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MAY 3 - Toni Kukoc not in Naismith Hall of Fame is a Joke - An International PLAYER needs to Go in Every Year PDF Print E-mail
Written by EJ   
Monday, 04 May 2020 00:34

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The Naismith Hall of Fame adds one international member to the hall of fame every year, but

needs to change the rule so GREAT players like Toni Kukoc can go in and in the past EJBB

wrote about Nikos Galis not being inducted, as Lidiya Alexeeva was inducted in 2012, while

FIBA Eurobasket all time scorer at the time Nikos Galis still was not in.


The same happened to Toni Kukoc in 2020 as Patrick Baumann was the international pick,

with all due respect to Patrick Baumann, who died of a heart attack RIP working for FIBA, Baumann and Alexeeva did not have the international impact on the FIBA game the way that Nick Galis

and Toni Kukoc did as dominant players. If the International voters want to add a second pick

every year then they should but a dominant FIBA male player must be inducted every year.

Great players like Peja Stojackovic, Dejan Bodiroa, Vassilis Spanoulis and Dimitris Diamantidis

will never be inducted into the Naismith hall of fame if just one selection is allowed and coaches

are put in ahead of great male FIBA players.


Toni Kukoc still waiting & getting the 2020 snub is a JOKE he was a Euroleague champion

with Jugoplastika THREE times and three time NBA champion with the Chicago Bulls.

Kukoc was a three time Euroleague Final Four MVP and won NBA sixth man of year award.

Toni Kukoc was on great Yugosavian teams with Vlade Divac, Dino Radja and Drazen Petrovic

and blended his unique point forward talents early on beating team USA in 1990 to win the

FIBA World championship Gold and 1989 and 1991 Eurobasket gold medals, so just blending

in with the Chicago Bulls with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen was not something new for

Kukoc, but if Kukoc went to another NBA team, NBA fans would have seen a combo of Dejan

Bodiroga and Luka Doncic with his ability to shake big defenders off the dribble from the top

of the key and set up teammates with slick look away passes and Kukoc would easily be

a 20 PPG scorer as Manu Ginoblil would have on another NBA team.


It is time to change this SILLY one INVITE rule to GREAT international players that wait year

after year as Nick Galis did and Toni Kukoc does today and numerous players will wait with

the ONE person limit on international picks and if coaches go in first then NBA fans will never

see FIBA and Euroleague greats like Bodiroga, Spanoulis, Dimantidis, Papaloukas and Juan

Carlos Navarro ever get in to the Naismith Hall of fame because international NBA guys

will also be up to be picked.

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