Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Announces 12 Finalists for 2011 Election

Friday, February 18, 2011

-- Chris Mullin, Dennis Rodman, Herb Magee and Tara VanDerveer Headline Finalists --

LOS ANGELES, Calif. and SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame today announced an elite list of players, coaches, contributors, officials and teams as the 12 finalists to be considered for election in 2011.  The recognition of being honored as a Hall of Fame finalist is a career highlight in the sport of basketball. This year’s list includes five-time NBA all-star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Chris Mullin; five-time NBA champion Dennis Rodman; two-time NCAA champion coach Tara VanDerveer and the all-time NCAA wins leader, Division II coach Herb Magee.  Mullin joins previous finalists Jamaal Wilkes and Tex Winter to be considered for enshrinement.  The announcement was made today in Los Angeles, as part of the 2011 NBA All-Star Weekend.

The Hall of Fame election process will also have a new look with the 2011 class.  In previous years, four separate screening committees – North American, Women’s, International and Veteran’s – have reviewed the candidacies of more than 100 nominations.  This year, there will be the addition of the newly formed American Basketball Association (ABA) and Early African-American Pioneers of the Game committees.  Developed to maintain a strong focus on keeping history on the forefront of the voting process, these specialist committees will preserve a balance between two eras of basketball.  Both the ABA and Early African-American Pioneers committees will each select one directly-elected Enshrinee for the annual Hall of Fame class, but since these single selected Electees are not designated as Finalists, the selections will be announced with the final class in April.

“An important role of the Hall of Fame is recognizing and celebrating the history of the game of basketball,” said Jerry Colangelo, chairman of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Board of Governors.  “The addition of the ABA Committee and Early African-American Pioneers of the Game Committee help ensure that we have experts that put the game into historical context and show the true diversity that has helped shape the modern game.”

The complete list of finalists include from the North American Screening Committee: players Maurice Cheeks, Chris Mullin, Dennis Rodman, Ralph Sampson and Jamaal Wilkes; coaches Herb Magee, Dick Motta and Tex Winter; contributor Alvin Attles and referee Hank Nichols. From the Women’s Screening Committee: Teresa Edwards and Tara VanDerveer.

The Class of 2011 will be announced on Monday, April 4 at a news conference in Houston prior to the NCAA’s Men’s Championship game. A Finalist needs 18 of 24 votes from the Honors Committee for election into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The Class of 2011 will be enshrined during festivities in Springfield, Mass. on Friday, August 12. Tickets to the 2011 Enshrinement and Induction Celebration are available by calling the Hall of Fame at (413) 231-5550.

Women’s Committee Nominees

TERESA EDWARDS – Player, was the first American basketball player to participate in five Olympic games – winning gold in four of them and bronze in the fifth.  In college, she was a two-time Kodak All-America selection while leading Georgia twice to the Final Four.  For her efforts, she has been elected to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, National High School Sports Hall of Fame, Georgia Sports Hall of Fame and US Olympic Hall of Fame.

TARA VANDERVEER – Coach, began her collegiate coaching career in 1978 and continues today at Stanford University.  She has guided the Cardinal to two NCAA championships and has won nearly 800 games in her tenure.  At the International level, she has won Olympic gold in 1996 as well as gold in the Goodwill Games and World University Games.  She has been named a three-time national coach of the year and has guided teams to eight Final Fours.

North American Committee Finalists:

ALVIN ATTLES – Contributer, has contributed 50 consecutive years of service to the Golden State Warriors as a player, player-coach, coach, general manager, vice president and consultant.  He became the winningest coach in Warriors history and led the Warriors to the 1975 NBA Championship.  Currently, he serves as the vice president/assistant general manager of the Warriors, a position he has held since 1987.

MAURICE CHEEKS – Player, has been involved in the NBA either at the playing level or coaching level since 1978.  As a player, he has be named to four NBA all-star games, a four-time NBA all-defensive team selection, member of one NBA championship team and set the steals and assist records for Philadelphia.  This Chicago native would then go onto coaching careers with the Portland Trailblazers and Philadelphia 76ers.

HERB MAGEE – Coach, he has won more than 900 games at Division II Philadelphia University where he has coached since 1966.  His victory count is good for first all-time in NCAA basketball history for any level at the same institution and he continues to be active today at Philly U.  He has guided the school to 25 NCAA Division II Tournament appearances, has won 20 or more games in 30 years and has one NCAA National Championship.

DICK MOTTA – Coach, had success at all levels of the game – starting at the junior college level in 1954.  He’s collected more than 1,000 victories while at the junior college, high school, collegiate and NBA levels.  He guided the Washington Bullets to the 1978 NBA Championship, won NBA Coach of the Year in 1971, led Weber State to two Big Sky regular season championships, and won a state high school championship at Grace High School.

CHRIS MULLIN – Player, a high school All-America from New York City, he was a five-time NBA all-star and collegiate standout at St. John’s, where he was named Big East Player of the Year an unprecedented three times.  He won two Olympic gold medals, including one as a member of the 1992 ‘Dream Team’, and his 16 NBA seasons with Golden State and Indiana produced over 17,000 points, 3,000 rebounds and 3,000 assists.  He was an NBA first team pick in 1992, and still holds the all-time scoring record at St. John’s, where he was named the Wooden Award Winner and a Sporting News All-America in 1985.

