In the afterglow of the Enshrinement Ceremony of the Basketball Hall Of Fame.
Not the first one I’ve been to. Hopefully not the last. There’s always something new to see…
Heath LaBox, my “date” for the evening, since Diane was doing her genius marketing trainer thing in Texas.
The current and past inductees. That’s Calvin Murphy in “the jacket.” He’ll be making another appearance in this post.
I took a photo with Artis Gilmore once before, maybe last year. He is the single largest human being I’ve ever been in the presence of. I’m 5’10”. Do the math.
Unless you were family or a serious V.I.P. you weren’t getting past the security checkpoint to hang out with Shaquille O’Neal. He was the most famous of the inductees, who also included Yao Ming, Alan Iverson and Sheryl Swoopes. (Sidenote: Sheryl Swoopes was back on the court six weeks after giving birth. Now that’s tough!)
Artis Gilmore is the largest man I’ve ever been in the same room with. But Yao Ming was the tallest. He was camera shy, not really coming out to mix and mingle with the crowd. Whatever answer he gave to this question, I’m sure it was thoughtful.
This looked like a really good “bromance” to start. Shaq and Calvin Murphy messing around. After all it’s a really close knit circle of circle of people who are in the Hall Of Fame. Greatness appreciates greatness. And whatever else those guys have in common…there is greatness.
Then I saw how eager Calvin was to meet the people. It explains “the jacket.” He was loving the play, the attention, the fun of it all. I don’t know what he does on days when he’s not doing Hall Of Fame stuff. But he sure has fun when he’s on!
And then of course, what would a Hall Of Fame affair be without Hall Of Fame desserts?
What brushes with greatnesses have you had? How did they affect you?
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