It was announced this week that Dennis Rodman has been elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame. While Rodman's defensive ability should reserve a spot for him in Springfield, his former teammate Bill Laimbeer certainly should have been inducted first.
The Hall of Fame is reserved for the games best, not the games most notable and Rodman's inclusion is nothing short of a joke when compared to that of bad boy teammate Bill Laimbeer.
Laimbeer is the ONLY 10,000 point, 10,000 rebound guy NOT enshirned in the basketball hall of fame. His numbers far surpass those of Rodman and current hall of famer Willis Reed. Laimbeer posted 10,400 rebounds and 13,000 points in sixteen NBA seasons, including 2 NBA titles and four all-star appearances while Reed scored 12,182 points and pulled down 8414 rebounds in 10 seasons with the Knicks.
The fact is, Laimbeer deserves to be in the Hall of Fame ahead of Reed and Rodman and it hasn't happened? Why? I suspect Laimbeer is not in the hall because he was a BWS, a "big white stiff." Laimbeer is seen in a negative manner by NBA "elite" because he was a lunch pail guy who did his job without being flashy on a team of "thugs."
If you stood and applauded Rodman's inclusion into the basketball Hall of Fame, get beind Laimbeer....he was a great NBA player who deserves to be enshrined.