Toni Kukoc | Hall of Fame Enshrinement Speech

Published on Sep 11, 2021
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Check out Toni Kukoc's full speech following his induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame!

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  • Марат Зиннатуллин

    Марат Зиннатуллин

    16 hours ago

    Jordan is happier than Kukoc here. That's all you can know about Michael selfishness....He is so real and true...

  • frenkac

    frenkac

    Day ago

    What a MAN! 👍🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  • iLL-Nois22

    iLL-Nois22

    Day ago

    Glad to see another player from the 90’s Chicago Bulls make it into the HOF, respect to the legendary Toni Kukoč.

  • Yhanie Catzhelian

    Yhanie Catzhelian

    Day ago

    I really love mj during those days but i love kukoc more! Deadly lefty shooter!

  • Roy Daniel

    Roy Daniel

    Day ago

    Every kid in the world should be inspired. If you can be a mediocre player, average 11 points a game for your career, and consistently shoot worse in the playoffs (aka choking), but make ONE game winner that doesn’t even result in a title, you can be in the Hall of Fame…

    • xxxxxJAYMILLZxxxxxxx

      xxxxxJAYMILLZxxxxxxx

      Day ago

      Lmao kid you embarrassed yourself there.. first of all no 3 peat without Kukoc. Second Kukoc broke the rookie record for game winning shots all in his rookie year.. he’s had multiple game winners and clutch performances. He averaged 13 PPG but averaged close to 16 during the bulls .. the bulls I said the greatest team ever assembled and he threw up 16.. that’s how I know you have no idea what your talking about lol

  • A 7

    A 7

    2 days ago

    Europe legend stretch 4 Toni king

  • daddybars

    daddybars

    2 days ago

    NBA will let anybody in the hall of fame lol

    • daddybars

      daddybars

      Day ago

      🧢

    • xxxxxJAYMILLZxxxxxxx

      xxxxxJAYMILLZxxxxxxx

      Day ago

      Anybody as in one of the greatest careers in basketball not just including the nba?! Ya take the L

  • Nikola Dlaka

    Nikola Dlaka

    2 days ago

    What’s really admirable about Kukoc is that he seems like an even better guy and person, than he was a bb player. And he was a truly exceptional player. Well deserved, and a great move by Michael being there. That second 3peat Bulls are still the best team ever assembled in my view.

  • Dyrl Douglas

    Dyrl Douglas

    2 days ago

    GWH,

  • Dyrl Douglas

    Dyrl Douglas

    2 days ago

    How did Toni Kukoc make the Hall? He was so OVERATED!!!!

  • Rodney Wesley

    Rodney Wesley

    3 days ago

    Glad he lived to see this took to long

    • xxxxxJAYMILLZxxxxxxx

      xxxxxJAYMILLZxxxxxxx

      Day ago

      We’ll overdue only the real ones know

  • Gavin Perry

    Gavin Perry

    3 days ago

    Kukoc is so badass he thanked krause in front of MJ

  • UserInterface00

    UserInterface00

    3 days ago

    He looks so unrecognizable from the Chicago Bulls days. If you asked me who the person on the thumbnail to this video was, I wouldn’t have guessed it was him. Underrated player and he has an awards list to fill up an entire room.

  • Fure ZF

    Fure ZF

    3 days ago

    When i see Kukoc entering HoF, makes me wonder what Drazen Petrovic culd have become, Petro was on Jordan lvl....

  • Michael Cowie

    Michael Cowie

    3 days ago

    I loved watching this man play while I was growing up a basketball fan! He deserves to be in the hall of fame 100%—a solid all-around player! Congratulations Toni Kukoc!!

  • tonsterdang

    tonsterdang

    3 days ago

    Well deserved

  • Mario B

    Mario B

    3 days ago

    Bravo Toni bilo je i vrijeme.. Najbolji šesti igrač,vrhunski tricaš...

