Artis Gilmore is Heading to the NBA Hall of Fame
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The NBA's all-time leader in field goal percentage is heading to Springfield to receive the ultimate honor.
Jacksonville's Artis Gilmore is being inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Friday.
Gilmore talked with First Coast News Sports Director Dan Hicken today, saying his nerves may be getting the better of him.
"Trying to keep them under control right now," he said, saying everything's moving "a mile a minute."
Gilmore left the NBA in 1988 with more than 24,000 points scored between the NBA and the ABA, where he spent his first five years as a pro after taking Jacksonville University to the NCAA title game in 1971.
He also left the NBA as the top field goal shooter of all time, based on percentage. He maintains that position to this day, perhaps because he was deadly accurate from beyond the 3-point line. In the 1981-82 season, he never missed a 3-pointer, and he led the league in percentage. Granted, he only attempted one 3-pointer, but he made it.
Hicken asked Gilmore what he planned to say following his introduction from another basketball legend, Dr. J.
Gilmore replied that Hicken was supposed to be writing it, and after they stopped laughing, Gilmore said, "I just need to try to be me in a very tense situation."
Gilmore appreciates the honor coming to him, but said it's about not only him, but also his university and the city.
"It's just a tribute to all of us," he concluded.
The Hall of Fame is in Springfield, Massachusetts.
First Coast News