Friday
Jun042010

NBA Finals Photo Exhibit In Its Final Weeks On Display At Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

SPRINGFIELD, MASS – As the 2010 NBA Finals tip-off with the Boston Celtics facing the Los Angeles Lakers in what promises to be a very memorable series, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, boasts a timely exhibit of original portrait and action sports photography depicting memorable match-ups and moments in the recent history of the NBA Finals, shot by Andrew D. Bernstein, Senior Director, NBA Photos.

The solo exhibition, previously showcased in Los Angeles during the 2009 NBA Finals, covers images of the NBA Finals captured by the lens of Bernstein from 1983 through 2009. The exhibit is in its final weeks on display at the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Bernstein studied communications at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California before beginning his long association with the NBA as a founding member of the league’s photo division. For almost 30 years he has played a major role in chronicling the NBA’s history photographically. His work frequently appears in national publications such as Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine, The Sporting News, Time, and Newsweek. Bernstein’s work regularly greets visitors to NBA.com and other worldwide Internet sites and publications. Bernstein has photographed nearly 150 NBA Finals games, the most by any photographer in the league history, and has captured some of the greatest moments in basketball history, both on and off the court.

The exhibit consists of 30 photographs carefully selected by the photographer. “A lot of time and reminiscing went into choosing these photos,” said Bernstein. “Twenty-seven years of NBA Finals supplied me with an amazing collection of memorable moments.

The exhibit has been on display since last August.  “I’ve enjoyed having my work displayed at the Hall of Fame, right in Western Massachusetts where my dream started,” added Bernstein. “The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is the pinnacle of the sport. The recognition doesn’t get any better than this.”

Wednesday
May122010

Basketball Hall of Fame Announces Key Teams and Dates for 2010 Tip-Off Tournament

Tip-Off returns to Springfield November 20 and 21

SPRINGFIELD, MASS.The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the return of a 27-year Springfield tradition.  The Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament will take place at the MassMutual Center on Saturday November 20 and Sunday November 21.  Eight schools will participate in two brackets of four teams over two days in an NCAA exempt tournament.

In addition to the two brackets that will play in Springfield, each of the participating schools will play against each other in two additional games to be hosted on campus by Bradley University, New Mexico State University, University of Massachusetts, and University of Southern California

In games scheduled for Saturday November 20th at the MassMutual Center in Springfield – Bradley University will match up with the University of Southern California and New Mexico State University will play the University of Massachusetts.  The winners and losers of the Saturday games will play on Sunday in the consolation and championship games.

“The Hall of Fame has a proud tradition of hosting premiere college basketball events and the return of the Hall’s college basketball property to the city of Springfield should create an exciting atmosphere for each institution and the fans” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame.  “We look forward to welcoming each of these schools to the Basketball Hall of Fame and creating a weekend celebration in Springfield for many years to come.”   

The Basketball Hall of Fame, in conjunction with the awarding of the conference tournament, has extended the partnership with the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference to serve as the event’s sponsoring conference, serve in various operational roles and to provide an annual participant in the field of teams.  Rider University will serve as the conferences participant.  The Basketball Hall of Fame along with the MassMutual Center will serve as hosts for the Men’s and Women’s MAAC Championships from 2012 – 2014.

"The MAAC membership in looking to grow its relationship with the Basketball Hall of Fame, the MassMutual Center and the City of Springfield was eager to extend its expertise and provide staffing for The Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament as the event's sponsor," notes Richard J. Ensor, MAAC Commissioner.  "The MAAC prides itself on its record of hosting league and NCAA Championships, and exempt events in venues throughout the country and looks forward to great college hoops next November in the city that prides itself as the birthplace of basketball."

The complete schedule of campus site games will be announced at a later date as well as the remaining four schools, television information and ticket information.

2010 Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament Hosts

Bradley University – Representing the Missouri Valley Conference, the Bradley University Braves will enter the 2010-11 season coming off a 16-15 campaign that included victories over nationally-ranked squads from the University of Illinois and University of Northern Iowa.  The Braves will return the top-scoring trio in The Valley – senior guards Sam Maniscalco and Andrew Warren, as well as junior forward Taylor Brown – in addition to several other key pieces that will make them a contender in the highly-competitive Missouri Valley Conference.  Sophomore guard Jake Eastman is the son of Boston Celtics assistant coach Kevin Eastman.