  • Frljic Marko

    Frljic Marko

    3 days ago

    DRAŽEN PETROVIC 🇭🇷

  • T'lan Imass

    T'lan Imass

    3 days ago

    Thank you Cameraman! Have had a crush on Stela since she was in high school! ❤️

  • Vinz.A

    Vinz.A

    3 days ago

    surprised this took so long... the guy was an absolute legend in europe that he likely would have been a hall of famer even if he never went to the nba

    • xxxxxJAYMILLZxxxxxxx

      xxxxxJAYMILLZxxxxxxx

      Day ago

      Literally.. what 99% of people don’t realize just his career before the NBA is one of the most impressive ever accomplished

  • angrywhiteboy

    angrywhiteboy

    3 days ago

    if MJ shows up to your speech you know you made it in life

  • MetalManiac Korea

    MetalManiac Korea

    3 days ago

    He looks like Randy Quiad

  • nas84payne

    nas84payne

    3 days ago

    So pleased for him and well deserved. Bulls legend. The things like the crazy passes he’d make, are the things we love with another fellow European in Luka. He was doing shit long before him and also before Dirk as well.

  • D Wnright

    D Wnright

    3 days ago

    what a fine gentleman. and of course a great player.

  • mbradley c

    mbradley c

    4 days ago

    Good for him! He came into my store once about ten years ago during the off-season. He might have already been retired, I forget. But he was lit AF and had the munchies. He lived a few blocks away at the time, you see. Anyway, he was jonesing for some Nutella. I helped him try to find it, but it turned out we didn't carry it because of hydrogenated oil. He was so bummed! Totally good guy. Thanks for the good times, bud and congratulations!

  • Lighting Bolt81

    Lighting Bolt81

    4 days ago

    Imagine how good he would be in today’s NBA, he’d be Averaging 20 plus easy and a all star year in and year out.

  • M1astrey

    M1astrey

    4 days ago

    The Last Dance: Toni special episode when?

  • musicandmagic909

    musicandmagic909

    4 days ago

    This man broke the Euro barrier in the NBA.

  • SHORTSIO

    SHORTSIO

    4 days ago

    Glad to see he's finally in the HOF

  • george katsikeros

    george katsikeros

    4 days ago

    I cannot understand why plyers like kukoc,gkalis and a lot more ,get/enter hall of fame at 50/60 etc,when players like bosh,take 5 years after they left nba ,cause they are americans....

  • Aaron Studley

    Aaron Studley

    4 days ago

    TONI!!!!!!!

  • Mak Corleone

    Mak Corleone

    4 days ago

    Salute to the Legend🙌🏿

  • Ly The Dan

    Ly The Dan

    4 days ago

    This dude should have been in the HOF way before Chris Webber does.

  • Terence Winters

    Terence Winters

    4 days ago

    He couldve been a great 1,2,or 3 but they needed a 4 .

  • John 316

    John 316

    4 days ago

    Omg. Time flies….

  • Ben Antonio

    Ben Antonio

    4 days ago

    ❤️❤️🙏🙏👍👍

  • BLUM PKIN

    BLUM PKIN

    4 days ago

    I knew Toni Kukoc will some day be in the Hall of Fame. Omg. Im so proud of him. For those who hasnt seen " The Pink Panther " play. Watch his highlights.

  • Tunisia Tucker

    Tunisia Tucker

    4 days ago

    Toni Kukoc, finally a hall of famer

    Priceless

  • BOQ - RC ANTENOR

    BOQ - RC ANTENOR

    4 days ago

    OG "Luka" 🔥🔥

  • Michael Nguyen

    Michael Nguyen

    4 days ago

    ❤️❤️❤️

  • spiritual lover II

    spiritual lover II

    4 days ago

    For me Toni was better than Drazen , one of the greatest basketball players ever !

  • Patrick Tan

    Patrick Tan

    4 days ago

    Well deserved award.

  • TheRealest 811

    TheRealest 811

    4 days ago

    Was Scottie there?

  • Cook Poo

    Cook Poo

    4 days ago

    FREAKIN TONI MADE ME CRY 5AM IN THE MORNING. NOW IM PLAYING BASKETBALL AT 6AM.

