Chris Webber Exhibit Welcomes Visitors During Final Days

The Chris Webber Collection of Artifacts & Documents: Final Days of Display at Hall of Fame

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's most recent feature exhibit to be unveiled, the Chris Webber Collection is comprised of African-American art and cultural artifacts dating back to the 1700s. Included items like first-edition books by Booker T. Washington, and personal writings from Frederick Douglass and Martin Luther King, Jr. enhance the cultural and social significance of the exhibit. Located on the Hall of Fame's second floor, Mr. Webber's personal collection will only be on display for a limited time.

Join us for a final look at the inspiring exhibit before it departs from the Hall of Fame on October 31st.


10th Anniversary Spalding Hoophall Classic Teams Unveiled

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Brings Top Teams to Springfield
46 Teams Representing 17 States to Participate in 2011

SPRINGFIELD, MA – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced the high school teams today for its 10th annual Spalding Hoophall Classic, presented by Big Y World Class Markets, to be held at Springfield College’s Blake Arena from January 14-17 during Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend. The nations premier high school event will showcase its strongest field in its history with elite matchups including Dallas Lincoln High School (Dallas, TX) vs. Findlay College Prep (Henderson, NV), Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, VA) vs. Milton High School (Milton, GA) and St. Patrick High School (Elizabeth, NJ) vs. Bishop Gorman High School (Las Vegas, NV).

Numerous games from the 2011 Spalding Hoophall Classic will be televised nationally. Information on these broadcasts will be available shortly. Other legendary programs scheduled to participate include DeMatha Catholic High School (Hyattsville, MD), Christ the King High School (Middle Village, NY), St. Thomas More School (Oakdale, CT) and St. Anthony High School (Jersey City, NJ), coached by Bob Hurley, Sr. who was recently inducted in to the Hall of Fame in August.

“When we started the Hoophall Classic 10 years ago, we could never have dreamed that it would turn into such a true celebration of high school basketball with a number of elite programs and players coming to Springfield,” said John L. Doleva, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Recent alumni from the Spalding Hoophall Classic have included 43 McDonald’s All Americans and 34 Jordan Brand Classic All-Americans since 2007. The class of 2010 was highlighted by Jared Sullinger (Ohio State), Kyrie Irving (Duke), Tobias Harris (Tennessee), Cory Joseph (Texas) and Brandon Knight (Kentucky). Further, 13 alumni from the Spalding Hoophall Classic were selected in the 2010 NBA Draft this past June including lottery picks Derrick Favors (New Jersey), DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento), Al-Farouq Aminu (Los Angeles Clippers), Xavier Henry (Memphis) and Ed Davis (Toronto).

The 2011 event continues its tradition of talented players by featuring more than 20 of the ESPNU’s Top 100 in the class of 2011, including top 10 stars Michael Gilchrist (St. Patrick’s/Elizabeth, NJ), Quincy Miller (Westchester Country Day School/High Point), Myck Kabongo (Findlay Prep/Hendersonville, NV), Anthony Davis (Perspectives/Chicago, IL), LeBryan Nash (Lincoln/Dallas, TX) as well as top juniors Andre  Drummond (St. Thomas More School/Oakdale, CT), Shabazz Muhammad (Bishop Gorman/Las Vegas, NV) and DaJuan Coleman (Jamesville-DeWitt/Syracuse, NY).

“Spalding is proud to partner with the Basketball Hall of Fame to support the Hoophall Classic, both of which epitomize the elite level of basketball that our brand strives for, “ said Spalding representative, Gary Barfield. “And as fans of the game, we look forward to four days of the best basketball in the country.”

In addition to the game, Spalding also sponsors the Spalding Skills Challenge. The Skills Challenge features three events including the Spalding Half-Court Hustle, Spalding 3-Point Shootout and the Spalding Slam Dunk Contest at Blake Arena on Sunday, January 16th. An associated youth tournament, Junior Hoophall Classic, will return this year with details located at, the online home of the Republican, will provide extensive coverage of the 2011 Hoophall Classic including game stories, videos, stats, photos and player interviews. Log on to for complete coverage.

The Spalding Hoophall Classic is presented by Big Y World Class Markets. Supporting sponsors for the Hoophall Classic are NIKE, SLAM Magazine and Polar Beverages.

