Thursday
Jun092011

Alexander Wolff and Jim Durham Named Recipients of Basketball Hall of Fame's 2011 Curt Gowdy Media Awards

Recipients To Be Honored at “Celebration of Basketball” and 2011 Enshrinement Ceremonies

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. –Alexander Wolff, a distinguished writer at Sports Illustrated for three decades, and Jim Durham,a commentator for the NBA on ESPN Radio and former voice of the Dallas Mavericks and Chicago Bulls, have been selected to receive the 2011 Curt Gowdy Media Awards from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame during Enshrinement festivities scheduled on August 11-12, 2011 in Springfield, Massachusetts.

The Gowdy Media Award is named in honor of the legendary sports broadcaster and former Hall of Fame Board member and President, the late Curt Gowdy. The prestigious award is presented annually to members of the print and electronic media whose longtime efforts have made a significant contribution to the game of basketball.

“Curt Gowdy was one of the pioneers in sports media and a former Basketball Hall of Fame President, so each year we search for honorees who exhibit the passion and excitement that Mr. Gowdy displayed throughout his decorated career,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  “Alexander Wolff and Jim Durham are two individuals who have demonstrated a true love for the game of basketball, while going above and beyond their traditional roles to bring incredible storytelling into millions of households each year.”

Alexander Wolff, the 2011 honoree for the Print Media, has been a member of the Sports Illustrated staff since 1980. Although his primary focus has been basketball, he has also covered a variety of sports, including tennis, cycling, football, soccer and several Olympic Games. His quest and determination for a good story has taken Alex from basketball’s most storied arenas, to some of the world’s most remote regions.

“In his decades of covering basketball for SI, the depth and breadth of Alex Wolff's work has been inimitable,” Terry McDonell, Editor, Sports Illustrated Group.  “He has written with a lyrical and literary grace in stories on Final Fours and NCAA tournaments, in profiles of the game's most influential figures, in investigative pieces that protected the very integrity of the game while the vision of his work pushed basketball to become truly international. There is no journalist who better embodies what Curt Gowdy meant to the game.”

Wolff has written five books, which include The In-Your-Face-Basketball Book, co-authored with Chuck Wielgus, about playground basketball in America; Raw Recruits, co-authored with CBS Sports correspondent ArmenKeteyian, about corruption in college basketball recruiting; and Sports Illustrated's 100 Years of Hoops, on the history of basketball. His Big Game, Small World: A Basketball Odyssey, an account of a year spent chasing basketball around the world, was published in 2002.

In addition to his tremendous writing accomplishments, Wolff was also the founding owner of the Vermont Frost Heaves of the American Basketball Association from 2005-2009. He turned the franchise into one of the most innovative and successful league franchises, while winning ABA titles in 2007 and 2008.  Raised in Rochester, New York, Wolff played a year of professional basketball in the Swiss basketball league before earning a history degree from Princeton in 1980.

Jim Durham, the 2011 Gowdy Award winner representing the Electronic Media, joined ESPN in 1992, and serves as lead play-by-play commentator for the NBA on ESPN Radio, a role he received in January 1996 when the network’s game coverage debuted. He has also called college basketball games and ESPN Major League Baseball games for ESPN.

"Jim is an NBA broadcasting legend and consummate professional,” said Norby Williamson, ESPN Executive Vice President,Production.  “His delivery and passion for the game make every broadcast feel like a big event. We congratulate him on this well-deserved honor.”

Durham had been the television voice of the Dallas Mavericks from 1993 to 2001. He also served as radio and television commentator for the Chicago Bulls (1972-1991), Chicago White Sox television play-by-play announcer (1989-1990), and Houston Astros television commentator (1983-1985). Additionally, Durham also handled sports announcing chores for NBC, CBS and Turner Sports.