  • son of serbia

    son of serbia

    4 days ago

    Kukoc is a legend

  • 허니버터의이야기

    허니버터의이야기

    4 days ago

    KD

  • yoe91 Rugby

    yoe91 Rugby

    4 days ago

    6:30 Ahmad Rashad randomly wakes up and walks past thick blue curtains and finds himself at some Hall of Fame speech.

  • edmasamo

    edmasamo

    5 days ago

    Very eloquent and classy speech, I used to love watching Toni play, his technic and fundamentals were of the highest caliber. I always wanted him to get more minutes on the court.
    Very happy for his accomplishments, well deserved!

  • Cesar Canete

    Cesar Canete

    5 days ago

    Is Kukoc in the hall of fame because of his Euroleague & FIBA career? Don't get me wrong, he was a very underrated, great player in NBA, but it doesnt make sense if one of the main reasons he's in the hall of fame because of his NBA career. I cant really think of much that he accomplished in the NBA other than the sixth man of the year award. He was never an all star, all nba team or nothing. Now, if he's in because of his Euroleague & International career, then that makes much more sense because he was an 3x euroleague champion, euroleague MVP, FIBA champion, etc.

    • Cesar Canete

      Cesar Canete

      Day ago

      @xxxxxJAYMILLZxxxxxxx I'd figured. When I saw Kukoc being inducted into the hall of fame, I was surprised at first because he was a role player most of his NBA career, but remembered how much of an accomplished Euroleague/FIBA player he was back in the day. I think its great that the Basketball Hall of Fame are inducting non NBA greats/Euroleague legends like Kukoc on here. I wanna see Josh Childress inducted into the bball hall of fame one day. He had a great college career at Stanford & had a great euroleague career as well. I remember his jump from the NBA to the Euroleague was one of thee most viral things buzzin on ESPN & various sports new networks back then.

    • xxxxxJAYMILLZxxxxxxx

      xxxxxJAYMILLZxxxxxxx

      Day ago

      It’s the basketball hall of fame not nba dude and he could of made the HOF without his nba career

  • hotknifer

    hotknifer

    5 days ago

    We need an NBA hall of fame.

  • Benjamin Scott SNEAKER JAMZ

    Benjamin Scott SNEAKER JAMZ

    5 days ago

    Congratulations Toni Kukoc, I am so happy for you because you both earn it and deserve it!!!!!

  • adhi suryo judhanto

    adhi suryo judhanto

    5 days ago

    respect Toni 🙌🏻

  • Gregory Emeagwara

    Gregory Emeagwara

    5 days ago

    People can't bash LeBron for winning with multiple Hall of Famers. Jordan won with 3 other Hall of Famers too

  • Mark Johnston Maneja

    Mark Johnston Maneja

    5 days ago

    But shan kemp was not member candidate for hall of famer player

  • Tommy Novosel

    Tommy Novosel

    5 days ago

    Hrvatska Legenda!

  • TetsuyaIT

    TetsuyaIT

    5 days ago

    So blessed I could see Tony in his prime, he was playing here in Italy with Benetton Treviso, against Milano.
    Never seen a guy so tall shooting threes during warmup, he was unbelieveable.

  • Hector Lopez

    Hector Lopez

    5 days ago

    He was part of the second three-peat of the Bulls.

  • Hector Lopez

    Hector Lopez

    5 days ago

    He was part of the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary of Once Brothers.

  • Hector Lopez

    Hector Lopez

    5 days ago

    A good player from Croatia. He was a good shooter.

  • ChickenAndDuckz

    ChickenAndDuckz

    5 days ago

    One of the most underrated players of this game, if he was in the game today he'd be averaging 20+ ppg for sure

    • Marcus James

      Marcus James

      5 days ago

      True on that, would have averaged it if they had the wide open offense of today's game back then.

  • MrKapsou

    MrKapsou

    5 days ago

    Back in the day in Europe, he was a deadly point forward

  • Eric Watson

    Eric Watson

    5 days ago

    The Waiter ✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾🏁🏁

  • Meditation Music

    Meditation Music

    5 days ago

    Great guy and great team CB those years with greatest MJ, Tony and Scottie, coach Jackson era 1989-1998

  • paolobrossi78

    paolobrossi78

    5 days ago

    Bravo Tony kukoc bravo !!!

