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Basketball Hall of Fame Mourns the Passing of Ken Hudson

The Basketball Hall of Fame mourns the passing of Ken Hudson, the first African-American NBA referee, former head of the legendary Boston Shootout event, Coca Cola executive and recipient of the Basketball Hall of Fame's 2009 Mannie Jackson, Basketball's Human Spirit Award alongside NBA legends Bob Lanier and Alonzo Mourning.

"Ken was a true pioneer for the game of basketball, not only as an official but for his impact through the Boston Shootout with the future stars of the game," said John L. Doleva, President & CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  "He was an ideal recipient for the Mannie Jackson Spirit Award and he will be missed in the basketball community."