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C'mon, But What About Rodney McCray? Or Fat Lever? Or Alex English?

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At first glance, it's cool that a former Dallas Maverick is up for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. What's that I say? Don't tell me you forgot that Adrian Dantley played a whopping 76 games here after the trading of Mark Aguirre in 1989. Well, he did.

But even if he's selected among a group of 15 finalists that includes Phil Jackson, Eddie Sutton, Roy Williams and Dick Vitale, Dantley won't wear the Mavs colors into Springfield, Mass. He did, after all, spend seven seasons with the Utah Jazz. Which means yet another Hall of Fame class will cruise into immortality without a Maverick riding shotgun. The announcement will come April 2 during the Final Four in Atlanta. But seriously, isn't it a shame that Dick Motta or Don Nelson or Rolando Blackman or Chris Anstey or even Mavs Man isn't representing us in the hall? Our first home-grown HOF'er will be Dirk Nowitzki, who just might also be our first MVP.

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