John Thompson, Jr. Presents Nike's Phil Knight for Hall of Fame Induction
WASHINGTON - Legendary former Georgetown Men's Basketball Head Coach John Thompson, Jr. was one of two presenters on Friday night as Nike founder Phil Knight was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Thompson was joined on the stage by former NBA star Michael Jordan for the presentation of Knight, who was one of 12 inductees and joins the Hall of Fame as a contributor to the game.
"I saw where someone said it would be controversial that I'm in,'' Knight said Thursday at the Naismith Hall of Fame. "This surprised me. But nobody will ever have two better presenters.
"They come at this from two very different sides,'' said Knight. "Obviously Michael Jordan revolutionized the sporting goods industry. He played a big part in Nike's success and still is. He is selling twice as much product under the Brand Jordan name since he quit playing. That's never been done before. John Thompson is a Hall of Fame coach and a board member for over 20 years, an advisor and friend.''