Mitch Richmond will join the NBA Hall of Fame. He’s got a ring and an All-Star Game MVP and a gold medal and a whole lot of career points and the knowledge that tells him that he stuck it out on a series of terrible teams while never making a fuss about the noise surrounding him. He’s a Hall of Famer without the help of NBC, without any League Pass alerts, and without ever having the help of a general manager who knew what he was doing.
Mitch Richmond did this on his own. Sometimes, that’s enough.
— Kelly Dwyer Mitch Richmond #2 of the Sacramento Kings shoots a foul shot against the Portland Trailblazers circa 1993 at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon. Mitch Richmond #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots the ball during the NBA game against the Dallas Mavericks at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers won, 98-94. Mitch Richmond #2 of the Sacramento Kings drives to the basket during during Game Two of the first round of the 1996 NBA Western Conference Playoffs against the Seattle Sonics on April 28, 1996 at the Arena in Seattle, Washington. Mitch Richmond #2 of the Sacramento Kings goes in for a layup against Juwan Howard #5 and Chris Webber #4 of the Washington Bullets at Arco Arena during the 1997 NBA season in Sacramento, California. (L) Tim Hardaway #10, (C) Mitch Richmond #23 and (R) Chris Mullin #17 of the Golden State Warriors sit on the bench during a game played in 1989 at the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum in Oakland, California. Mitch Richmond #2 of the Western Conference All Stars attempts to save the ball from going out of bounds against Reggie Miller #31 of the Eastern Conference All Stars during the 1996 NBA All Star Game played on February 11, 1996 at the Alamo Dome in San Antonio, Texas. Mitch Richmond #2 of the Western Conference All-Stars displays his MVP trophy after the 1995 NBA All-Star Game played February 12, 1995 at America West Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. Former Sacramento Kings All-Star Mitch Richmond and his sons enter Arco Arena. Former Sacramento Kings guard Mitch Richmond, center, laughs at a comment made by NBA Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson as they pose for a photo with Chris Mullin, who is also in the Hall of Fame, during a timeout in a a NBA basketball between the Sacramento Kings and the Phoenix Suns in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Richmond was recently elected to the Hall of Fame joining Mullin and Robertson.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) Sarunas Marciulionis, from left, Alonzo Mourning, Judy Martelli, Nolan Richardson, Mitch Richmond, David Stern and Gary Williams pose for a photo on stage with their jerseys and Jerry Colangelo, right, chairman of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, during the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2014 announcement, Monday, April 7, 2014, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) The 1996 USA Men's Basketball Olympic Team pose for a team portrait Mitch Richmond #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of action at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Mitch Richmond #2 of the Washington Wizards in action during the game against the Miami Heat at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C. The Heat defeated the Wizards 96-80. Mandatory Credit: Doug Pensinger /Allsport Guard Mitch Richmond of the Golden State Warriors in action with the basketball. Mandatory Credit: Ken Levine /Allsport Guard Mitch Richmond #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles the ball during the NBA game against the Houston Rockets at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on December 30, 2001.