaged 13.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game and went on to win the 2007-08 Sixth Man of The Year Award and four NBA Championship with the San Antonio Spurs. Without a doubt the Argentine is one of the best international players in NBA history.
Jason Kidd is also in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2018 in a class that featured Steve Nash, Ray Allen and Grant Hill. He also coaches Tim Hardaway Jr. in Dallas.
This year’s class will be officially inducted in the Hall in September.