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.

Thursday
Sep062012

Basketball Hall of Fame to Honor the Late Dave Gavitt With the Naming of the Tip-Off Tournament Championship Trophy

The newly named trophy will be called “The Gavitt Cup”

Springfield, Mass. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the naming of its Tip-Off Tournament championship trophy as The Gavitt Cup, in honor and recognition of Hall of Famer Dave Gavitt, a true architect of the modern game of college basketball.  Beginning his career as the coach of Providence College, Gavitt made an impact in college basketball as the founder of the Big East Conference, Chairperson of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee and President of USA Basketball.  He was also the Chairman of the Board for the Basketball Hall of Fame during one of the organization’s most critical periods as he was truly instrumental with the building of the new current facility.

“The Hall of Fame is proud to announce the naming of the Tip-Off Tournament trophy in recognition of Dave Gavitt and his family,” John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame.  “Dave impacted the lives of countless student-athletes and we are honored to celebrate his life and dedication to college basketball through the naming and presentation of this trophy.”

As coach of the Friars from 1969 to 1979, Gavitt led Providence College to 209 wins, including eight consecutive 20-win seasons, five NCAA tournament appearances, the 1973 Final Four, and three NIT appearances. Gavitt galvanized efforts to create the Big East Conference in 1979 and served as the powerhouse conference's first commissioner until 1990.

His work with the Division I Men's Basketball Committee resulted in the expansion of the NCAA tournament to 64 teams and the use of domed stadiums for the Final Four. His lengthy résumé and contributions to New England basketball includes serving as Senior Executive Vice-President of the Boston Celtics from 1990 to 1994 and Chairman of the Hall of Fame from 1995 to 2003. Dave was inducted in to the Hall of Fame in 2006.

The annual Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament, an NCAA men’s exempt tournament, is sponsored by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference will take place on Saturday, November 17, and Sunday, November 18 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut highlighted by eight schools in two four-team brackets.  

This year’s Tip-Off tournament teams are Loyola – MD (MAAC), Norfolk State University (MEAC), Ohio State University (Big Ten), Seton Hall University (Big East), University of Albany (America East), University of Missouri at Kansas City (Summit League), University of Rhode Island (Atlantic 10) and the University of Washington (Pac-12).

Tickets are available via the Mohegan Sun Arena box office and all Ticketmaster outlets.  

The 2012 Tip-Off Tournament Brackets are:

Naismith Bracket
Ohio State University
Seton Hall University
University of Washington
University of Rhode Island

Springfield Bracket
University of Albany
Loyola University of Maryland
UMKC
Norfolk State

For more information on the Hall of Fame Tip-Off, ticket packages, hospitality packages for the weekend games and campus site schedule, log onto www.halloffametipoff.com

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.

About Mohegan Sun:
Mohegan Sun, owned by the Mohegan Tribe, is one of the largest, most distinctive and spectacular entertainment, gaming and shopping destinations in the United States.  Situated on 240 acres along the Thames River in scenic southeastern Connecticut, Mohegan Sun is within easy access of New York, Boston, Hartford and Providence and located 15 minutes from the museums, antique shops and waterfront of Mystic Country.  More information is available by calling 1.888.226.7711 or visiting mohegansun.com.  Connect with us on facebook.com/mohegansun, follow us on twitter.com/mohegansun and view us on youtube.com/mohegansunvideos.

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 www.maacsports.com.

Thursday
Sep062012

NBA Pioneer Wayne Embry Presented With 2012 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Chairman's Cup

Embry was the first African-American general manager in professional sports

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Basketball Hall of Fame today announced that Wayne Embry is this year’s recipient of the 2012 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Chairman’s Cup, an honor recognizing Embry’s support to the Hall of Fame through the years. The award was announced at the annual Reunion Dinner Thursday evening, September 6th.

“Wayne established himself as a true pioneer in basketball -- who, with quiet determination and great strength of character, made a lasting and historic impact on the game to which he dedicated his life,” said Hall of Fame Board Chairman Jerry Colangelo. “We would like to thank him for his hard work, dedication and vision of success for the Basketball Hall of Fame by presenting him with the 2012 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Chairman’s Cup.”

