Sorry, but the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield,
Mass., can't be the highest honor for Michael Jordan, not when his
image will rest in a room for eternity with mere mortals.
Unless they rename the sport after him, there's really
nothing meaningful enough, and so you'll forgive me for lacking
interest in this induction exercise, a yawn, the equivalent of Babe
Ruth or Wayne Gretzky getting a call to the Hall.
Jordan was the NBA, and he remains the standard, and anything short of Jordan fails to move emotion.
The Hall of Fame is for "ordinary" legends, the
superstars of superstars, the Magics and Oscars, the Kareems and Wilts,
the Docs and Icemen.
Michael Jordan stood so far above them all, if you'll
forgive such sacrilege, that it's just not tribute enough for The
Greatest Who Ever Lived.
I've been accused for not loving Jordan enough. In some ways it's true. Jordan no longer moves me much. I just can't relive memories a decade ago and feel the same emotional stir that I would have back in the day.
However, that's separate from my view of his greatness. Rozner sums it up well in the quoted paragraph. There's the all time greats, and then there is Michael Jordan. The gap between him and the second best player is so huge it's unfathomable.
There's a larger gap between Jordan and whomever you feel is the second best player in the history of the league than the 2nd and 20th best player. Maybe than between the 2nd and 30th best.
That may be why the HOF news is so uninteresting to me, why I can't bring myself to read all the stories. It's simply so obvious that he belongs that it doesn't require any reflection. If a Hall of Jordan was created the day Jordan retired, it might have gotten more visitors than the actual Hall of Fame over the past 10 years.
He simply transcends the sport, to not just be the best ever at basketball, but his skill in his specialty rivals that of any person's skill in their specialty anywhere. He's a champion of champions.
Make no mistake, I fully believe in his greatness as a player, but you can only reminisce for so long.