New Mexico State University – The defending Western Athletic Conference (WAC) tournament champions are coming off a 22-12 season and NCAA tournament appearance that saw them nearly upset Final Four participant Michigan State.  The Aggies entered the NCAA tournament as the #12 seed in the Midwest after defeating Nevada, Utah State and San Jose State in the conference tournament.  Returning for the Aggies will be three of their top five in Troy Gillenwater, Wendell McKines and Hamidu Rahman.

University of Massachusetts – Led by Springfield native Derek Kellogg, the Minutemen welcome back the majority of its team in Kellogg’s third season.  Terrell Vinson and Anthony Gurley are the top returning scorers and they will be joined by a strong recruiting class and group of returning players which should help UMass be a player in the strong Atlantic 10 Conference.   

University of Southern California – The Trojans from the Pac-10 Conference are looking to build off a 16-14 season that saw victories against NCAA tournament teams Tennessee, St. Mary’s, UNLV, Washington and California.  Led by Kevin O’Neill, USC will return 13 players from its roster and adds a strong recruiting class to a team that sat atop the Pac-10 Conference standings during the regular season.

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

Tuesday
May112010

Jackie MacMullan and Joe Tait Named Recipients of Basketball Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Media Award for 2010

Hall of Fame to Honor Recipients at “Celebration of Basketball” and 2010 Enshrinement Ceremonies, scheduled for this August 

SPRINGFIELD, MAJackie MacMullan, a highly respected pro basketball reporter who worked for The Boston Globe for three decades and recently collaborated on a best selling book with Hall of Famers Larry Bird and Magic Johnson, and Joe Tait, a popular radio play-by-play broadcaster for the Cleveland Cavaliers for 38 years, have been selected to receive the 2010 Curt Gowdy Media Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame during Enshrinement festivities scheduled on August 12-13, 2010 in Springfield, Massachusetts. MacMullan is the first female reporter to receive the honor in its 21-year history.

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. 

“The Gowdy Media Award is an honor that is proudly presented by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in honor and memory of the late Curt Gowdy, one of the pioneers of sports media and a former Hall of Fame President,” said John L. Doleva, Hall of Fame President & CEO.  “Joe Tait and Jackie MacMullan excelled by sharing their unique and informative insights on our sport while they entertained millions of loyal listeners and readers.  The Basketball Hall of Fame is proud to recognize Joe’s longtime dedication to the game, and we are thrilled to honor Jackie for her many contributions as a writer and as the first female reporter to receive a Curt Gowdy Award.”

Jackie MacMullan, the 2010 honoree for the Print Media, is widely recognized as one of the most respected reporters ever to cover the NBA. She began her career at The Boston Globe in 1982 and quickly forged her reputation covering sports that were predominantly played and reported on by men.  While she gained national recognition for her work on numerous NBA and NCAA basketball assignments, MacMullan also covered Major League Baseball’s World Series in 1986, the NHL’s Stanley Cup Finals in 1987 and the 1988 Olympic Games.

After working at The Boston Globe through the ‘80s and early ‘90s, MacMullan accepted a position covering NBA basketball for Sports Illustrated, where she worked as a senior writer from 1995-2000 and frequently contributed to CNN/SI cable news network.  She returned to her New England roots in January 2002 when she was named columnist and associate editor back at The Boston Globe.

MacMullan has won numerous national writing awards from the Associated Press Sports Editors, including a first place award for investigative reporting for her coverage of the death of Celtics great Reggie Lewis.  In addition, MacMullan won awards for feature writing and was recognized by Tufts University as recipient of the 1995 Distinguished Achievement Award.  She was named the New England Women’s Leadership Award winner in 1997 and was inducted into her alma mater’s Hall of Honor at the University of New Hampshire in 2001.

In 2009, MacMullan collaborated with Larry Bird and Magic Johnson on the best seller When the Game Was Ours, a compelling account of the rivalry and relationship between Bird and Johnson, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt publishing. Most recently, MacMullan has been a frequent contributor to ESPN.com and a regular panelist on ESPN’s Around the Horn show.

