Entries in Hall of Fame (9)


Shaq "Sometimes" Regrets Leaving Magic

ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- Shaquille O'Neal was inducted into the Orlando Magic's Hall of Fame Friday.

O'Neal was selected with the first pick of the 1992 NBA Draft by the Magic and played his first four seasons in Orlando. During that time, he led the Magic to a berth in the 1995 NBA Finals.

Shaq ultimately decided to leave Orlando for the bright lights of Los Angeles. While he won three titles with the Lakers, he still wonders if he should have ever left the home of Mickey Mouse.

"Do I regret it? I never fully answer it," O'Neal said of leaving Orlando. "I regret it sometimes. Is this where I started and should have stayed? I actually wish they made it a law that whoever drafts you, you gotta stay there your whole career."

O'Neal also believes that 1995 Finals team, which also featured Penny Hardaway and Nick Anderson, could have returned to the NBA's biggest stage.

"That's why I kind of regret it, because we had a young, fabulous team," O'Neal said. "We really did. And it's a shame that we got torn apart. But I think about that all the time. I try not to live my life now on 'ifs' or 'would've, should've,' but do I regret leaving here in '96, yes I do."

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Hall of Famer Jerry Tarkanian Dies

Ken Levine /Allsport(LAS VEGAS) -- Hall of Fame coach Jerry Tarkanian died on Wednesday.  He was 84.

Tarkanian was fighting a respiratory ailment and infection after being hospitalized Monday, but couldn't overcome it.

"Coach Tark, my father, the greatest man I have ever known, passed today, to take his place in heaven. I will miss him every day of my life," his son, Danny, tweeted.

During his 19 seasons at UNLV, "Tark the Shark" as he was known won a NCAA national title in 1990 and led the 91' team to the Final Four when they lost to Duke. 

Tarkanian finished with a record of 729-201 and led the Fresno State Bulldogs to the NCAA tournament twice during his time there.

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Charles Haley: Brady's Super Bowls Are Tainted

NFL Shield (NFL)(NEW YORK) -- New member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Charles Haley said after the New England Patriots were accused of possibly using deflated footballs in games, he can't put his faith in quarterback Tom Brady.

When asked who would he take at quarterback, between Joe Montana and Tom Brady, without hesitation Haley responded saying, "Montana."  

"Joe didn't have to cheat," Haley told Talk of Fame Network Thursday. "I've lost all respect [for Brady].  When your integrity is challenged in the game of football, to me, all his Super Bowls are tainted."

Charles Haley is the only five-time Super Bowl Champion in NFL history, winning three with the Dallas Cowboys and two with the San Francisco 49ers.  

The NFL is still conducting its investigation into the "deflate-gate" controversy, league commissioner Roger Goodell said on Friday.

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Lisa Leslie to be Inducted into Women's Hall of Fame

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(PHOENIX) -- WNBA All-Star Lisa Leslie will headline a class of six inductees into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. The announcement came Saturday during the WNBA All-Star Game.

Leslie will join former Houston Comet Janeth Arcain, University of Georgia standout Jannet Harris, former Oklahoma State coach Kurt Budke, former Duke and University of Texas head coach Gail Goestenkors and Oregon City High School coach Brad Smith. The 17th Hall of Fame class will be inducted on June 13, 2015 in Knoxville, Tennessee.

A four-time Olympic Gold medal winner, Leslie won two WNBA titles with the Los Angeles Sparks prior to retiring in 2009. Arcain won four WNBA titles with the Houston Comets and was an icon on the Brazilian national team. A three-time Kodak All-American, Harris became the first NCAA women's basketball player to record 2,500 points and 1,250 rebounds.

Budke will be inducted posthumously after passing away in a plane crash, along with assistant coach Miranda Serna, in 2011. After becoming an icon on the junior college level, Budke helped build Oklahoma State into a powerhouse team in the Big 12 conference.

Goestenkors won at least 30 games in seven consecutive seasons while with the Blue Devils, appearing in four Final Fours. Smith retired in 2006 with a career record of 629-87 in 27 seasons. He was given the Morgan Wooten Award for lifetime achievement for coaching high school basketball by the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2012.

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De La Hoya Inducted into Boxing Hall of Fame

Al Bello/Getty Images(CANASTOTA, N.Y.) -- Oscar De La Hoya was one of twelve members inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame on Sunday, outside of Syracuse, N.Y.

De La Hoya won 10 world titles, in six different weight classes, while also becoming an Olympic Champion in the 1992 Summer Games.

Also inducted were two former boxers, Felix "Tito" Trinidad and Joe Calzaghe, along with George Chaney, Charles Ledoux, Mike O'Dowd, Tom Allen, promoter Barry Hearn, referees Richard Steele and Eugene Corri, journalist Graham Houston, and Sports Illustrated photographer Neil Leifer.

