When the call came into his Indianapolis office the final week of March, George McGinnis figured Hall of Fame president John Doleva wanted to discuss one of the candidates for 2017 enshrinement. Maybe Doleva had another topic in mind. McGinnis wasn’t sure. He just knew it wasn’t about candidate George McGinnis.

That’s how long the wait had been. Retired since 1982 after a full-circle homecoming with the Indiana Pacers, already on the ballot long enough that he had passed through two election committees and was now relocated to a third, McGinnis said he didn’t even realize he was still under consideration.

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