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Sep062012

Rick Barry, Dee Brown Headline Fan VIP Experience & Fantasy Camp During Enshrinement Weekend

NBA Development League/QuintEvents program delivers on-court action plus Hall of Fame induction access this week in Springfield

NEW YORK – September 5, 2012 – An unparalleled basketball experience  featuring  a chalk talk with former NBA superstar Rick Barry will be one of the highlights for participating fans during the 2012 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement this weekend in Springfield.

Entering its second year, the NBA Development League Fantasy Camp and Hall of Fame Enshrinement, described by one journalist as “one of the greatest experiences of my life,” features three days and two nights of basketball events, including the fantasy camp and premium seating,as 11 luminaries are inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

The weekend begins with the Thursday evening Welcome Reception attended by an NBA legend and NBA D-League players and coaches. On-court action takes place on Friday morning with clinics featuring coaching, drills and game play followed by a sit-down luncheon.  Barry, a 1987 Hall of Fame inductee and the only man to win the a single season scoring title in college Division I, the ABA and the NBA, will talk basketball, answer questions and sign autographs during the lunch.

The culmination of the experience comes Friday night with attendance at the VIP Enshrinement Gala Reception followed by orchestra seating at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame for the emotionally-charged induction ceremonies and speeches.  Former NBA greats Reggie Miller and Ralph Sampson are among the 2012 inductees.

This year, the NBA D-League Fantasy Camp will be run by Dee Brown, current Detroit Pistons assistant coach and former Springfield Armor head coach.  Brown will be joined by Will Bynum, the Detroit Pistons point guard who had 20 assists in one game in 2010, and Mikki Moore, the Golden State Warriors frontcourt specialist who starred for both the New Jersey Nets and Sacramento Kings.

After participating in the inaugural NBA D-League Fantasy Camp and Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend one year ago, journalist/sportswriter Tim Jensen, who reported for The Sports Network (www.sportsnetwork.com) wrote:

“There I was, breaking bread with (David) Thompson, the former North Carolina State superstar; hanging at the pre-enshrinement cocktail reception with the legendary Dr. J: and offering my personal congratulations to the still red-eyed (Dennis) Rodman, who helped the Michael Jordan/Scottie Pippen posse win three of their six championship rings for the Chicago Bulls.”

The Hall of Fame Enshrinement travel/experience packages, among others, are detailed at www.nba-events.com and at www.quintevents.com. Information is also available at 877-979-2737.        

“With the Fantasy Camp component, this is the most uniquely interactive ‘experience’ that we offer,” said Brian Learst, President of QuintEvents, which also markets travel/experience packages for the NFL, Kentucky Derby, Breeders’ Cup and Formula 1 auto racing’s international series. “It is perfect for a father-son or father-daughter bonding weekend as the NBA and the NBA D-League work to bring their fans closer to the game.”

About QuintEvents:
Charlotte-based QuintEvents is an Official Hospitality Provider for NFL On Location®, for events including the Super Bowl, Pro Bowl, Draft and International Games, Churchill Downs® for the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks and the NBA for the annual All-Star Game. QuintEvents’ partners have more than 100 years of experience in travel, incentive and event management that merge to exceed expectations on every event and create unique, memorable experiences! Its unique partnerships with some of the greatest names in sports and entertainment enable them to offer customers access to larger blocks of seats, the best hotels and exclusive entertainment venues inside the stadium and access to exclusive parties at the world’s most prestigious sporting events.  Hospitality packages include a broad spectrum of seating options, unique venue access, celebrity appearances, dedicated entrances and other interactive experiences that make your entertainment event stand out.   QuintEvents’ innovative programs enable premier sports properties to expand fan experience opportunities in a way that reflects the quality and prestige of those brands.     

About NBA Development League:
The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league. Featuring 16 teams with direct affiliations to NBA franchises, the NBA D-League is a proven developer of talent: 27 percent of players in the NBA at the conclusion of the 2011-12 season boasted NBA D-League experience, and the league continues to develop coaches, referees, and front-office staff for the NBA and its teams. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA. Throughout the league’s 11th season, fans could watch all NBA D-League games online for free at nba.com/dleague.  

About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame:
Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where basketball was invented, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame promotes and preserves the game of basketball at every level – professional, collegiate and high school, for both men and women on the global stage.