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Another one of Oakland’s hometown heroes joins the Hall. Bill Russell was one of the greatest players in NBA history and he was the first All-Star player out of Oakland to join the Hall of Fame. Decades later another elite player, Gary Payton joined that class, and tonight they got one more.
Jason Kidd was officially enshrined in the basketball Hall of Fame Friday night in Springfield, Massachusetts. A journey where he traveled to Springfield in high school, thinking one day he too will be a Hall of Famer. Little did he know that dream would eventually come true
Payton who presented Kidd won’t hesitate to tell anybody just how good Kidd was in high school. Sellout crowds at his high school could not accommodate the fans so, Kidd’s games were moved to a bigger venue. Kidd was a phenom in high school and caught the eye of many due to his eye sight and speed on the court.
But it was his 18-year NBA career that set the tone for the grand finale, a trip to the Hall. A NBA Champion, 10x NBA All-Star, NBA Co-Rookie of the Year and 2x Olympic Gold Medalist are just a few accomplishments for Kidd. The accolades and highlight reels showed a dominant, confident and remarkable point guard. So good that he was often compared to Magic Johnson but a new and improved version.
Kidd thanked every team he played for, coach, executives, teammates, training staff and those who inspired him over the course of his path to the NBA. Grant Hill who also entered the 2018 Hall Of Fame Class described Kidd as a unique player that’s rare to see. A floor general at its finest, Kidd never disappointed when he stepped on the court.
Oakland is now known as a city that produces great athletes. Joined by his fellow NBA family, Payton, Brian Shaw, Greg Foster, and Eric Hughes joined Kidd in Springfield. An inspiration to the game of basketball Kidd blazes a trail for many to follow. Let’s keep our eye on the next rising star from our hometown, Damian Lillard.