Blog: Meyers Drysdale at Hall of Fame
Posted: Aug. 16, 2011
Last weekend started out great with a Mercury win on Thursday night against Atlanta. After the game, my son DJ and I took a red-eye out to Springfield, Mass. for the Basketball Hall-of-Fame induction. Teresa Edwards had asked Charles Barkley and me to be her presenters at Saturday night’s induction.
I have known “T” since she was 18 playing for Andy Landers at Georgia. T was the youngest player to make the 1984 Olympic Team that won gold and she is the ONLY person to have competed in 5 Olympics. Pretty amazing! And now she is back in the WNBA coaching the Tulsa Shock.
Teresa was inducted with nine other talented and deserving inductees. Two 7-footers in Artis Gilmore and Arvydas Sobonis; Coaches Tara VanDerveer, Herb Megee, Tex Winters; Boston Celtic defensive specialist Tom “Satch” Sander, Goose Tatum from the Globetrotters, two-time Olympian Chris Mullin, and rebounder and defensive specialist Dennis Rodman.
I believe this is the largest class to go in since mine in 1993 with Dr. J, Bill Walton, Calvin Murphy, Dan Issel, Walt Belamy—to name a few.
The speeches were wonderful as usual. Dennis probably gave the most raw and emotional speech. Arvydas Sobonis gave the shortest and most thankful speech and Tara VanDerveer had a great story of her parents meeting at Springfield College.
It was great to go back and visit with friends I’ve met throughout my career and have admired for what they have accomplished in the game. The two oldest former players that came back this year were Marques Haynes (the great dribbling guard from the Globetrotter’s) and Dolph Shayes. My son DJ and I couldn’t get enough pictures this time around, because I never know when I’ll get back to the Hall-of-Fame again.
There we a lot of great players back in Springfield and I think we have a number of players on the Mercury that will make it back there themselves one day. But I’m getting ahead of myself—those players are STILL playing and we’re looking to get into the playoffs again to bring home a Championship! Go Mercury! Go X-Factor!