2017 Hall of Fame: Euroleague legend, cast of NCAA standouts get their due

He is Nick Galis to some and to millions of others. He’s either an American who became a basketball sensation in Europe or a Greek superstar who happened to be from America. He’s a Jersey kid and Celtics draft pick entering the thanks to  jerseys wholesale and the International committee.

2017 Hall of Fame: Euroleague legend, cast of NCAA standouts get their due

Clarity is needed as he prepares for the Sept. 8 induction in Springfield, Mass., as a member of the Class of 2017. There is no doubt about the rest, though, about being one of the greatest players in FIBA history, the starring role as Greece won the European title in 1987 or how he had such an impact on sports in his adopted homeland that the interior of the nba authentic jerseys arena in Thessaloniki was re-named Nikos Galis Hall.

Nick Galis is from Union City, N.J., and Seton Hall. He averaged 27.5 points as a senior in 1978-79, third in the nation behind Lawrence Butler of Idaho State and an Indiana State player named Larry Bird. The Celtics drafted Galis in the fourth round, 68th overall, in 1979, but sprained an ankle in training camp, missed time, and was cut before the start of the season. The child of Greek immigrants decided to try Europe.

Nikos Galis would play for two teams in Greece, Aris Thessaloniki and Panathinaikos, from 1979 to 1994. Eight Greek League championships, five MVPs there and several prestigious individual accolades would follow, with eight seasons as the leading scorer in Euroleague. The shooting guard was named one of the top 50 players in the history of FIBA, basketball’s international governing body, in a 1991 survey and one of the 50 greatest EuroLeague contributors in 2008.


Most of the players in that Draft class got paid already. Len, however, is still stuck on the market as a restricted free agent and hadn’t signed his qualifying offer with Phoenix. Unless someone comes in at the 11th hour and signs him to an offer sheet, which is highly unlikely, Len will be in limbo as the Suns approach training camp and the Oct. 1 deadline to sign qualifying offers. It’s just not a good look for a lottery pick whose value is slipping. And, what does it say about the Suns’ faith in his nba jersey from china?

Also, it didn’t help Phoenix that Brandon Knight suffered a torn last month that’s should keep him out all season. Knight was considered trade bait prior to the injury, but that idea is now kaput.

Phoenix was reportedly presented with a chance to make a big move this summer. Kyrie Irving’s expressed desire to leave the Cavaliers made him attractive to the Suns, one of the few teams who could offer a package of young players and assets to entice Cleveland.

Sending point guard to Cleveland to replace Irving would be a no-brainer and wouldn’t be an issue for Phoenix, even with Knight’s injury. But the deal-breaker is Cleveland also wants Jackson and the Suns don’t appear to be budging on that.

It does raise an interesting question: Is Phoenix putting too much stock into an unproven rookie over the chance to pair Irving with Booker and form one of the league’s nba replica throwback jerseys and dynamic backcourts? Players like Jackson will come along again, and Phoenix will likely be in the lottery next year. Irving, though, is an amazing scorer and ball-handler who’s quite rare. Yes, there’s the chance he refuses to re-sign with Phoenix when his contract expires in two years, and that would set the franchise back, and that frightens Phoenix.

For now, the development continues along with, unfortunately, the pains associated with growing.

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