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Why is Michael Jordan not in the Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame?

Tom Grady


Michael Jordon drives over Hoggard defenders 11/26/80. StarNews file photo, all rights reserved.

Primarily, the issue is scheduling; matching Michael Jordan’s busy slate with the weekend the Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame holds its ceremony.

“From the very beginning, Michael was the first one we went after,” said Jon Rosborough, the chair of the Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame. “Not being critical, it’s very hard to get in touch with Michael. You can’t get to him personally. I guess you can understand that and I can understand that.

“Finding someone that could get to Michael and adequately explain what it is that we’re trying to do was very hard for us. It took us a couple of years to do that.”

Rosborough said he heard years ago that Jordan did not have a desire to be in any hall of fame.

“It was just until recently that he has allowed himself to do so,” he said, with the Basketball Hall of Fame for example.

As of 2010, Jordan is also a member of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.

Rosborough said Jordan does now know about the GWSHOF, through contacts with his mother and literature sent by the organization.

“Right now, every year we make room for Michael and the invitation is always out there,” Rosborough said. “We’re just waiting for it to fit into his schedule.”

The GWSHOF hold its festivities during the first weekend of May each year and this could conflict with the NBA postseason.

Would the HOF consider adjusting it’s schedule specifically for Jordan’s induction?

“We did (consider it) and we just didn’t think that was right and fair to anyone else,” Rosborough said, noting the long list of other honorees who made it here for their inductions. “And that would really cause us a lot of problems and issues.

“Yeah, we have considered it and we just felt that we did not wish to make any adjustments, in fairness to others and what we’ve done historically.”

For example, facilities are typically book a year in advance.

The Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame is going into the its seventh year. For more information, go to gwshof.com.


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