HANK NICHOLS – Referee, focused his career in basketball around the rules of the game.  A long-time NCAA basketball official who has refereed six national championship games and 10 final fours – officiated at the top of collegiate basketball for decades.  He officiated on the world stage officiating two Olympic games and one European championship.  After his officiating career, he would become the national coordinator of officials for the NCAA and was instrumental in the progression of rules changes at the collegiate level.

DENNIS RODMAN – Player, known for his rebounding and defensive skills – he would win five NBA championships, three with Chicago and two with Detroit.  Named the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year twice, he was named to a total of seven all-defensive first teams while being selected to two NBA all-star games.  His rebounding statistics still rank as some of the best in history. 

RALPH SAMPSON – Player, one of the top collegiate players of all-time, he would be recognized as the only three-time national player of the year and was chosen also a consensus All-America at Virginia.  His accolades at the collegiate level also included being named Wooden Award and Naismith Award winners while leading Virginia to the NIT championship and one final four appearance.  In the NBA, he was named to three NBA all-star games, collected Rookie of the Year honors and was named MVP of the NBA all-star game in 1985.

JAMAAL WILKES – Player, this California native played under Hall of Famer John Wooden at UCLA prior to a successful NBA career with the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers.  At UCLA, he would win two National Championships and receive All-America honors in 1974.  His NBA career would be highlighted by four NBA Championships, being named a three-time NBA all-star and received Rookie of the Year honors in 1975.

TEX WINTER – Coach, began his coaching career in 1947 as an assistant with Kansas State University and continued at the collegiate and NBA levels until 2006.  He was part of nine NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers and is known for building the foundation of the triangle-post offense, which helped form dynasties at the Bulls and Lakers.  He was the youngest coach in college basketball history to receive Coach of the Year honors and guided Kansas State to six NCAA appearances and two final fours.

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, please visit our website at or call the Basketball Hall of Fame at 1-877-4-HOOPLA.


Special Appearances Highlight February Vacation Week at Hall of Fame

Globetrotters & Celtics’ Mascot Lucky to Perform

SPRINGFIELD, MA – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is pleased to welcome the Harlem Globetrotters and the official mascot of the NBA’s Boston Celtics, Lucky, to appear at the Hall of Fame during February School Vacation Week.

Lucky will appear at the Hall of Fame on Tuesday, February 22 at 2pm. The Celtics’ mascot will perform his awe-inspiring slam dunk show on Center Court, with spectators welcome to watch from the stands on the court, or from the floors above.  Lucky will be available for autographs and photos after his show.

The Globetrotters are scheduled to perform on Thursday, February 24 at 1pm. Team members scheduled to be in attendance include: Buckets Blakes, Firefly Fisher, Thunder Petway, Handles Franklin, Dizzy Grant, Hammer Harrison, Hacksaw Hall, Rocket Rivers, Hi Rise Brown, Zeus Stewart, Scooter Christensen, Bull Bullard, & Slick Willie Shaw (player lineup subject to change). After their show on Center Court, join the Globetrotters for an autograph session.

Throughout the week the Hall of Fame will also be hosting daily contests on Center Court, awarding prizes to winners, and film showings in the Hall of Fame’s Theater. For operating hours click HERE, or call us at 413-781-6500.


Hall of Famer, Cesare Rubini, Passes Away at Age of 87

The Hall of Fame celebrates the life and mourns the passing of Cesare Rubini, HOF Class of 1994.

SPRINGFIELD, MA – February 8, 2011 – Hall of Famer Cesare Rubini passed away in Milan Tuesday morning at the age of 87, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.  The only individual inducted into two sports’ Halls of Fame, Rubini was known as one of Italy’s best all-around athletes and sportsman. He was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 1994, and in 2000 was also inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as a Water Polo Player.

“Cesare Rubini was a remarkable athlete and coach whose impact on basketball, in particular, and sports, in general, can never be underestimated”, said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  “Our thoughts are with the Rubini family as we reflect on the remarkable, positive impact that his life’s work had on the growth and development of basketball in Italy and throughout the world.  His life and achievements will be celebrated here at the Hall of Fame today and throughout the years to come.”
In 1994, when Cesare Rubini was elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame, headlines of his achievements blazed across newspapers in his beloved Italy. The native son had dedicated five decades of his life to the establishment, structure, refinement, and advancement of Italian basketball and tirelessly made Italian basketball an international contender. As both a player and a coach from 1941 to 1978, Rubini methodically built both the Simmenthal Club of Milan and Italian basketball from scratch. During this time, Rubini won fifteen Italian Basketball championships, five as a player (1950-55), and ten as a coach. In 31 years as head coach of the Simmenthal Club of Milan, Rubini won nearly 80 percent of his games.
A graduate of the University of Trieste, Rubini had been a member of FIBA's Central Board since 1984, and served as president of the World Association of Basketball Coaches since 1979.

