Published: Aug 13, 2010 10:20 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 14, 2010 4:30 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Don't blame LeBron James for leaving Cleveland. Don't fit him for a ring yet, either.

That was the message at the Hall of Fame on Friday, where James' move to Miami was a topic among this year's induction class.

With James joining Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, the Heat have become a title favorite. But Karl Malone is sticking with the reigning champions, and Scottie Pippen isn't even sure Miami will reach the NBA finals.

"I would say this: With the guys they got, they're going to be a hell of a team," Malone said of the Heat. "I pick the Lakers."