An accomplished veteran, Durham has been recognized with Illinois Sportscaster-of-the-Year honors in 1979, 1989 and 1990, and garnered Chicago Emmy Awards in 1989 and 1991.The Chicago native had the pleasure of calling the action during Michael Jordan’s first seven seasons in the Windy City, including his most memorable call of Jordan's game-winning "shot" in the1989 NBA Playoffs against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Previous Curt Gowdy Media Award Winners

Year       Print                                      Electronic

1990       Dick Herbert                          Curt Gowdy

1991       Dave Dorr                              Marty Glickman

1992       Sam Goldaper                       Chick Hearn

1993       Leonard Lewin                       Johnny Most

1994       Leonard Koppett                    Cawood Ledford

1995       Bob Hammel                         Dick Enberg

1996       Bob Hentzen                          Billy Packer

1997       Bob Ryan                              Marv Albert

1998       Larry Donald/Dick Weiss     Dick Vitale

1999       Smith Barrier                         Bob Costas

2000       Dave Kindred                        Hubie Brown

2001       Curry Kirkpatrick                   Dick Stockton

2002       Jim O’Connell                        Jim Nantz

2003       Sid Hartman                          Hot Rod Hundley

2004       Phil Jasner                             Max Falkenstien

2005       Jack McCallum                     Bill Campbell

2006       Mark Heisler                          Bill Raftery

2007       Malcolm Moran                     Al McCoy

2008       David DuPree                        Bob Wolff

2009       Peter Vecsey                         Doug Collins

2010       Jackie MacMullan                 Joe Tait

2011       Alexander Wolff                    Jim Durham

 

The Gowdy Awards will be presented at the Basketball Hall of Fame in a special ceremony scheduled for August 11.  The award winners will also be recognized at the annual Enshrinement Ceremony,which will be held on Friday, August 12.  For ticket information, please visit http://www.hoophall.com.

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.

Thursday
Jun022011

NBA Executive Brian McIntyre To Receive Hall of Fame’s 2011 John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award

Has spent over 30 years as an executive in the NBA’s league office

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – NBA Executive Brian McIntyre, who has spent over 30 years in the league office, has been selected to receive the 2011 John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, it was announced today.

The Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award was instituted by the Board of Trustees of the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1973 and is the most prestigious award presented by the Hall of Fame outside of Enshrinement. Named in honor of Hall of Famer John W. Bunn (Class of 1964), the first chairman of the Basketball Hall of Fame Committee who served from 1949-1964, the award honors coaches, players and contributors whose outstanding accomplishments have impacted the high school, college, professional or international game.

“Brian McIntyre has dedicated his stellar professional career to the NBA and the game of basketball, making him an outstanding recipient of this year’s John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  “Since joining the NBA, Brian has worked in almost every capacity to help enhance the sport globally and impact the overall growth of the league.”

“The Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award was created to honor our colleagues who have made significant contributions in basketball,” said Jerry Colangelo, Chairman of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Board.  “Over the last three decades, Brian has had a critical role in developing the game around the world through his role at the NBA and helping to develop and implement many of the league’s most important global assets.”

McIntyre, who is in his 33rd NBA season, currently holds the title of Senior Communications Advisor to NBA Commissioner David Stern.

"Few people have done more to help mold the history of the NBA than Brian McIntyre,” said Stern. “During his tenure, he oversaw the NBA's PR efforts for every major event -- from the NBA Draft Lottery to All-Star Weekend to The Finals -- and was intimately involved in the league's international expansion and in the creation of the WNBA and the NBA Development League. More importantly, however, Brian has been a true friend and unwavering in his loyalty to the NBA. I can think of no one more worthy of the John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award. On behalf of the entire NBA family, I congratulate him on this truly deserved honor.”

The NBA hired McIntyre in November 1981 as Director of Public Relations after three and a half years as Director of Marketing and Media Information for the Chicago Bulls. He was promoted to Vice President, Public Relations in March 1989. Under McIntyre, the Public Relations Department expanded to become the Communications Group, and he was named Senior Vice President in November 1997.

