Mitch Richmond’s speech as he entered the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Friday night was not as smooth as Mitch Richmond the player, but really few people are that smooth. Ever.
What mattered is he hit all the right notes, including thanking his family.
Richmond deserved to be here. The six-time NBA All-Star was a player whose game would fit in smoothly in today’s NBA. He could shoot with three-point range, and he could put it on the floor and get to the rim then finish with authority. Basically, the man could flat-out score and finished averaging 21 points a game or more for 10 consecutive seasons. He went on to win an NBA title (2002 Lakers) and an Olympic Gold Medal (1996).
Take a look back at his career.