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JasonJohnHorn
09-28-2012, 11:10 PM
Over the years we have seen the HOF induct European players into the HOF, despite having NBA careers that, while good, were not HOF worthy. Instead, they make it into the HOF based on their international play, and I've always respected that.


But recently we have seen aging NBA players like Stephon Marbury and AI head overseason to finish up their careers. Agent Zero may be next on the list. While AI is an obvious first-ballot HOF player, guys like Marbury and Arenas are clearly NOT HOF players, BUT, they may end up with international resumes that are as impressive as some of the HOF European players have, while also having NBA careers that saw them play at a higher leven than some the the European players who have made it into the HOF.


So my question is this: Should international play be given as much weight as it has in the past, and should American players who go overseas to finish their careers be given the same consideration as European players who have made it to the HOF based largely on their international play?

Hawkeye15
09-29-2012, 12:58 AM
Until it's re-named the "NBA Hall Of Fame", every single basketball league should be considered.

JordansBulls
09-29-2012, 09:19 AM
No one should make the Hall of Fame based off of International Play unless they were a multiple time allstar in the NBA as well.

Vincent33
09-29-2012, 09:39 AM
No one should make the Hall of Fame based off of International Play unless they were a multiple time allstar in the NBA as well.

Why? Like Hawkeye said, its not the NBA Hall of Fame, its the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. That means that anyone who excelled as a player, coach, gm, or was a major contributor to basketball worldwide can be considered for enshrinement.

koreancabbage
09-29-2012, 09:57 AM
Why? Like Hawkeye said, its not the NBA Hall of Fame, its the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. That means that anyone who excelled as a player, coach, gm, or was a major contributor to basketball worldwide can be considered for enshrinement.

exactly. thought the toughest league would be the NBA. doing it internationally is the easy way in.