Tickets for the event are $13 for adults and $10 for youth/students (18 and under). All Big Y world Class Market members will again receive a special ticket. For more information, please visit the official web site,

About Spalding
Division of Russell Corporation, the Spalding Group is now the largest basketball equipment supplier in the world. Spalding is the official basketball of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), the official backboard of the NBA and NCAA, the official volleyball of the King of the Beach Volleyball Tour and the official football of Pop Warner. In addition to being the leading producer and marketer of basketballs, footballs, volleyballs and soccer balls, Spalding produces softballs under the Dudley brand. For more information, visit

About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the birthplace of basketball, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame promotes and preserves the game of basketball at every level – professional, collegiate, men and women. For more information on these and other upcoming events, please visit our website at or call 1-877-4-HOOPLA.


Basketball Hall of Fame Announces 2010 Tip-Off Teams and Schedule

MassMutual Center hosts the Tip-Off on Nov 20, Nov 21 and Nov 22

Springfield, MA – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame today has announced the complete field of teams and game schedule for the re-birth of the longtime Springfield tradition in the city that basketball was born.  The Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off will take place on Saturday November 20, Sunday November 21 and Monday November 22 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.  Twelve schools across all three NCAA basketball Divisions will compete in three days of competitive action.

 “Mixing high quality Division I basketball and the local Division II and Division III basketball community at the MassMutual Center  is an exciting announcement for the Hall of Fame,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame.  “The Tip-Off will once again become one of the Hall of Fame’s anchor events and add to the other high profile and successful basketball events hosted by the Hall of Fame annually.  We look forward to welcoming all of these schools to the Hall of Fame for a great weekend of basketball.”

 The game schedule opens with four games on November 20, followed by three games on November 21 and November 22.   Teams scheduled to participate include:  Bradley University (Missouri Valley),  Dowling College (Division II), Loyola Marymount University (West Coast Conference), New Mexico State University (WAC), University of Massachusetts (Atlantic 10), Rider University (MAAC), University of Southern California (Pac-10), and TCU  (Mountain West).  

 On Monday November 22, two additional games will be played involving Division II American International College and Springfield College from Division III.  American International College will challenge LeMoyne College while Springfield College takes on Lyndon State in the opening game.

 In addition to the games at the MassMutual Center, Bradley University, New Mexico State University, University of Massachusetts, University of Southern California, and TCU will each host campus site games as part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off. 

 The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference will serve as the host conference for the annual event.  The MAAC will host the men’s and women’s basketball championships at the MassMutual Center in Springfield from 2012 through 2014. 

 Ticket packages to the 2010 Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off at the MassMutual Center will go on-sale Monday September 27th at 10:00 AM EST.  For more information on purchasing tickets or other tournament information, log onto



12 Noon                               Loyola Marymount University vs. Dowling College

2:30 PM                                Rider University vs. TCU

5:00 PM                                Bradley University vs. University of Southern California

7:30 PM                                University of Massachusetts vs. New Mexico State University


12 Noon                               Loyola Marymount University vs. Rider University

2:30 PM                                New Mexico State University vs. University of Southern California

5:00 PM                                Bradley University vs. TCU


4:00 PM                                Springfield College vs. Lyndon State College

6:00 PM                                American International College vs. LeMoyne College

8:00 PM                                University of Massachusetts vs. TCU

 About the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

The MAAC, headquartered in Edison, N.J., consists of 10 member institutions: Canisius College, Fairfield University, Iona College, Loyola University Maryland, Manhattan College, Marist College, Niagara University, Rider University, Saint Peter's College and Siena College. For more on the conference, please visit

About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame:

Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the Birthplace of Basketball, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame promotes and preserves the game of basketball at every level – professional, collegiate, men and women.  For more information on these and other upcoming events, please visit our website at or call 413-781-6500.


Hall of Fame Trustee Jim Vinick Presented with 2010 Chairman's Cup

The Basketball Hall of Fame today announced that James E. Vinick was presented with the 2010 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Chairman’s Cup, an honor recognizing Vinick’s support to the Hall of Fame as one of its longest serving Board members and trustees. The award was presented at the Hall’s annual Reunion Dinner on Thursday evening, August 12th.

