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.

Monday
Apr052010

Finalists Announced For The Mannie Jackson – Basketball’s Human Spirit Award

Six Candidates from Ranks of Professional, Amateur and Grassroots Basketball Recognized for their Humanitarian Efforts 

INDIANAPOLIS – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame today announced six finalists for The Mannie Jackson – Basketball’s Human Spirit Award presented by CSX. The finalists, grouped in three categories, are: Professional: Samuel Dalembert, and Kenny Smith; Amateur: Jim Boeheim and Bob Hurley, Sr.; and Grassroots: Alfreda Harris and Johnny Kline.

The Mannie Jackson – Basketball’s Human Spirit Award is given annually to individuals who have honored the game of basketball by virtue of their personal growth and life-long accomplishments.  Previous winners of the award include former Georgetown University center and NBA Global Ambassador Dikembe Mutombo; Philadelphia legend Sonny Hill; and Hall of Famer David Robinson, along with 2009 tri-winners, former NBA official Ken Hudson, Hall of Famer Bob Lanier and former NBA All-Star and Georgetown standout Alonzo Mourning.

Additional criteria for award candidates include embracing the core values of the game, hard-work, striving to improve the community and making a commitment to others.  Beyond the game, candidates must reflect the values of Mannie Jackson’s life-long mission to overcome obstacles and challenge the status quo, while taking responsibility for his or her actions and seeking the highest standard of excellence.  All award candidates are recognized leaders and catalysts for change in their communities. 

Finalists were chosen from a pool of nominations by a Finalists Selection Committee appointed by the Hall of Fame and Mr. Jackson and have been grouped in three categories, representing the professional, amateur and grassroots levels of basketball.  A winner will be selected from each category to honor three individuals who have utilized the sport of basketball to contribute to the greater good of society. 

The Mannie Jackson – Basketball’s Human Spirit Award winners will be announced in August and will be recognized as part of the 2010 Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremonies. 

Professional: 

Samuel Dalembert, Philadelphia 76ers center – A UNICEF national ambassador for Haiti who donated more than $125,000 to assist earthquake relief efforts in his homeland. In 2007, he started the Samuel Dalembert Foundation to help better the lives of people in Haiti. Dalembert is an active participant in NBA Cares activities with the Sixers and frequently participates in the Basketball without Borders program.

Kenny Smith, NBA Legend and TNT commentator – Created the “Aim High Foundation” to promote a commitment to education while encouraging ‘at-risk’ youth to participate in athletic and social programs to become productive and responsible members of society. Dating back to 2005, Smith helped raise over $1 million to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina. He regularly hosts basketball clinics and holiday events to provide resources for the disadvantaged.

Amateur:

Jim Boeheim, Syracuse University head coach – A member of the Coaches vs. Cancer Council who has helped raise $2.9 million over the past nine years by conducting the annual “Basket Ball” Gala in Syracuse. Overall, he has helped raise more than $4.5 million for the American Cancer Society. Boeheim volunteers his time and services to charitable organizations, including Crouse Hospital’s Kienzle Family Maternity Center, the Children’s Miracle Network, the Eldercare Foundation, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Special Olympics.

Bob Hurley, Sr., St. Anthony High School head coach – A former Recreation Director and Corrections Officer in Jersey City, New Jersey, Hurley helps raise money to keep St. Anthony’s operating while he provides year-round instruction and guidance to youth in the community. Hurley’s efforts have resulted in hundreds of students gaining college scholarships to Division I and II institutions. Since beginning his coaching career in 1972, all but one player has gone on to attend college. Hurley is known for donating his annual stipend as coach for equipment and supplies.

Grassroots:

Alfreda Harris – Founded the SAT Preparation Program serving high school students in Boston while founding and coordinating girls’ basketball leagues and AAU teams for the city.  Harris also founded the Owen Wells Fitness Center and the Reebok Educational Athletic Partnership that provides students with community programs in social development, computer skills and tutoring. Serves as a Board member for the Shelbourne, Mass. Community Council, Boston Neighborhood Basketball League and the Police Athletic League.

Dr. John L. “Jumpin’ Johnny” Kline – A graduate of Wayne State University where he earned his Bachelor’s, Masters and Ph D. degrees, Kline, played for the Harlem Globetrotters from 1953-59.  After battling back from drug addiction, he was appointed by Mayor Coleman A. Young as Detroit’s Director of Drug Prevention Services and later was appointed by Michigan Governor James Blanchard to the Michigan Board of Nursing to help battle issues of drug abuse. Kline also founded the Black Legends of Professional Basketball Foundation, a Detroit-based non-profit organization that promotes and preserves the history and culture of the sport of basketball, commemorating players from the years 1900 to 1960.

