My rational mind tells me it surely happens at some point to all of us addled fans who trace our lives through sports seasons as much as anything else.

But damn if it isn’t surreal when it hits.

Shaq, Yao and Iverson are being inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of FameShaq, Yao and Iverson? Where did the years go?

They’ll be joined by several more basketball luminaries during the ceremony Friday night: Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, WNBA trailblazer Sheryl Swoopes, former coach John McClendon, Chicago Bulls exec Jerry Reinsdorf, former ABA star Zelmo Beaty and Cumberland Posey, one of the game’s earliest black stars. Read more…

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Shaq, Yao and Iverson: The 2016 Basketball Hall of Fame class makes me feel old