  • Tobias Harris

    Tobias Harris

    5 days ago

    HŽV

  • Dr Phot

    Dr Phot

    5 days ago

    Kukoc was definitely a great continued international player and open the doors for many others!

  • Hrvoje Čule

    Hrvoje Čule

    5 days ago

    Toni najveći si ikad ♥️

  • Jet Garcia

    Jet Garcia

    5 days ago

    A very classy speech from Toni. 🍻

  • lelo uch

    lelo uch

    5 days ago

    People do not realize that he was playing for best team in NBA history AND best in Europe for best team in European history!

    • Nikola Pavlovic

      Nikola Pavlovic

      4 days ago

      Those teams were great partly because of him. And in both teams he had an important role.

  • A Bee

    A Bee

    5 days ago

    What a fantastic player he was!

  • Erlando Castillo

    Erlando Castillo

    5 days ago

    Congratulations Bulls Nation Salute the Legends

  • Michelle J. Bitunjac

    Michelle J. Bitunjac

    5 days ago

    From football to basketball, many Croats put the team first which is why we have and remain invaluable to so many. Bless up to Toni and Renata for that long-haul, strong cRomance - beautiful to behold!

  • Philip Farnan

    Philip Farnan

    5 days ago

    I'm glad he made it.

  • Adam’s Time!

    Adam’s Time!

    5 days ago

    He paved the way for players like Luis Scola.

  • kev redwolf 77

    kev redwolf 77

    5 days ago

    dam.. maybe its just me.. but scottie is the only one still look the same from the bulls

  • Chris Robinson

    Chris Robinson

    5 days ago

    How did he make the hall?

    • Richard_From_England

      Richard_From_England

      5 days ago

      The same way you didn't

  • Vince Foo

    Vince Foo

    5 days ago

    where's pippen?

  • LAcijus

    LAcijus

    5 days ago

    Mike in his own "The last dance" documentary could mention more about Toni's impact to second 3peat, apart from only showing how they locked him up in 92 olympics.
    Toni has great games in his playoffs career where he saved #23, #33 asses. One of the finest players Europe has ever produced.

    • LAcijus

      LAcijus

      10 hours ago

      @EnzoTorino Bulls dont win a chip without Toni, lets put it simple as that.

    • EnzoTorino

      EnzoTorino

      10 hours ago

      See, e.g. game 7 of the ‘98 ECF. The Bulls don’t beat the Pacers that day without Toni.

  • Thiago Moraes

    Thiago Moraes

    5 days ago

    Why the hell so late hall of fame??? At least a decade or so late.. Toni is one of the best players of his generation, both here in Europe as well in the NBA.. He was tough, i mean after all he showed on his carrer, if he hasn't his T-shirt on the rafters of the United center yet, as Bulls fan to the heart I would say what are you waiting for??

