Watch Maurice Cheeks’ Hall of Fame induction speech

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Maurice Cheeks is officially in the Hall of Fame.

Too often fans and media just give lip service to elite defense, it’s good to see defense get rewarded at the Hall of Fame. For much of his 15-year career Cheeks was known as a lock-down defender who made the NBA All-Defensive Team five times,. He also was an NBA champion (the 1983 ¬†Philadelphia 76ers) and a four-time NBA All-Star, and a five-time All-Defense player. Cheeks is still involved in the game and is currently an assistant coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Above you can see Cheek’s speech as he officially becomes a member of the Hall on Friday night, below check out the career retrospective on why he deserved this honor.