Jordan’s and Robinson’s NBA Hall of Fame Speeches

Voddie Baucham writes an analysis of Jordan’s and Robinson’s induction speeches.  Here’s a sampling:

Jordan’s Speech was self-centered, indulgent, arrogant, and at times embarrassing.  In contrast, David Robinson rose to the occasion and made a brief, inspiring, encouraging speech (see his speech here) that made his family, his team, and his friends proud.

…Modern American sports serve as an incubator for the self-centeredness that resides in each of us.  The better one performs, the harder it is to avoid “the big-head.”  I cannot imagine how difficult it would be do handle Michael Jordan’s level of success.  What else could he be?  Where would he acquire humility, class, and selflessness?  Ironically, many argue that these are the very character traits team sports build in young people.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Nevertheless, these traits were definitely present in David Robinson.  But where did they come from?  Did the Spurs do a better job at fostering this character than the Bulls?  I doubt it.  Did the Naval Academy do a better job at fostering it than the University of North Carolina?  Perhaps.  However, I believe the key is in the speech.  The “seed of faith” planted by his mom and dad; the ‘preaching’ by teammates like Avery Johnson, and the Christ to whom Robinson referred in his closing remarks all came together to shape the man who made that speech.

One reply on “Jordan’s and Robinson’s NBA Hall of Fame Speeches”

Just like the differences in Cal Ripken Jr’s and Tony Gwynn’s speeches a couple years ago at the MLB HOF. Ripken was humble, spoke of his family and dad as the biggest baseball motivators in his life, and how teaching baseball to kids is now his life and what he loves to do. Gwynn, on the other hand, just talked about his accomplishments the whole time. You could definitely tell the difference between the two players. Not sure if there was any “faith” involved with Ripken’s, but it goes to show that the reasons athletes play the game and their motivations can be very different.

Jordan was a guy that seemed to want the spotlight and championships and money. Wanted to be the best ever, and nothing less. Robinson played hard, got his NBA trophy, and was humble.

Too bad the humble guys never get talked about when they are playing the game.


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