  • Aleksandar Gospić

    Aleksandar Gospić

    5 days ago

    Toni's list of accomplishments is simply mind blowing, one of the best in basketball history! 🤯 Glad I was alive to witness his entire career, which was incredible! Some would dismiss his Yougoslav and European success but don't forget, all the best European players played in Europe then, Yugoslav and Euro leagues were incredible then, before everyone that is worth something went to the NBA. Congrats Toni! This should have happened long time ago.
    FIBA Under-18 EuroBasket MVP (1986)
    FIBA Under-19 World Cup MVP (1987)
    FIBA World Championship MVP (1990)
    FIBA EuroBasket MVP (1991)
    3× EuroLeague Final Four MVP (1990, 1991, 1993)
    FIBA's 50 Greatest Players (1991)
    3 x Croatia Sportsman of the Year (1989., 1990., 1991.)
    5 x Euroscar Player of the Year (1990, 1991, 1994, 1996, 1998)
    4 x Mister Europa Player of the Year (1990–1992, 1996)
    NBA All-Rookie Second Team (1994)
    NBA Sixth Man of the Year (1996)
    FIBA Hall of Fame (2017)
    Basketball Hall of Fame (2021)
    European u-16 Championship - Gold medal (1985.)
    European u-18 Championship - Gold medal (1986.)
    World cup u-19 - Gold medal (1987.)
    Eurobasket 1987. - Bronze medal
    Olympic Games 1988. - Silver medal
    Eurobasket 1989. - Gold medal
    World champion 1990. - Gold medal
    Eurobasket 1991. - Gold medal
    Olympic games 1992. - Silver medal
    World champion 1994. - Bronze medal
    Eurobasket 1995. - Bronze medal
    4 x Yugoslav league Champion (1988., 1989., 1990., 1991.)
    2 x Yugoslav Cup winner (1990. 1991.)
    Italian League Champion (1992.)
    Italian Cup Winner (1993.)
    3 x Euroleague Champion (1989., 1990., 1991.)
    3 x NBA Champion (1996., 1997., 1998.)

  • MOADANLIVE show

    MOADANLIVE show

    5 days ago

    Kukoc will always be my favorite international player in the NBA

  • Analie Bee

    Analie Bee

    5 days ago

    Hello Toni. I coudn't get over of you when I was 9. Youre such a handsome guy back then. Congratulations for the hall of fame. Michael Jordan looks amazing tonight😍

  • Phet Tumbling

    Phet Tumbling

    5 days ago

    Reggie Miller can't take a bow no more

  • Rag Hato

    Rag Hato

    5 days ago

    Un très très grand joueur !!

  • Welcome2Brela

    Welcome2Brela

    5 days ago

    Kralj

  • SoloPerICommenti

    SoloPerICommenti

    5 days ago

    Just don't forget the city of Treviso as you're there, Toni

  • Norberto Aquino III

    Norberto Aquino III

    5 days ago

    Congratulations Toni Kukoc
    I like it when you said "Our practices at that time were harder than many games that we played"...
    That shows the the kind of work the bulls into practice...I do not wonder why they had two 3Peats...

  • Mr. E

    Mr. E

    5 days ago

    Its about time he enters Basketball HoF. He was Luka before Luka. A 6'11 pg who was amazing. 3x Euroleague Champion, 3x Euroleague MVP, 1x FIBA champion and 2 Olympic medalist. That all before being drafted by Jerry Krause to play with Bulls. Congrats Toni!!!!

  • christopher james Luna

    christopher james Luna

    5 days ago

    Long over due

  • Ronaldo Farrales

    Ronaldo Farrales

    5 days ago

    No disrespect to Luka... but if the bulls played the Mavs today... they would probably just be equal....... if Michael, Pippen and Rodman would be benched. Just sayin'. He could easily matched Luka.

  • PCTR

    PCTR

    5 days ago

    he aged so fast, while looking on danny ainge or even john stockton,, they look the same for like 20 years or after retirement

  • AXZ1974

    AXZ1974

    6 days ago

    Ahhhh....finally!! I am Greek and even I was waiting for this! :) Congratulations!

  • Kristian A

    Kristian A

    6 days ago

    toni could easily score 30 right now

  • Saya Lebrun

    Saya Lebrun

    6 days ago

    Pire discours du hof

  • zoran

    zoran

    6 days ago

    ...what a gentleman!

  • James Perez

    James Perez

    6 days ago

    but where's scottie?

  • Rodney grant Roxas

    Rodney grant Roxas

    6 days ago

    Finally after decades and decades.. Congrats to "the waiter"

  • Gab Inidal

    Gab Inidal

    6 days ago

    About damn time! In today's game and with his playing style, easy triple double imo.

  • Rouel taupa

    Rouel taupa

    6 days ago

    to those who say that kukoc is not as big or talented as other nba stars to be in the hall, remember that this is BASKETBALL hall of fame, not just NBA hall of fame. in international competition, kukoc WAS and STILL a superstar.

  • Shadow

    Shadow

    6 days ago

    Lauri markannen hes better then tony kukoc lol