“We are very proud to present Jim Vinick with the 2010 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Chairman’s Cup,” said Hall of Fame Board Chairman Jerry Colangelo.  “Jim is a long-serving member of our Board who has consistently given selflessly in his many years of service to the Hall. Clearly, his commitment to the Basketball Hall of Fame is second to none and his love of the institution is unparalleled.”

Vinick grew up in Springfield, Mass., not far from the original Hall of Fame on the campus of Springfield College. He is a 1962 graduate of Boston University - School of Management and later attended the New York Institute of Finance. Vinick was the recipient of the Boston University School of Management Distinguished Alumni Award and is very involved in raising money for The Jimmy Fund at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in memory of his late son, Jeffrey. Vinick was the recipient of the Jimmy Fund’s Bob Cheyne Lifetime Commitment Award. He currently serves as Senior Vice President of Moors & Cabot Investments. Prior to Moors & Cabot, he held posts as Senior VP at Advest, Inc., Dean Witter Reynolds and at Sherson-Hammill. During the 1980's and 1990's Vinick worked as the financial editor and commentator of WGGB-TV 40 and as a financial editor of WHYN AM-FM Affiliated Broadcasting.

Vinick helped foster the first Basketball Hall of Fame on the Campus of Springfield College and has been an enthusiastic supporter of the museum ever since, contributing to the success of the Hall while being very proud of its presence in his hometown of Springfield. The Hall of Fame has been privileged to help Vinick honor his late son, Jeffrey, with the Jeffrey Vinick Locker Room exhibit at the previous Hall of Fame, built in 1985, and at the new Hall with the dedication of the flagpole and monument gracing the front of the building.

“On behalf of all of your colleagues and friends at the Hall of Fame, we extend our sincere best wishes and congratulations on this well deserved honor,” said Basketball Hall of Fame President and CEO, John L. Doleva. “We are grateful for your service and will continue to rely on your passion, commitment, expertise and generosity as we continue to make the Basketball Hall of Fame the best it can be.”


Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement 2010: The Dream Theme

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - AUG. 13, 2010 -- Dreams were the theme Friday morning at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as the largest collection of current and incoming Hall of Famers ever assembled at one time were presented to the media as a prelude to their formal enshrinement Friday night.

"It's a dream I could have never dreamed," WNBA great Cynthia Cooper said of her selection to the Hall of Fame, "but it came true."

High school coaching legend Bob Hurley, Sr., echoed the feeling after being introduced moments later.

"Dreams come true," Hurley said.

This year’s class of inductees also includes Dr. Jerry Buss, Karl Malone and Scottie Pippen, along with two celebrated teams: the 1960 US Men’s Olympic team  and the 1992 US Men’s Olympic team, known as the “Dream Team.”  The Class of 2010 also includes three legendary players: Dennis Johnson, Gus Johnson and international star Maciel “Ubiratan” Pereira, all of whom will be honored posthumously.

Malone and Pippen were members of the 1992 "Dream Team," along with Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Charles Barkley.

We had fun every day," Barkley said of the experience in Barcelona. "There were no egos."

Jerry West, speaking for the members of the 1960 Olympic team that won a gold medal in Rome, said the experience was a singular moment in his lifetime.

"It's so gratifying to share this with my teammates," West said of the squad that included Oscar Robertson, Jerry Lucas and Walt Bellamy. "The greatest thrill of my life was to win a gold medal."

The enshrinement ceremony will take place at 7 PM (ET) at Springfield Symphony Hall and will be televised by NBA TV.

More on this year’s class:

JERRY BUSS – Contributor, has owned the Los Angeles Lakers since 1979, building one of the most successful organizations in the history of professional sports. The Lakers have won 10 NBA championships and 17 Western Conference titles during his tenure.

CYNTHIA COOPER – Player, is a champion in every sense of the word. She led the University of Southern California to two NCAA titles. As a member of the Houston Comets, she won four WNBA Championships and was named WNBA Finals MVP time. Cooper won an Olympic Gold Medal in 1988 to go along with two FIBA Women’s World Championship Gold Medals.

ROBERT “Bob” HURLEY, Sr. – Coach, has since compiled over 900 wins at St. Anthony’s High School in New Jersey while leading the team to 25 State Parochial Championships and three USA Today National Championships (1989, 1996, 2008). Hurley was twice named National Coach of the Year by USA Today (1989, 1996).