De La Hoya posted an amateur record of 223-5 with 153 knockouts before turning pro in 1992, following his Olympic gold in the lightweight division. The "Golden Boy" went 39-6 as a professional with 30 knockouts in his career. He won his first championship belt, the WBO super-featherweight, in just his 12th bout before winning titles in the lightweight, light welterweight, welterweight, light middleweight and middleweight division.

"Today marks an incredible personal achievement," said De La Hoya. "But it is only the latest milestone that never would have been possible without my family, my friends and, most of all, my fans." 

He established Golden Boy Promotions in 2002 before retiring in 2008 after a loss to Manny Pacquiao.

The 25th Hall of Fame class was selected by members of the Boxers Writing Association as well as a panel of international boxing historians.

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ESPN: Brendan Shanahan to Become Leafs Team President

Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NHL director of player safety Brendan Shanahan will become the Toronto Maple Leafs' president, according to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun.

LeBrun reports that the team could make an official announcement as early as Friday.

Shanahan has been in charge of department of players safety since 2011.

The 45-year-old Shanahan, who is a Hall of Fame member, played 21 NHL seasons split between the Rangers, Red Wings, Devils, Blues and the old Hartford Whalers. During that time Shanahan was a member of three Stanley Cup championship teams.

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Joe Morgan Honored with Statue

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(CINCINNATI, OH.) -- Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan was honored before Saturday's Reds game against the Dodgers with a statue outside Great American Ballpark.

Morgan was a part of the Big Red Machine teams from the 1970's and was joined by the famed starting eight on the field prior to the game.

Morgan spent seven years with Houston before coming to the Reds and winning two World Series titles (1975, 1976).

"When I got here in 1972, I didn't know what to expect, I didn't realize that I was going to be a part of something that was great," Morgan said.  "You have to remember I played in Houston for seven years and our biggest accomplishment was staying out of last place, beating the New York Mets."

Morgan thanked the Reds faithful for always treating him with respect and welcoming him back whenever he'd broadcast a game.

"Anytime you pass my sculpture, I would hope that you would not only think of Joe Morgan, but you'll think of all the great players who helped to make that statue possible," the 10-time All-Star said.  "Long live the Big Red Machine."

Morgan threw out the first pitch to Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench, who was one of the former eight in attendance.

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Sakic, Oates, Sundin, and Bure Elected to Hockey Hall of Fame

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(TORONTO) -- Pavel Bure, Adam Oates, Joe Sakic and Mats Sundin were all named to the Hockey Hall of Fame Tuesday.

Sakic enjoyed a stellar 20-year career with the Quebec Nordiques and Colorado Avalanche. He was also a team captain for his team for 16 years. He scored 50 goals twice and had six 100-point seasons. He won Stanley Cup championships in 1996 and 2001. In total he scored 625 goals and 1,016 assists.

At his best, Oates was arguably the best pure passer in the NHL. He had four-100 point seasons, tallied 341 goals and 1,079 assists (sixth all-time) in 19 seasons in the NHL. He played for the Red Wings, Bruins, Capitals, Flyers, Ducks, and Oilers.

Meanwhile, Bure was considered one of the more dominant goal scorers of his era. He began his career with the Vancouver Canucks during the 1991-1992 season and won the Calder Trophy as the League's rookie of the year. He scored 60-plus goals in back-to-back seasons and had five seasons where he scored 50-plus goals. With the Canucks, Panthers, and Rangers Bure 437 goals and 342 assists.

Sudin actually began his career in Quebec as a teammate of Sakic.and was also elected in his first year of eligibility. The longtime captain for the Toronto Blue Jays, Sundin finished his 18-year career with 564 goals and 785 points with the Maple Leafs, Nordiques, and Canucks.

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Don Nelson Makes the Basketball Hall of Fame

National Basketball Association(NEW YORK) -- After 31 seasons as an NBA head coach, Don Nelson is getting the recognition many feel he deserves.

According to Nelson, he received a phone call Wednesday morning informing him that he would finally make The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. An official announcement of all the inductees will take place on Monday at the NCAA Final Four in New Orleans.

Nelson began his head coaching career during the 1977 season with the Milwaukee Bucks. He went onto coach the Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks, and Dallas Mavericks as well over the course of his career. In all, Nelson coached 2,398 games and won an NBA coaching record 1,335 game, giving him a .557 career winning percentage.

It's a great honor to cap my career," said Nelson. "I've had a great time and a great life coaching basketball. I don't actually need to be rewarded for anything, but I am very proud and my family is very proud of this award."

In order to be voted into the Hall of Fame, a finalist needs 18 of 24 votes from the Honors Committee.

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