Joe Tait, the 2010 Gowdy Award winner representing the Electronic Media, is currently in his 38th season covering NBA basketball as the voice of the Cleveland Cavaliers.  He began as Cleveland’s play-by-play announcer eight games into the club’s inaugural season of 1970, and during his first 11 years with the team, Tait earned his reputation as one of the nation’s top sportscasters.

After stints in New Jersey (1981) and Chicago (1982), Tait returned to call the Cavs’ games in 1983 when owners George and Gordon Gund acquired ownership of the team, as one of their first moves was to re-hire the most recognizable and popular voice of the franchise. In 1987, Tait was named Vice President, Broadcasting for the Cavaliers and worked on all aspects of the club’s radio and television broadcasts, calling games on WOIO-TV/19 and the Cavaliers Television Network. For the past 15 seasons, Tait has called Cavaliers’ games on News Radio WTAM 1100 and the team’s radio network that reaches most of Ohio.

Tait is an eight-time winner of Sportscaster of the Year in Ohio, spanning from 1974 to 2004. He was inducted into the Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1992 and was awarded the group’s C.S. Williams Founders Award for his longstanding and meritorious service in broadcasting in 1996.  In 2008, Tait received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, joining Cleveland sports legends such as Jim Brown and Bob Feller as recipients of the honor. In addition, Tait was inducted to the Cleveland Sports Legends Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Cleveland Press Club Hall of Fame in 2003.

A graduate of Monmouth College in Illinois, Tait began his career in radio during college, calling local sporting events in the Illinois and Indiana area. In 1969, he worked as the voice of Indiana University college football and as the pre-game host of Indiana Pacers basketball in the old ABA. He went on to broadcast Cleveland Indians baseball for 16 years before finding his full-time home with the Cavaliers in 1970.

 

                             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

 

The Gowdy Awards will be presented at the Basketball Hall of Fame in a special ceremony scheduled for August 12.  The Class of 2010 will be enshrined at the Springfield Symphony Hall on August 13, following a week of festivities in Springfield, Massachusetts to be staged August 7-14, 2010.  Ticket packages to the 2010 Enshrinement Ceremony and all Enshrinement Events are on sale now and available by calling the Hall of Fame at (413) 231-5500.  Additional information on the weeklong “Celebration of Basketball” will be announced in the near future and fans seeking updates can visit http://www.hoophall.com/enshrinement-tickets/

Friday
Apr162010

The Basketball Hall of Fame is Filled with Fun for All Ages During the April Vacation Week

Museum Offers Special Events For the Whole Family

SPRINGFIELD, MA – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is proud to offer a wide variety of activities and events to entertain the whole family during the school vacation week, April 17-April 23, 2010.  The World’s Finest Sports Museum will be host to special appearances, skills clinics and autograph sessions that offer great fun for the entire family!

The vacation fun begins on Saturday, April 17th at 1:00pm as the Hall of Fame is joined by Boston Celtic Legend Tom “Satch” Sanders when he stops by for an exclusive book signing of his new book, Satch’s Commuter Moments.  Don’t miss the opportunity to meet Satch, former Celtics great and eight time NBA champion!

On Monday, April 19th, Boston Celtics television and radio personalities bring their expertise to Springfield.  Come meet Boston Celtic Legend, Cedric Maxwell and Comcast SportsNet Analyst, Donny Marshall on Center Court at 1:00pm as they share their predictions and insight into this season’s NBA Playoff race and sign autographs for visitors.

On Tuesday, April 20th at 1:00pm, Coach David Vasquenza, founder of WINS 4 LIFE will be at the Basketball Hall of Fame.  Join Coach Vasquenza and volunteer to participate in his fun and captivating clinic for all!

On Thursday, April 22nd, UCONN Associate Head Coach Chris Dailey comes by to speak to those in attendance.  Coach Dailey has been an integral part of the record breaking University of Connecticut Women’s Basketball team for 25 seasons.  Coach Dailey will share his messages on education, teamwork and motivation beginning at 10:00am.

On Friday, April 23rd, Boston Celtics Mascot, Lucky the Leprechaun will put on a slam dunk show at 1:00pm as he marvels the crowd with his high flying acrobatics, followed by an autograph session.  Don’t forget to bring your cameras!

