Per Yahoo Sports, with a hat tip to the Dare Society blog for the find:
Michael Jordan had his pick. Dean Smith. Phil Jackson. Maybe even his good friend Charles Barkley.Say what you will about Jordan and his gambling habits, poor team management of the Bobcats and his trips to Cabo, but he obviously still has a tremendous respect for DT and what he meant to not only his game, but to the game of basketball, as well.
Each would have been an understandable choice to present Jordan during his induction Friday into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Smith was Jordan’s legendary coach at North Carolina. Jackson helped guide Jordan to six NBA titles with the Chicago Bulls. Barkley shared the role of rival and running buddy.
Jordan passed on all of them. Instead, he chose someone who had never coached him or played with or against him.
He chose David Thompson. The former NBA high-flyer who had starred at North Carolina … State.