Haywood: No Hall of Fame, But Many Blessings

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SpencerI found out on Wednesday that I didn’t make it into the Hall of Fame, so I won’t be going to Dallas for the Final Four.

And I am saddened that I’m not going to be there in person to watch the games with the Hall of Fame and marched out at halftime.

You know, I’ve been down this road before. But I was really assured in my heart and soul that it wasn’t going to repeat. I was on my way. I was thinking positively. My whole world is a world of positive thinking. So when I got the call, I just had to go lay down for a little bit. And my wife and kids were devastated again. They were all packed up and ready to roll to Dallas.

But it was always in the back of my mind, what if it didn’t happen … again?

Sometimes people can break under these circumstances, but I’ve learned that the most important thing is staying healthy. And in time, on God’s time, it will come. And I’ve decided that it is what it is.

This is my first time really discussing this, but I had prostate cancer last year. Cancer. Wow. Now that will make you realize the importance of life, family, friends, goals.

Bernucca: Who Is On Your Team’s Mount Rushmore?


rushmoreThis past week, NBA TV released excerpts of an extended interview with LeBron James (airing in its entirety Monday night) in which Steve Smith asked “The King” to name his Mount Rushmore of basketball.

James offered a quartet of Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson. But it’s really an unfair question, because in addition to those four players, there are at least three more – centers Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Russell – who are in the “best ever” conversation. And that group doesn’t include active players who eventually will join the conversation as well, like Kobe Bryant and James himself.

A better exercise might be establishing a Mount Rushmore for each team.

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Bernucca: Growing Up With The Doctor Was Unforgettable


200px-Erving_LipofskyNBA TV’s airing of “The Doctor” on Monday night had to be a treat for many young basketball fans who never had the privilege of seeing Julius Erving play,

I am not one of those young fans. In fact, here is how old I am. I saw Doc play.

In the ABA.

With the Virginia Squires.

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Five Fast Facts From NBA Games 3.25.13

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John WallWhile there were six games on the NBA schedule Monday night, all the headlines came from just three.

John Wall had two words to say — max contract — while the Miami Heat looked to extend their historic winning streak to 27 games against the Orlando Magic and the Denver Nuggets (quietly flying under the radar) tried to break their 15-game winning streak — tied for the most in franchise history — against the New Orleans Hornets. 

Bernucca: Why the Lakers have to trade Dwight Howard


Dwight Howard is the best center in the NBA. Yes, still.

He also is (a) incapable of making an elbow jumper, (b) unreliable at the free-throw line, (c) susceptible to long-term injury, (d) hypersensitive to criticism from teammates and coaches, (e) more interested in becoming the next Bill Murray rather than the next Bill Russell and (f) wondering why no one has handed him the icon status he desperately craves.

But the worst thing Howard is – and unlike the items above, this is a temporary condition – is a square peg in a round hole.

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