It’s been a long time coming, but finally, basketball great Michael Jordan has entered the Hall of Fame, alongside some of the other greats of his time.
Jordan, former San Antonio Spurs center David Robinson, and former Utah Jazz star point guard John Stockton were elected to the basketball hall on Monday (April 6) in Detroit.
Also among the class of 2009 are Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan and Rutgers women’s coach C. Vivian Stringer.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Jordan accepted a Hall of Fame jersey, turned to his former competitors Stockton and Robinson and threatened another comeback.
“Every time I see these guys, I want to put my shorts on,” Jordan said.
Although his career boasts tons of accolades — including five MVP trophies — and is widely considered probably the best to ever touch the court, Jordan said entering the hall was a day he never imagined.
“I would never have envisioned myself at any point being in any hall of fame,” he said, according to the Tribune.
The announcement was made in Detroit, site of the men’s Final Four, on the day Jordan’s North Carolina Tar Heels will face Michigan State for the national championship. He won a title with North Carolina back in 1982.
The induction of the basketball greats will take place from September 10-12 in Springfield, Mass., home of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Jordan retired twice during his 15-year career, and finished with 32,292 points under his belt, the third-highest total in NBA history behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone. His career average of 30.12 points per game is the best in the league’s history.
Stockton holds NBA records for assists in a season with 1,164 in 1990-91, and the highest assist average in a season with 14.5 the previous season.
Robinson played 14 seasons with the San Antonio Spurs, and won two NBA championships during his tenure.
Jazz coach Sloan, whose #4 is retired by the Bulls, is the only NBA coach to win more than 1,000 games with a single team. He is still coaching and currently has his Jazz in seventh place in the Western Conference standings going into Monday night.
Stringer has led three schools to the Final Four in her 38-year career, and has an 825-280 mark spanning four decades.