Basketball Hall of Fame: NBA stars react to induction ceremony

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While Allen had plenty to say during his speech, it was one line that stood out a bit from the rest and hit home for basketball players and fans everywhere.

Canada's Nash, an eight-time NBA All-Star, ranks third in all-time NBA assists and has the highest career free-throw accuracy percentage, 90.4 percent, in league history over 19 NBA seasons.

Getty NBA legend Ray Allen during Hall of Fame speech.

Radja, a champion in three different European leagues and two-time Olympic silver medallist, said he cried for 10 days when he learned he would be inducted in the Hall and choked up as he began his speech. I always want to make sure they don't forget that there is a post, there is a mid-range game.

Scott, who was selected by the veterans committee, was the first African-American scholarship athlete at North Carolina, where he helped the Tar Heels to back-to-back Final Four appearances.

Cheeks is now an assistant coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder. The team made the National Basketball Association finals the next two years and won it all in 1979.

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Thompson won four WNBA titles with Houston while Smith took two crowns with Detroit. When he retired as a player, he was fifth in league history in both assists and steals. But he made seven All-Star teams to go with a pair of NCAA championships at Duke and an Olympic gold medal. He coached Julius Erving to an ABA title in 1974 and was general manager of the Chicago Bulls when they selected Michael Jordan in '84.

The Golden State Warriors President and COO, who started in the National Basketball Association as a Seattle SuperSonics ballboy, read a letter that he wrote to his 10-year-old self, telling the boy he will have his dream job by 24.

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Washington won 11 straight Women's Colored Basketball Championships with the Germantown Hornets and Pittsburgh Tribunes; her teams only lost six games total over 18 years, all to men's teams.

"I would come out on the floor thinking I was early and he was already out there and Reggie had a Superman shirt on", Allen said.

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