Basketball players will now be eligible for the Hall of Fame four years after they retire, which creates the potential for Shaquille O’Neal and Yao Ming to headline a powerful class of 2016.
This is one of the new rules for the Springfield, Massachusetts, shrine. The previous requirement was that a player be retired for five full seasons. Because of the enshrinement calendar, that meant players would be out of the game for six years before they could be inducted.
Source: The Associated Press
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