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.  

For more information:
Visit us on the web: www.hoophall.com
… on Facebook: www.facebook.com/BBHOF
… on Twitter: @hoophall
… or call 1-877-4-HOOPLA

Wednesday
Aug222012

‘Hoops & Heroes’ Tips Off 2012 Enshrinement Week Activities

Third annual basketball tournament features region’s first responders, public safety officials and military personnel

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame today announced teams for the 3rd annual ‘Hoops & Heroes’ tournament to open the 2012 Enshrinement Celebration.  The two-day tournament, featuring Hampden County Sheriff Michael J. Ashe, Jr. as the Honorary Chair, will be held August 25-26 and feature 16 teams of first responders from throughout the region.  The games begin at Springfield College on Saturday and the “final four” teams will progress to the Championship round to be played at the Hall of Fame’s Center Court Sunday morning. In addition to the two semifinals and championship game – activities also include an exhibition basketball game by Special Olympic Athletes. The proceeds from the games and related activities benefit the Special Olympics of Massachusetts.  Fans are encouraged to come out to support the event.

Hall of Famer Rick Barry will visit the 2012 Hoops & Heroes Basketball Tournament just prior to tip-off of the tournament on Saturday, August 25th at Springfield College.  Rick has been named one of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players and is the only player ever to lead the NCAA, ABA and NBA in scoring during a single season.

This year’s Hoops & Heroes Tournament features teams from all over New England and New York including Albany, Boston, Chelsea Police Departments, the Connecticut State Police & Public Safety Officers, Berkshire, Hampden, Hampshire, and Suffolk County Sheriff Departments, Connecticut Judicial Marshal Services, New Haven and York Corrections, United States Coast Guard, Labrie, Pouliot, Larocque & Guiel, P.C. and defending champions United States Air Force.  The championship team will be provided with VIP tickets to the 2012 Enshrinement Ceremony and be recognized and honored during the evening’s events.

This year’s Enshrinement Ceremony will take place at Springfield’s Symphony Hall on Friday, September 7th at 7:30 pm ET.  Over 50 Hall of Famers are once again expected to attend this year’s ceremony to honor the Class of 2012, which 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.

For more information on Enshrinement Tickets, please call the Basketball Hall of Fame’s Ticket Office at (413) 231-5540.  Tickets are available for as low as $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.

Game Schedule:

Saturday, August 25 (Springfield College Field House)
10:00 AM (Appearance by Hall of Famer Rick Barry)
- Labrie, Pouliot, Larocque & Guil vs. York Correctional
- Albany Police Department vs. US Air Force
- Hampden City Sheriff’s – 2 vs. New Haven Comm. Corrections
- Boston Police Department vs. US Coast Guard
 
11:15 AM
- Hampden City Sheriff’s – 3 vs. Connecticut Judicial Marshal Services
- Connecticut State Police vs. Chelsea Police Department
- Hampshire Cty Sheriff’s Dept vs. Berkshire County Sheriff’s Department
- CT Public Safety Officers vs. Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department
 
12:30 PM
- Labrie, Pouliot, Larocque & Guil vs. US Air Force
- Albany Police Department vs. York Correctional
- Hampden Cty Sheriff’s - 2 vs. US Coast Guard
- Boston Police Department vs. New Haven Comm. Corrections
 
1:45 PM
- Hampden Cty Sheriff’s – 3 vs. Chelsea Police Department
- Connecticut State Police vs. Connecticut Judicial Marshal Services
- Hampshire Cty Sheriff’s Dept vs. Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department
- CT Public Safety Officers vs. Berkshire County Sheriff’s Department
 
3:00 PM
- Labrie, Pouliot, Larocque & Guil vs. Albany Police Department
- US Air Force vs. York Correctional
- Hampden Cty Sheriff’s – 2 vs. Boston Police Department
- US Coast Guard vs. New Haven Comm. Corrections

4:15 PM
- Hampden Cty Sheriff’s – 3 vs. Connecticut State Police
- Chelsea Police Department vs. Connecticut Judicial Marshal Services
- Hampshire Cty Sheriff’s Dept vs. CT Public Safety Officers
- Suffolk County Sheriff’s Dept vs. Berkshire County Sheriff’s Department
 
Sunday, August 26 (Basketball Hall of Fame Center Court)
10:00 AM
- SEMIFINAL #1 - Winner of Pool A vs. Winner of Pool B
 
11:15 AM - SEMIFINAL #2 - Winner of Pool C vs. Winner of Pool D
 
12:30 PM - SPECIAL OLYMPICS EXHIBITION GAME
 
1:00 PM - CHAMPIONSHIP GAME - Winner of Semifinal #1 vs. Winner of Semifinal #2
 
2:00 PM - 2012 HOOPS & HEROES TOURNAMENT TROPHY PRESENTATION

Wednesday
Aug222012

Basketball Hall of Fame To Partner with Spiffbox, Inc. for Direct Message Responses from Hall of Famers

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today a partnership with SpiffBox, Inc. www.spiffbox.com  – an Internet website and mobile application that allows fans to receive direct and personal message responses from high-profile people including athletes. SpiffBox’s “Priority Messaging” product allows consumers to get fast and direct messaging access to people outside their social network.

Visitors to the Hall of Fame’s website www.hoophall.com can now trade messages directly with such basketball greats as Rick Barry, Elvin Hayes, George Gervin, Nancy Lieberman and Sam Jones with more additions on the way. Message responses are embossed on electronic photographs that may be printed or shared on Facebook, Twitter and Google +.  Fans participate in the communication for a nominal cost with a portion of the proceeds going to The Basketball Hall of Fame, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. With SpiffBox, fans can now trade messages with Sam Jones during NBA games or discuss University of Houston basketball with Elvin Hayes.  

“We are pleased to announce our partnership with SpiffBox,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame.  “This will be a huge stepping stone in allowing fans to communicate directly with their favorite Basketball Hall of Famers, as well as helping to raise dollars for our organization.”

SpiffBox provides consumers fast and direct messaging access to high-profile individuals who are often overwhelmed with messages through their Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn accounts.   SpiffBox.com provides direct access to thousands of athletes, actors, executives and writers. In addition to Basketball Hall of Famers, many of the world’s greatest athletes use SpiffBox for Priority Messaging including Tony Dorsett, Ken Norton, Tai Babilonia, Shane Conlan and Mike Haynes.  SpiffBox also provides private label messaging solutions to college athletic programs, pro teams, and major brands to provide consumers direct messaging access to their players / talent.

“SpiffBox allows me to communicate with fans in a much more personal and private manner,” said Barry, Class of 1987.  ”I love the program." Rick may be messaged directly on his Hall of Fame profile http://www.hoophall.com/hall-of-famers/tag/richard-f-rick-barry or at www.spiffbox.com/rickbarry.

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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.  

About SpiffBox:
SpiffBox is a software company based in Scottsdale, Arizona that operates www.spiffbox.com and sells private label Priority Messaging software to sports / entertainment properties and major brands. SpiffBox is the only company in the world that provides prioritized messaging access and helps high-profile people monetize message responses.  SpiffBox is a private company and headed by CEO Chris Munnelly.