Monday
Apr052010

Zoo Games Releases Basketball Title of Legendary Proportions for the Wii

On the heels of the 2010 NCAA Final Four, Zoo Games pays homage to the hardwoods with their release of Basketball Hall of Fame: Ultimate Hoops Challenge.

Indianapolis, IN – With the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s announcement of its Class of 2010 taking place today, Zoo Games’ latest title, Basketball Hall of Fame: Ultimate Hoops Challenge, pays tribute to the sport made of legends. The title offers consumers the opportunity to play as their favorite Hall of Fame superstars to compete for basketball domination.

The latest release by Zoo Games, Ultimate Hoops Challenge was created as a casual, family-friendly game that pays tribute to basketball’s Hall of Fame legends. With today’s announcement of the 2010 class, Mark Seremet, President and CEO of Zoo Games, feels this was the perfect time to release the title. “Being inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame is an honor of incredible magnitude, and what better way to pay tribute to the game and its superstars than to release a title that honors the Hall of Fame and its inductees.”

The game will offer customization with the option to play as a multitude of Hall of Fame superstars and on a variety of court locations. Up to four players can play head-to-head, Multiplayer or in the Campaign mode as they unlock new arenas, players and games. Zoo Games seemed an ultimate fit for the Hall of Fame to develop a title with considering their reputation for publishing fun, family-friendly games.

"We are very pleased to partner with Zoo Games on the release of Basketball Hall of Fame: Ultimate Hoop Challenge," said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. "Basketball fans everywhere will enjoy the interactive features of the game, which for the very first time allow gamers to build their teams from a remarkable pool of Hall of Famers representing multiple generations. The Basketball Hall of Fame and our participating Hall of Famers are very proud to be showcased in this new game that puts many of the greatest players in history on the court at the same time."

Larry Bird, Oscar Robertson, Bill Walton and Clyde Drexler are just a few of the legendary Hall of Famers that consumers can hit the hardwoods with in Ultimate Hoops Challenge. “These players are iconic in the history of basketball, and we are grateful that we have the opportunity to honor their contribution to the game,” says Seremet. “Being able to partner with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to create this title, and now to release it just as the 2010 class sets to be inducted, is an honor in itself.”

Basketball Hall of Fame: Ultimate Hoops Challenge is currently available on Wii.

 

About Zoo Games, Inc.

Zoo Games, Inc. is an interactive leader in the gaming experience. Focused on licensing, developing and publishing a wide variety of casual and family-friendly video games for Wii™, Nintendo DS™, Playstation®2 system, PSP (PlayStation®Portable) system, iPhone™, and PC, Zoo Games continues to set and surpass standards in the video game industry. The company’s customers are comprised of national and regional retailers, specialty retailers, and video game rental outlets. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Zoo Games, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Zoo Entertainment, Inc. For more information, visit www.zoogamesinc.com.

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Friday
Apr022010

NBA TV, NBA.com and CBS College Sports Network to Broadcast the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2010 Announcement

NBA TV, NBA.com and CBS College Sports Network will provide coverage of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2010 Press Conference live from Indianapolis, IN. on Monday, April 5 at 11:00am Eastern Time.

The Class of 2010 will be announced in front of a live audience of media members and VIP guests.  The press conference will include news and updates from the Basketball Hall of Fame President & CEO, John L. Doleva, including recognition of this year’s award winners for the Morgan Wooten Lifetime Achievement Awards, The Bob Cousy Award Presented by The Hartford, plus Hall of Famer Wayne Embry will announce this year’s finalists for the Mannie Jackson’s Basketball Human Spirit Award. 

The Class announcement will include remarks by the Chairman of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Jerry Colangelo with Jim Nantz of CBS Sports as the master of ceremonies. 

On February 12th, nineteen nominees were named as finalists for the Class of 2010.  The pool of finalists include twelve nominees from the North American Committee, Jerry Buss, Robert Hurley, Sr., Dennis Johnson, Bernard King, Karl Malone, Chris Mullin, Don Nelson, Scottie Pippen, Jamaal Wilkes, Tex Winter, 1960 US Olympic Men’s Basketball Team and the 1992 US Olympic Men’s Basketball Team.  Cynthia Cooper, Harley Redin and the All-American Red Heads represent the nominees from the Women’s Committee, Richard Guerin and Gus Johnson from the Veteran’s Committee, and the International Committee finalists are represented by Vladimir Kondrashin and Maciel “Ubiratan” Pereira.