In addition to managing public relations activities for every major NBA event from 1982 through 2010 and the emergence of the WNBA and NBA Developmental League, he also created numerous NBA awards, including the Defensive Player of the Year award, the Sixth Man Award, and the Most Improved Player. He was responsible for initiating White House visits by NBA Championship teams, creating a media training program for players, instituting the use of satellite postgame feeds at major NBA events, and a host of other initiatives. In conjunction with USA Basketball, McIntyre has been actively involved in public relations planning, activities, and onsite execution of the 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, and 2008 Olympics and the 1994, 2002, and 2006 World Championship of Basketball.

A graduate of Loyola University of Chicago, McIntyre has served as a member of the FIBA (International Basketball Federation) News Council and on the USA Basketball Media Advisory Committee. He was inducted into the Loyola (Ill.) Academy Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999, and the National Association of Black Journalists honored him with a Merit Award in 2009. The Professional Basketball Writers Association honored McIntyre in 2010 when the organization named its annual media relations tribute "The Brian McIntyre Media Relations Award." He is on the Board of Advisors for Loyola University's School of Communications.

McIntyre will be presented the John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award during the 2011 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame ceremonies, to be held at the “Hall of Fame Family Reunion Dinner” on Thursday, August 11. The annual Enshrinement Ceremony will be held on Friday, August 12.  For ticket information, please visit http://www.hoophall.com.

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.

Thursday
Jun022011

Basketball Hall of Fame, Western Mass. Recovering from Storms

"We would like to thank everyone for their outreach regarding the violent storms that came through Springfield and Western Massachusetts last night.  Fortunately, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame did not have any damage and our staff has all checked in safely.  Our Hall of Fame building has become a centralized command center for Springfield Police, Massachusetts State Police, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and deployed members of the National Guard.  We hope that everyone keeps this region in their thoughts and prayers through the recovery process and our hearts go out to the families who lost loved ones.  The Basketball Hall of Fame is very concerned about the Springfield community and we look forward to the rebuilding of our region where the great game of basketball was invented." 

- John L. Doleva,

President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Wednesday
Jun012011

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Announces Partnership With University of Louisville and University of Memphis to Host the Basketball Hall of Fame Shootout

Two-year series will feature match-up of top programs in men’s college basketball

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. –The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today that it has
formed a partnership with the University of Louisville to host the Basketball Hall of Fame Shootout at
the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday, December 17th at 4:00 pm ET. The
University of Louisville will renew a longtime rivalry with the University of Memphis with a portion of the
proceeds to benefit the non-profit Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.

The game will be broadcast live on CBS Sports. This will be the start of a series between the two
schools with the return game being held in the 2012-13 season at Memphis.

"The Basketball Hall of Fame Shootout will be an incredible platform for our organization with two very
high-profile basketball programs battling on national television," said John L. Doleva, President & CEO
of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. "We would like to thank Louisville and Memphis, as
well as their fans, for supporting the Basketball Hall of Fame."

Both basketball programs have been projected as early top 20 teams for the 2011-12 NCAA Men's
Basketball season. Louisville returns 10 lettermen from its 25-10 BIG EAST Conference Championship
runner-up team, led by point guard Peyton Siva and forward Kyle Kuric, with freshmen Wayne
Blackshear and Chane Behanan expected to be key contributors. Memphis, which finished the 2010-
11 campaign with a 25-10 record and the Conference USA Tournament title, returns the dynamic
backcourt of Will Barton and Joe Jackson and nearly its entire roster while adding impressive
newcomers Adonis Thomas and Stan Simpson.

"Memphis and Louisville have a storied rivalry and a long tradition of competitive games," said
Louisville head coach Rick Pitino. "We're excited to have them back on our schedule."

“Since I got this job two years ago, our fans have talked to me on numerous occasions about the
Memphis-Louisville rivalry, and how much they want to renew the series,” said Memphis head coach
Josh Pastner. “This is a great rivalry not only for the schools and their fans, but it’s also one of college
basketball’s top rivalries. I have a tremendous respect for Coach (Rick) Pitino and what he has done
throughout his career and at Louisville. We are looking forward to an exciting and hard-fought game
with the Cardinals.”

