Who better to welcome you into pro basketball immortality than your best bud?
This week on SiriusXM NBA Radio, Mitch Richmond stopped by to talk with Justin Termine about his upcoming induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame. When Termine asked Richmond which current Hall of Famer will induct him, Richmond didn’t hesitate.
“No doubt in my mind, one of those guys is one of my best friends. And since the day we met each other, we’ve been inseparable,” Richmond said. “That’d be Chris Mullin. He’s one of my best friends, and my best friend for life.”
Richmond also spoke with Termine about the joy of gaining entrance into the Hall.
“I was hoping that I got that call this year, and it came out, and I am so ecstatic and so happy,” Richmond said. “I’m still in the moment, so everyday it’s been getting better. I haven’t been getting any sleep since last week. I’m just waking up, kind of looking back at my career [and it] is just flashing before me every night. And I end up waking up at 3 or 4 in the morning, just amazed that this day has come.”
Termine asked Richmond what he thinks of fellow former Golden State Warrior Tim Hardaway‘s chances at induction into the Hall of Fame.
“Tim, we had some great years together,” Richmond said. “He’s a great friend of mine. I had a talk with him, probably two or three days ago, and I told him, ‘Hey, you know you’re a Hall of Famer. It’s gonna happen, just continue to stay positive and do the right things that you need to do. And there is no doubt in my mind that you will be here one day.'”
Alonzo Mourning, another member of this year’s class and a first-ballot inductee, also stopped by SiriusXM NBA Radio and talked about the “honor” of earning a spot in the Hall.
I understand the perceived value of being a first-ballot Hall of Famer. I’m honored and privileged to accept that. But if the Hall would’ve waited two or three times, so be it. … When you think about the players that have come through this league, it’s not too many that have accomplished the things that I’ve accomplished considering some of the physical obstacles that I had to face.
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