A native of Springfield, Ohio, Embry attended Miami University (Ohio) where he was a two-time honorable mention All-American selection. During his tenure at Miami, he was the team’s leading scorer, team captain and MVP in 1957 and 1958. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in education and a minor in business administration. He later went on to play 11 seasons professionally with the Cincinnati Royals, Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks. He was on the 1968 Championship team with the Boston Celtics. In 1971, Embry was named General Manager of the Milwaukee Bucks, becoming the first African-American GM in the NBA.  From 1985 to 1992, he was vice president and general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers and became the NBA’s first African-American team president with the Cavaliers in 1994.

“Wayne has served as a trustee for the Basketball Hall of Fame for many years and he has been very instrumental in the planning and execution of the new direction of our organization at all levels,” said Basketball Hall of Fame President and CEO, John L. Doleva. “We cannot thank Wayne enough for his commitment to the game of basketball and the Hall throughout his career.”

Since leaving the Cavaliers and the NBA after over 50 years, Embry has dedicated his life to giving back.  He is actively involved in a substantial number of initiatives in the community.  In 2004 Embry published an autobiography entitled, “The Inside Game: Race, Power, and Politics in the NBA.” He was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame as contributor to the sport in 1999 and has served on the board of trustees since 1974.

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
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.

Tuesday
Aug282012

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Announces Enshrinement Ceremony Presenters

Tickets still available as over 50 Hall of Famers expected to honor Class of 2012

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced the list of Hall of Fame players and coaches who will serve as presenters for the 2012 Enshrinement Ceremony, presented by Nike Basketball, on Friday, September 7th at Springfield Symphony Hall.

Members of the incoming 2012 class for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony were asked to select a previous inductee to accompany and present the new member of the Basketball Hall of Fame to his or her peers. The choice is solely the decision of the incoming Hall of Famer. Over 50 Hall of Famers are expected to be in attendance for this year’s ceremony including all presenters.

The 12-member Class of 2012 inductees includes five-time NBA All-Star Reggie Miller; all-time winningest coach in NBA History Don Nelson; NCAA basketball official Hank Nichols; three-time Naismith Award winner Ralph Sampson; three-time NBA All-Star Jamaal Wilkes; first women’s professional basketball team All American Red Heads; two-time Olympic Gold medalist Katrina McClain; early African-American pioneer Don Barksdale; International coaching legend Lidia Alexeeva; ABA/NBA superstar Mel Daniels; seven-time NBA All-Star Chet Walker; and one of the most significant contributors to the game of basketball Phil Knight.

2012 Inductees and Presenters
All American Redheads, presented by Hall of Fame player Teresa Edwards (’11)

Lidia Alexeeva (will not be present)

Don Barksdale, presented by Hall of Fame player Bob Cousy (’71)

Mel Daniels, presented by Hall of Fame players Wayne Embry (’99) & Artis Gilmore (’11)

Phil Knight, presented by Hall of Fame player Michael Jordan (’09) and Hall of Fame coach John Thompson (’99)

Katrina McClain, presented by Hall of Fame players Teresa Edwards (’11) & Julius Erving (’93) and Hall of Fame coach C. Vivian Stringer (’09)

Hank Nichols, presented by Hall of Fame contributor Hubie Brown (’05)

Don Nelson, presented by Hall of Fame players Chris Mullin (’11), Bob Lanier (‘92) and Satch Sanders (’11)

Reggie Miller, presented by Hall of Fame players Cheryl Miller (’95), Charles Barkley (’06) & Earvin “Magic” Johnson (’02)

Ralph Sampson, presented by Hall of Fame players Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (’95), Julius Erving (‘93) and Charles Barkley (’06)

Chet Walker, presented by Hall of Fame players Billy Cunningham (’86), Earl Monroe (’90), Adrian Dantley (’08) and Isiah Thomas (’00)

Jamaal Wilkes, presented by Hall of Fame players Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (’95), Earvin “Magic” Johnson (’02), Rick Barry (’87) and Bill Walton (’93)

For more information on Enshrinement Tickets, please call the Basketball Hall of Fame’s Ticket Office at (413) 231-5540. Different levels are available. 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, men and women.  

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