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Friday
Sep072012

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Names Center Court For Hall of Famer Jerry Colangelo

Centerpiece of the Hall of Fame dedicated as the “Jerry Colangelo Court of Dreams”

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Basketball Hall of Fame announced today that Center Court, located inside of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, will be re-named the “Jerry Colangelo Court of Dreams” in honor of one of the most innovative and influential owners in NBA History as well as one of the Hall’s greatest supporters. The official court dedication will take place during a private ceremony on Friday, September 7th prior to the 2012 Enshrinement Ceremony.

Colangelo is currently the Chairman of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Board, as well as the Chairman of USA Basketball’s Board of Directors and architect of the 2008 and 2012 US Olympic Gold Medal winning teams.  He has spent most of his life involved with the game of basketball.  A graduate of the University of Illinois, where he earned All-Conference honors as a player, Colangelo began his NBA career in 1966 with the Chicago Bulls’ front office.

“Jerry has not only given his entire career to the game of basketball, but he has been an unmatchable champion for the growth of the Hall of Fame,” said John L Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame.  “The organization decided to bestow this court dedication honor in his name as a result of the sacrifices and support he has shown for almost 50 years.”

Colangelo became the youngest general manager in professional sports with the expansion of the Phoenix Suns. In only his second season with the new club, Colangelo turned the Suns into a legitimate playoff threat. In 1976, Colangelo received his first Sporting News NBA Executive of the Year award for taking the Suns to the NBA Finals. A respected member of the NBA Board of Governors, Colangelo played an integral role in the formation of the WNBA in 1997. He has also served on the NBA's Long Range Planning Committee, the Expansion Committee and the Competition and Rules Committee.

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.