We’re only a day away from the Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony, but in the meantime, preparations are underway with the inductees (minus one Allen Iverson) taking part in a press conference. There were a couple funny moments — unsurprisingly, they involved Shaq. When Yao Ming was being introduced, the moderator was too short to dress him in his Hall of Fame jacket. Shaq, thinking quick on his feet, jumped in to be the only one tall enough to dress Ming.
Yao Ming, with a Shaq assist. pic.twitter.com/sywJNM2DLh— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) September 8, 2016
Yao Ming somehow makes Shaq look small:
By the way, this is what Shaq’s jacket looks like, which looks like if a bunch of traffic cones melted onto David Byrne’s big suit:
Later on, it was proposed that Ming and Shaq could play 1-on-1 on stage, to which Shaq responded with a finger wag.
As for why Iverson was absent at the conference, our Sixers blog Liberty Ballers reported that he’d apparently missed his flight and had to catch another one:
Hearing AI missed his first flight to Springfield for the HOF events today & had to catch a later one because... AI— Liberty Ballers (@Liberty_Ballers) September 8, 2016
Iverson’s absence baffled Shaq at the time:
Shaq on Allen Iverson: "That's crazy. I don't know how you miss this."— Jay King (@ByJayKing) September 8, 2016
Shaq on AI: "I don't know how you miss this...I'm supposed to be a franchise player & we talking about the Hall of Fame?!?" #hoophall16— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) September 8, 2016
But he eventually made it to Springfield and put on his jacket:
Friday’s going to be spectacular.