Finally, be sure to stop in at Max’s Tavern at the Basketball Hall of Fame during your visit to the museum for their April school vacation special!  Show your Hall of Fame admission ticket from Monday, April 19th thru Friday, April 23rd to receive 10% off your lunch or dinner.  Admission ticket and discount must be used on the same day.  Discount does not apply to alcoholic beverages.

Click here for a complete listing of upcoming events

Monday
Apr052010

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2010

Malone, Pippen and Cynthia Cooper Head Distinguished Class of 2010; 1960 USA Men’s Olympic Team and 1992 USA “Dream Team” Honored; Lakers’ owner Jerry Buss and St. Anthony’s HS Coach Bob Hurley, Sr. to be Enshrined in Springfield, Mass on August 13th


INDIANAPOLIS
– The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame today announced that eight individuals and two teams have been named as the Enshrinement Class of 2010.  The inductees include Jerry Buss, Cynthia Cooper, Bob Hurley, Sr., Karl Malone and Scottie Pippen, along with two celebrated teams: the 1960 USA Men’s Olympic team and the 1992 USA Basketball “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. The announcement was made at a press conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, the site of the 2010 NCAA Final Four. 

“We are very proud to introduce the historic Class of 2010, a diverse and distinguished group that includes six players, a coach, a contributor and two elite teams,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. “We look forward to honoring them in Springfield this summer with a week-long celebration of basketball, highlighted by the Enshrinement Ceremony on August 13.” 

"The Basketball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2010 represents everything that is great about the game of basketball," said Jerry Colangelo, Chairman of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Board. "From the two gold medal winning USA Olympic Teams, to a high school coach who dedicated his life to the game, to a diverse group of individuals who have excelled as collegians, professionals and great contributors to our sport, this group of Hall of Famers will be known as one of the great classes in history." 

To be elected, finalists required 18 of 24 votes from the Honors Committee for election into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The Class of 2010 will be enshrined at the Springfield Symphony Hall on August 13, following a week of festivities in Springfield, Massachusetts to be staged August 7-13, 2010.  Ticket packages to the 2010 Enshrinement Ceremony and all Enshrinement Events are on sale now and available by calling the Hall of Fame at (413) 231-5550.  Additional information on Enshrinement Week will be announced in the near future, and information will be available at http://www.hoophall.com/enshrinement-tickets/

The Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2010 

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 nine NBA championships during his tenure while capturing 16 Western Conference championships.  During Buss’ ownership, the team has recorded the most wins and the highest overall winning percentage in the NBA. Buss owned the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA from 1996-2006, and the club captured two WNBA titles (2001-02) under his leadership. He also became the first NBA team owner of a D-League franchise when the Lakers bought the Los Angeles D-Fenders in 2006. Buss served two terms as Chairman of the NBA Board of Governors and has received numerous honors for his wide-ranging charitable interests. 

CYNTHIA COOPER – Player, competed at the University of Southern California, where she won two NCAA Championships and participated in three Final Fours. As a member of the Houston Comets, she won four WNBA Championships and was named WNBA Finals MVP with each title. Cooper was named to three WNBA All-Star teams and was also selected WNBA regular season MVP twice. Cooper won an Olympic Gold Medal in 1988 and an Olympic Bronze Medal in 1992 to go along with two FIBA Women’s World Championship Gold Medals. 

ROBERT “Bob” HURLEY, Sr. – Coach, was born in Jersey City, NJ and played college basketball at St. Peter’s before becoming the head coach at St. Anthony’s High School in Jersey City in 1972. Hurley has since compiled over 900 wins at St. Anthony’s 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) and was elected to the New Jersey Sports Hall of Fame in 2000.  He is only the third person elected to the Hall of Fame exclusively for his service to high school basketball (Morgan Wootten, Bertha Teague). 

DENNIS JOHNSON – Player, 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 played with Seattle from 1976-80 and was traded to the Phoenix Suns, where he played from 1980-83. He finished his NBA career with the Boston Celtics (1983-90), winning NBA championship rings in 1984 and 1986. Known as “DJ” to teammates and fans, he was named to five NBA All-Star teams, scoring more than 15,000 points and compiling 5,000 assists before retiring in 1990. (Born: Sept.18,1954; Died: Feb. 22, 2007). 

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. 

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 worldwide – professional, collegiate, men and women.  For more information, please visit our website at www.hoophall.com or call 1-877-4-HOOPLA.