SPRINGFIELD, MA - The Kings Mitch Richmond was enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Fame as part of the class of 2014.
Richmond, who was presented by former Warriors teammate and Kings adviser Chris Mullin and Ralph Sampson, was the first to be inducted at Symphony Hall in Springfield Friday night.
Along with thanking his former teammates, coaches, family and friends he talked about getting traded from the Golden State Warriors to the Kings in 1991.
"I was devastated. My new home in Sacramento was 82 miles north but it seemed like a million miles away," said Richmond during his induction speech. "It turned out to be a great seven year run with the Kings."
As a King, Richmond averaged 21.9 ppg. He became a six time NBA All Star, winning the MVP in 1995, and he won an Olympic Gold Medal in 1996.
"It is a place where I played some of my best basketball," continued Richmond. "And it is an honor to have my jersey #2 retired by the Kings organization."
Along with Richmond, former NBA Commissioner David Stern, Alonzo Mourning, Maryland head coach Gary Williams, Arkansas head coach Nolan Richardson, Lithuania star Sarunas Marciulionis, former Indiana Pacers coach Bob "Slick" Leonard, the late Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton and Guy Rodgers of Temple, and the women's team from Immaculata College round out the class of 2014.