From Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports:
Michael Jordan had his pick. Dean Smith. Phil Jackson. Maybe even his good friend Charles Barkley.
Each would have been an understandable choice to present Jordan during his induction Friday into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Smith was Jordan’s legendary coach at North Carolina. Jackson helped guide Jordan to six NBA titles with the Chicago Bulls. Barkley shared the role of rival and running buddy.
Jordan passed on all of them. Instead, he chose someone who had never coached him or played with or against him.
He chose David Thompson. The former NBA high-flyer who had starred at North Carolina … State.
The Basketball Hall of Fame ceremony is Friday at 6:30, and it will be televised by ESPN and NBAtv. The other inductees in this year’s class are John Stockton, David Robinson and Jerry Sloan. | NBA.com