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Jordan leaps into game's Hall of Fame

Michael Jordan, considered by many the greatest basketball player of all time, was finally inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Michael Jordan, considered by many the greatest basketball player of all time, was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday. Jordan was joined by the former San Antonio Spurs centre David Robinson, ex-Utah Jazz guard John Stockton, long-time Jazz coach Jerry Sloan and Rutgers University women's coach Vivian Stringer in the new class. Just as he was during his playing days, Jordan was again the centre of attention but was quick to pay tribute to his fellow inductees.

"Contrary to what you guys believe, it's not just me going into the Hall of Fame," said Jordan, who led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA championships before finishing his career with the Washington Wizards. "It's a group of us and I'm proud to be a part of them." Stockton and Sloan, respectively, played for and coached the Jazz team that Jordan's Bulls beat in the 1997 and 1998 finals. Jordan's game-winning shot against Utah to win that last championship was a highlight of a shining career.

About his favourite achievement, Jordan said: "It's so hard. It's like asking 'which one of your kids is your best kid?' "I've had so many great accomplishments, so many spectacular plays, big plays, game-winning shots. It's hard for me to pick out one." Jordan warned against judging contemporary and future players against him. "People say that I was the greatest who ever played the game, I cringe a little bit. I never played against Jerry West, I never played against Elgin Baylor, I never played against Wilt Chamberlain," Jordan said.

"Yeah, I would have loved to but to say that I'm better than those people is not for me to decide. Don't be in a rush to try to find the next Michael Jordan - there's not going to be another Michael Jordan." * Reuters