(Photo) NBA: Kobe Bryant Congratulates Shaq On His Hall Of Fame Induction

The careers of Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant will forever be connected and they both played major roles in each others greatness. Sure they have had their personal issues on occasion over the years but all that is in the past. Kobe took to his Instagram account yesterday to congratulate the big fella on his induction and in about five years I’m sure Shaq will be doing the same to Kobe.

NBA: Allen Iverson, Shaq, Yao Ming, Kevin Johnson & More Officially Nominated For Hall Of Fame

I hope Allen Iverson never changes! While everyone showed up to the Hall of Fame nomination ceremony in suits and ties, AI came through just as you would expect him to. He showed up with gold chains hanging, sunglasses, doo-rag under his Yankees fitted and of course a Reebok shirt. A reminder of why he is still one of the most beloved athletes around! He was in Toronto along with many other NBA greats as they were officially nominated for the 2016 Hall of Fame class.

(Photo) Dolly Parton Celebrates Her 70th Birthday

The legendary Bomb shell, Dolly Parton celebrates her 70th Birthday today and still radiates with good energy and beauty. Known for her big blonde hair and her impeccable voice Dolly, is and will forever be one of the greatest of all time. The Tennessee native was the 4th of 12 siblings, and not only did she become a famous country singer she grew up to have her own Theme Park.

(Photos) NBA: Congrats! Atlanta Hawks Unveil Statue Of Dominique Wilkins

The Hawks unveiled a large statue of franchise legend Dominique Wilkins on Thursday at Philips Arena, and it is well deserved and a long time coming. Julius Irving invited Wilkins on stage and counted down from 10 to the unveiling of the statue. An emotional Wilkins took a moment to gather himself before delivering his remarks to the audience.

NBA: RIP…First Black NBA Player, Earl Lloyd, Passes Away At Age 86

The NBA as we know today, with African-American players pretty much being the majority in the league, gets taken for granted because it has been like this for so long. However it wasn’t always like this young sports fans. The NBA used to be full of nothing but white players, and I mean really white. Earl Lloyd showed courage and made such an incredible long term impact when he played his first NBA game in 1950, becoming the first black player in the history of the league, and at the same time changing the future.

NCAA: Former UNC Coach & Hall Of Famer Dean Smith Passes Away At Age 83

Sad news in the college basketball world this morning as legendary University of North Carolina coach, Dean Smith died this morning at age 83. The school said in a statement Sunday from Smith’s family that the Hall of Fame coach died at his home Saturday night. He was with his wife and five children. Smith is partially responsible for the careers of so many NBA players, and obviously most notably, Michael Jordan.

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