The game will mark the 86th meeting between the two teams and the first since 2005 when both
schools were members of Conference USA. The schools have also previously shared league
memberships in the Missouri Valley Conference and Metro Conference. Louisville has a 51-34 series
advantage.

The University of Louisville will manage the Basketball Hall of Fame Shootout this upcoming
December. Tickets will be handled by Louisville as they would for any other men's basketball home
game and the game will be a part of the Cardinals' season ticket package.

The significant contribution from this game will help the Basketball Hall of Fame in its on-going efforts to
preserve and promote the game at all levels.

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.

Wednesday
May252011

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Announces Enshrinement Week Information

Ceremony to return to Symphony Hall for third straight year; Ticket Packages Now on Sale

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today that the
2011 Enshrinement Ceremony, presented by NIKE Basketball, will once again be held at Symphony
Hall on Friday, August 12. This will mark the third consecutive year that the ceremony will be held at
the historic downtown Springfield landmark. As part of the announcement, the Hall of Fame has also
introduced new ticket options for basketball fans to celebrate the Class of 2011 induction.

“We are thrilled to be holding our Enshrinement Ceremony in the heart of Springfield at Symphony Hall,
which always provides a magnificent backdrop for our most celebrated event,” said John L. Doleva,
President & CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. “We are also pleased to offer a
variety of ticket options for fans to join us this August.”

The Hall of Fame is also introducing a new $99 ticket this year, which includes balcony seating for the
live televised Enshrinement Ceremony and a commemorative Official Yearbook Program. Fans from
Western Massachusetts, throughout the Northeast and around the world are invited to come celebrate
one of the biggest events of the year with this ticket package.

The Class of 2011 inductees include former NBA star and 1992 Dream Team member Chris Mullin;
five-time NBA champion Dennis Rodman; ABA/NBA legend Artis Gilmore and four-time NCAA
women’s coach of the year Tara VanDerveer; in addition to four-time Olympic gold medalist Teresa
Edwards; European star Arvydas Sabonis; all-time NCAA wins leader Herb Magee; eight-time NBA
champion Tom “Satch” Sanders; coaching legend Tex Winter; and former Harlem Globetrotter
Reece “Goose” Tatum, who will be honored posthumously.

“Enshrinement is always one of the highlights each year in Springfield as many of basketball’s legends
return to the roots of the game to welcome in another class of their peers,” said Springfield Mayor
Domenic J. Sarno. “We are excited to have Symphony Hall once again act as the centerpiece for this
city-wide celebration.”

Over 50 former Hall of Famers are once again expected to attend this year’s ceremony including
Charles Barkley, Julius Erving, Phil Jackson and Geno Auriemma, as well as Rick Barry, Hubie
Brown, Van Chancellor, Jerry Colangelo, Jody Conradt, Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, Anne Donovan,
Marques Haynes, Bailey Howell, Dan Issel, Sam Jones, Meadowlark Lemon, Nancy Lieberman,
Moses Malone, Ann Meyers-Drysdale, C.M. Newton, Jack Ramsay, Dolph Schayes and David
Thompson.

“We are honored to host such a prestigious event and to welcome back the Basketball Hall of Fame,”
said Cindy Anzalotti of Symphony Hall. “Since opening our doors in the early 1900s and then through
our renovations in 2004, we are always pleased to represent the City of Springfield.”

The weekend’s signature events culminate with the Celebration Dinner at the Mohegan Sun Resort &
Casino in Uncasville, CT on Saturday, August 13, which features a lavish dinner and live music, the
Parade of Hall of Famers and the Hall of Fame Ring Ceremony. The VIP Pre-Reception grants guests
a premium open bar as Hall of Famers and VIP guests interact outside the magnificent pre-function
space. Tickets to the Celebration Dinner are $350.

For more information on Enshrinement Tickets, please call the Basketball Hall of Fame’s Ticket Office
at (413) 231-5540. Different levels are available – as outlined on page 3 – ranging from $1,000 VIP
tickets to $99. Each ticket price includes a tax-deductible donation to benefit the Naismith Memorial
Basketball Hall of Fame, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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.