DENNIS JOHNSON – Player, who died on Feb. 22, 2007, was one of basketball’s toughest defenders, earning nine consecutive NBA All-Defensive team honors during his 14-year professional career. He was a major part of three NBA championship teams and won MVP honors at the 1979 Finals as a member of the Seattle SuperSonics. He finished his NBA career with the Boston Celtics (1983-90), winning NBA championship rings in 1984 and 1986.

GUS JOHNSON – Player, was a five-time NBA All-Star (1965, ‘68-71) and a two-time member of the NBA’s All-Defensive team (1970 and ’71). Johnson helped lead the Baltimore Bullets to five playoff appearances in nine seasons, including the 1971 NBA Finals. He played 10 years in the NBA, scored 9,944 points (17.1 ppg) and grabbed 7,379 rebounds (12.7 rpg). Johnson also played for the Phoenix Suns (1972-73) and was a member of the 1973 ABA Champion Indiana Pacers. (Born: Dec. 13,1938; Died: April 29,1987)

KARL MALONE – Player, was a two-time NBA Most Valuable Player (1997, ’99) and a 14-time NBA All-Star for the Utah Jazz. He was named one of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players in 1996 and ranks second on the NBA’s all-time scoring list with 36,928 points. Malone was selected as an All-NBA first team forward from 1989-99 and was named to the league’s All-Defensive first team from 1997-99. He won two Olympic gold medals, competing as a member of the 1992 USA Basketball “Dream Team” and the 1996 USA Olympic champions. Malone played collegiately at Louisiana Tech from 1981-1985. He finished his NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2003-04.

MACIEL “UBIRATAN” PEREIRA – Player, was known as “The King” in his native Brazil. He earned a gold medal at the 1963 World Championship, a silver medal at the 1970 World Championship and a bronze medal at the 1964 Olympic Games. Closer to home, he won five South American Championships and 11 titles in the São Paulo League in Brazil. He played in three Olympic Games for Brazil and was inducted as a player to the FIBA Hall of Fame in September, 2009. He was awarded the FIBA “Order of Merit” honor. (Born: Jan.18,1944; Died: July 17, 2002).

SCOTTIE PIPPEN – Player, was a seven-time NBA All-Star (1990, 1992-97) and a member of six NBA championship teams with the Chicago Bulls (1991-93, 1996-98). He was a three-time All-NBA first team honoree and was voted to the NBA All-Defensive first team from 1992-99, along with two stints on the All-Defensive second team. Pippen won two Olympic gold medals as he was a member of the 1992 USA Basketball “Dream Team” and returned to help lead the USA to gold at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.  He won NBA All-Star MVP honors in 1994.  Pippen also played with the Houston Rockets (1998-99) and Portland Trail Blazers (1999-2003). He is a native of Hamburg, Arkansas and played collegiately at the University of Central Arkansas (1983-87).

1960 USA OLYMPIC TEAM – Team, compiled an 8-0 record at the Rome Olympic Games and won its games by an average margin of 42.4 points. Ten players went on to play in the NBA and six team members have been enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, including coaches Pete Newell and Dutch Lonborg.  The Hall of Fame players from the ’60 team are Walt Bellamy, Jerry Lucas, Oscar Robertson and Jerry West. Lucas and Robertson led the team in scoring with 17.0 ppg as the team averaged 101.9 ppg while holding its opponents to 59.5 ppg, a 42.4 point margin of victory. The 1960 team was inducted into the USA Olympic Hall of Fame in 1984.

1992 USA OLYMPIC TEAM known as “The Dream Team” – Team, compiled an 8-0 record at the Barcelona Olympic Games with an average margin of victory of 43.8. Coached by a Hall of Famer, the late Chuck Daly, the “Dream Team” was the first team made up primarily of NBA players, eligible to compete in international basketball for the first time because of the change of FIBA rules in 1989. Eight players from the team have been enshrined into the Basketball Hall of Fame, and two more (Malone and Pippen) are in the Class of 2010. The prior inductees include Charles Barkley, Larry Bird, Clyde Drexler, Patrick Ewing, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, David Robinson, and John Stockton. Hall of Fame coaches Mike Krzyzewski and Lenny Wilkens assisted Daly, while Chris Mullin, a 2010 Hall of Fame finalist, and college standout Christian Laettner of Duke University completed the roster.  The ’92 Dream team was inducted into the USA Olympic Hall of Fame in 2009.