Basketball Hall Of Fame Announces Final Ten Candidates For 2011 Bob Cousy Award

List of 70 plus narrowed to 20, now down to ten, Fan Voting Begins

FEBRUARY 7, 2011 - The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield,
Massachusetts announced today the final ten candidates in consideration for the 2011 Bob
Cousy Award. This annual award is given to college basketball’s top point guard and is named
after Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic great Bob Cousy. An original list of 70 plus
candidates made up of players from around the country was trimmed by a Hall of Fame
appointed, nationally based committee to 20 and has now narrowed that list to a final ten.

“This final list of ten players represents the best of the best in college basketball at the point
guard position,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “We
look forward to recognizing the nation’s top college basketball point guard and wish all the
candidates best of luck.”

“We have many excellent candidates for the 2011 award that share Mr. Cousy’s vision of a point
guard. We look forward to following each of these players as the season heads to the final weeks
and recognize the top player in college basketball at the point guard position at the Final Four,”
said Ken Kaufman, Chair of the 2011 Bob Cousy Award.

Beginning February 8, via the Bob Cousy Award’s website – – fans will
be able to vote for the top point guard. The player that receives the most fan votes will receive
one vote toward the final committee vote. Fan voting will run one month – beginning February 8
and will conclude March 8.

The current listing of ten finalists for the 2011 Bob Cousy Award will be narrowed down to five
players by March 10th. The final five players in contention for the award will be presented to
Mr. Cousy and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee. These Hall of Fame committees are
made up of top college basketball personnel including media members, head coaches, Sports
Information Directors and Hall of Famers. The winner of the 2011 Bob Cousy Award will be
awarded at the Hall of Fame’s Class Announcement on Monday April 4th in Houston, Texas as
part of NCAA Final Four weekend.

2011 Bob Cousy Award Finalists:

Norris Cole, Cleveland State
Corey Fisher, Villanova
Jimmer Fredette, BYU
DJ Gay, San Diego State
Brandon Knight, Kentucky
Demetri McCamey, Illinois
Mickey McConnell, St. Mary’s
Nolan Smith, Duke
Isaiah Thomas, Washington
Kemba Walker, Connecticut

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 Winners Of 2011 Morgan Wootten Award

Award Recognizes excellence in high school coaching

SPRINGFIELD, MASS. - FEBRUARY 7, 2011 – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame today announced the 2011 winners of the Morgan Wootten Award for Lifetime Achievement in Coaching High School Basketball. The annual awards, one for boys basketball and one for girls basketball, is named after Morgan Wootten, one of two coaches enshrined into the Basketball Hall of Fame that exclusively coached high school basketball.

The 2011 winner of the Morgan Wootten Award for boys’ basketball is Bob Hurley. Coach Hurley has coached basketball at St. Anthony’s High School in Jersey City, New Jersey since 1972 building a local program into a national powerhouse in a community where hard times are a constant reminder of a world that is both uncertain and unsympathetic. Hurley has been more than a coach to his players; he has been a teacher, a father figure, advisor, mentor, and friend. The victories and championships are there to count, but the true measure of the man is the scores of young lives he has permanently touched. Coach Hurley was enshrined into the Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2010 and has just recently earned his 1,000 career victory at St. Anthony.

The 2011 winner of the Morgan Wootten Award for girls’ basketball is Gene Klinge of Iowa. Coach Klinge has been on the sidelines coaching for nearly 50 years including the transition from six-person basketball to five-person basketball in the state of Iowa. His career began in 1962, and for the next 41 years he coached at West Central of Maynard where he would win 817 games before leaving the school in 2003. His next stop and where he still currently coaches is Waukon High School. In his first year at Waukon, he led the team to a 28-0 record and the state championship. Entering this season, Coach Klinge has won 956 total games and is currently the all-time wins leader in the girls basketball crazy state of Iowa.

“The selection of these two legendary high school coaches for this year’s Morgan Wootten Award continues the Hall of Fame’s goal of honoring excellence in the sport of basketball at all levels,” said John. L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “These coaches have touched the lives of thousands of basketball players and we are proud to recognize their lifetime achievement at the high school level.”

“Bob Hurley and Gene Klinge represent the very finest in high school basketball. As outstanding teachers, coaches and role models, they have touched the lives of thousands of young people. I am extremely pleased that I will able to present the Lifetime Achievement Awards to these fine coaches at this year’s McDonald’s All-American Games,” said Hall of Fame Class of 2000 member Morgan Wootten.

The Morgan Wootten Award winners were selected by a nationally based committee comprised of Hall of Famers, national high school media members, tournament directors and others that have significantly impacted the game. The awards will be presented by Morgan Wootten at the 2011 McDonald’s  All-American Game events this March in Chicago, Illinois.

Previous award boys’ basketball award winners have included Jack Curran (Archbishop Molloy, NY), Joe Gallagher (St. John’s College, DC), Ralph Tasker (Hobbs High School, NM) and Robert Hughes (Fort Worth Dunbar, TX. Previous winners of the girls’ basketball award have included Leta Andrews (Granbury High School, TX), Jim Smiddy (Bradley Central, TN), Dorothy Gaters (Chicago Marshall, IL) and Rick Insell (Shelbyville, TN).

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.