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Always such an honor to announce the @HoopHall nominees on #TheJump, and even more so when the list includes one of our own. Congratulations @PaulPierce34 on being a Class of 2021 Finalist – loved being able to surprise you with this: pic.twitter.com/TqXrbSC2UO
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) March 9, 2021
As Richard Jefferson said in the video above, this is just a formality. Everyone knows the Truth is a lock for the Hall of Fame. Final decisions on the class of 2021 will be announced in May.
Jayson Tatum offered some congratulations, with a side dish of snark:
Truth say some questionable 💩 sometimes but he was for sure cold lol HOF! https://t.co/PWK7UzCDxv
— Jayson Tatum (@jaytatum0) March 10, 2021
The legendary Bill Russell was also nominated… for his contributions as a coach. Russ became the league’s first black coach in 1966 and won two titles as a player/coach in 1968 and 1969. Why it took 45+ years for the HOF to honor this man for his coaching accomplishments is beyond me. Perhaps there is a socio-political component at play…
Russ never fully embraced his induction as a player. Despite being honored in 1975, he didn’t accept his ring until 2019 claiming he didn’t deserve to be the first black player inducted.
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