Michael Jordan, the greatest player to ever bounce a basketball, stood up from his seat at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s enshrinement ceremony, took Kim Mulkey’s hand and guided her up the steps. It was time for Mulkey to accept her induction into the hall.
Mulkey is the only person in college basketball history to win national championships as a player, an assistant coach and a head coach. She led the Baylor Bears to three national championships in 21 seasons as head coach. She won two national championships as a tough-nosed point guard at Louisiana Tech, including the first ever NCAA women’s basketball championship. And now, she’s a hall of famer.
As the diminutive Mulkey stood behind the podium, she shot a glance at the 6-foot-6 Jordan, who smiled and laughed uncomfortably under her imposing stare.