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Nolan Richardson Gives Epic Basketball Hall of Fame Speech [VIDEO]

Last night, El Paso native Nolan Richardson received the ultimate basketball honor. The man responsible for “40 minutes of Hell” was enshrined into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. His acceptance speech was the highlight of the night and many people on social media called it one of the greatest Hall of Fame speeches ever.

Richardson spoke to the crowd in Springfield for 30 minutes, and covered everything from his upbringing in El Paso, to playing for Don Haskins at Texas Western, his coaching memories, and even gave parenting advice. Everyone in El Paso is familiar with his style of storytelling, but last night’s speech was simply Nolan at his best. Here is a clip of Richardson telling a story about listening to the radio 35 years ago and first hearing about the legend of Larry Bird.

Richardson joined a Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Class that included Alonzo Mourning, Mitch Richmond, Sarunas Marciulionis, Bob “Slick” Leonard, Gary Williams, Nat Clifton, Guy Rogers, the Immaculata women’s basketball team, and David Stern. Former UTEP Miner and NBA great Tim Hardaway was a 2014 Hall of Fame finalist and is one of the favorites to be enshrined in next year’s class.

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