Ben Wallace, Chris Webber named finalists for Basketball Hall of Fame
Ex-Detroit Pistons forward Ben Wallace and former Michigan star Chris Webber are up for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame once again. Wallace, a three-time Hall of Fame finalist, helped lead the Pistons to the NBA title in 2004 and was a four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year and four-time All-Star. He helped Michigan reach the Final Four in 1992 and 1993 as a member of the Fab Five before being selected No. The five-time NBA All-Star played one season with the Pistons in 2006-07 before retiring in 2008 with Golden State. The other finalists are Bill Russell (coach), Rick Adleman (coach), Marianne Stanley (coach), Leta Andrews (coach), Michael Cooper, Yolanda Griffith, Lauren Jackson, and Marques Johnson.mlive.com
James, Herro see popularity rise in the NBA playoffs
(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – LeBron James’ popularity, even in his 17th season, cannot be argued. Herro, according to the NBA, saw the biggest increase in followers added — 41% — among all players during the conference finals. Herro became the first player born in the 2000s to play in the NBA Finals when he checked in during the first quarter of Game 1. FAMOUS FANSFormer President Barack Obama was among those in the “virtual” crowd of fans for Game 1 of the NBA Finals. A slew of players with NBA championships also were on the big screens, including Shaquille O’Neal and Dwyane Wade.
The Finals are set: LeBron, Lakers will meet Butler, Heat
Get ready for the NBA Finals — a title series like none other, to end a season like none other. The Heat won the Eastern Conference title Sunday night, finishing off Boston a day after the Lakers won the Western Conference crown. So, for the first time — well, excluding the league’s inaugural season — two franchises that missed the playoffs the previous season will meet in the NBA Finals. “We know why I came here,” said Lakers All-Star forward Anthony Davis, whose first finals trip comes in his first L.A. season. The last Lakers’ championship was in 2010, when Bryant got his fifth and last title.