Rare Air: Former NC State Star to Be Jordan's HOF Presenter

In a surprise move, Michael Jordan has chosen David Thompson to present him at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony...

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Not Dean Smith. Not Phil Jackson. Not David Falk. When Michael Jordan is inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, his presenter will be former North Carolina State star David Thompson. From ESPN:

Michael Jordan has chosen David Thompson, another high flyer from North Carolina, to present him, while Charles Barkley and Isiah Thomas also will be presenters at the Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony.

Jordan highlights a class that includes David Robinson, John Stockton, and coaches Jerry Sloan of the Utah Jazz and C. Vivian Stringer of Rutgers. Each was asked to select a previous inductee to serve as a presenter at Friday's ceremony at Springfield, Mass.

Jordan went with a surprise by asking Thompson, the athletic swingman who led North Carolina State to the national championship in 1974 -- eight years before Jordan won one for the rival Tar Heels.

Definitely a surprise pick. Thoughts as to why?

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