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NAISMITH HALL OF FAME AGAIN FORGETS NICK GALIS PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 14 August 2010 17:00

 GALIS 45 PT RUSSIA VID       GALIS 50 PT VID    AGE 37- 30 PT VID   GALIS 53 PT VIDEO
2010 CLASS IS A GREAT ONE, BUT NICK GALIS DESERVES HIS DAY IN THE SPOTLIGHT
 GALIS 40 PT 1987 FINAL VIDEO     GALIS MIX VID   GALIS MIX VID     GALIS ITALY VID
The Naismith Hall of Fame had their induction ceremonies on Friday night, which included Dream Team members Karl Malone and Scottie Pippen and also had high school legendary coach Bob Hurley, Lakers owner Jerry Buss, WNBA star Cynthia Cooper, former Celtics guard Dennis Johnson, power player Gus Johnson and international Brazilian star Maciel Pereira.    All 8 are legitimate inductees, but once again the greatest scorer in European basketball  (NICK GALIS), was not involved in the Naismith Hall of fame ceremonies.     Nick Galis played at Seton Hall University and in his senior year he averaged 27.5 points per game and his coach Bill Raftery called him the greatest player he ever coached. He was not the biggest guy at 6' 1", but somehow he fell to the 68th pick in the 1979 NBA draft, to the Boston Celtics.  Galis injured his ankle in his pre-season camp with the Celtics and his spot was taken by Gerald Henderson.    After that Nick Galis moved on to Greece, in the A1 league where he averaged 33.5 points per game in 384 games.    He also was the star player on the Greek national team and averaged 30.5 points per game in 168 games for Greece.    NBA teams tried to bring Galis back to the USA, but he wanted to play with his national team.   He scored 50 points against North Carolina and Michael Jordan in a 1983 game with the Greek national team.    He was a killer in Athens, in the 1987 European championships, where he led an underdog Greek team to the Gold medal, averaging 37.0 points per game for the tournament and scored 40 points in the title game against Russia.    In the 1989 European championships, Galis scored 45 points against a Russian team led by Arvydas Sabonis, in a 81-80 win. Yugoslavia and their great depth would eventually win the Gold medal, but Nick Galis averaged 35.6 points per game in the tournament.    I have gone to NBA games and have talked to people who have played against Galis, and a former NBA GM described him as amazing to me.   Another NBA coach asked if he is he American or is he Greek, as to why he might not be in the Naismith Hall of Fame.         The numbers do not lie, and people were amazed by what Allen Iverson did at his size in the age of ESPN Sportscenter, but before all the media outlets, Nick Galis was tearing up Europe as a combination of Allen Iverson and Isiah Thomas.       The greatest little man in European Basketball history needs to be given his day of glory in the Naismith Hall of Fame, just as he was given as a 1st ballot inductee in the FIBA Hall of fame.

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