Friday
Mar052010

Basketball Hall of Fame Names Ken Kaufman Chair of Bob Cousy Award Committee

SPRINGFIELD, MA. - The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today that Ken Kaufman has been named Chair of the Bob Cousy Award Committee.  Kaufman, former head coach at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and former president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), will serve as the primary consultant to the Hall of Fame in regard to the annual award that recognizes college basketball's top point guard. Kaufman is a longtime friend and associate of Cousy and helped establish the prestigious award in 2004.

The Bob Cousy Award, presented by The Hartford Financial Services Group, will be awarded on April 5, as part of the Hall of Fame's press conference at the NCAA Final Four.

"From the very beginning when he assisted us with the creation of the award with Bob Cousy and our colleagues at The Hartford, Ken Kaufman has been a driving force behind the program and its core values of recognizing the best point guard in collegiate basketball," said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. "On behalf of everyone at the Hall of Fame, I'd like to thank Ken for taking on this expanded role and 'playing the point' for the Hall as we prepare to recognize the winner of the 2010 Bob Cousy Award, presented by The Hartford."

Kaufman, a native of Worcester, graduated from Classical High School where he captained the basketball team and was named All-City as a junior and senior.  He is a graduate of Leicester Junior College where he was named Student Athlete of the Year in 1965. Kaufman received his bachelor's degree from the University of Bridgeport where he captained the 1965-66 men’s basketball team. He later taught physical education in the Worcester Public Schools as he earned his master's degree in education at Worcester State College. During that time, he worked on a part-time basis at WPI and began his career in coaching as an assistant to the men's varsity and junior varsity teams. In 1975, Kaufman was named acting men's varsity coach at WPI where he would become the school's all-time leader in coaching victories before he stepped down in 2001 after 26 seasons as head basketball coach and a total of 32 years of coaching experience. He was elected to the WPI Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005. Kaufman later served as president of the NABC and also served as a board member for both the NABC and the Basketball Hall of Fame. Kaufman is currently working as the special assistant to the President at Becker College in Worcester.

Friday
Feb262010

Hall of Fame To Feature Exclusive Screening of Magic & Bird: A Courtship Of Rivals  

The HBO Sports® documentary Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals, will debut Saturday, March 6 (8-9:30 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

Please join us at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday, March 5 at 2:00PM and Saturday, March 6 at 11:00AM to be among the first to see this groundbreaking film that details the upbringing, origins, behind-the-scenes stories and the ultimate respect and friendship of basketball’s fiercest rivals, Hall of Famers, Larry Bird and Earvin “Magic” Johnson.

From the award winning HBO Sports’ documentary group, Liev Schreiber narrates the history of the competition between Los Angeles Lakers immortal “Magic” Johnson and Boston Celtics great Larry Bird, which began 30 years ago when they led their Midwest universities to the 1979 NCAA Championship game, through a decade of dominance, when each player won three NBA MVP awards apiece and a combined eight NBA championships.  This HBO exclusive presentation also examines the different cultures that helped shape them and contributed to their unique styles, as well as exploring their unlikely friendship.

Free to view with admission to the museum, visitors will be treated to preview screenings before the premiere on HBO.  Screenings will be held on Friday, March 5 at 2PM & Saturday, March 6 at 11AM.

Though sharing Midwestern roots and following the same team-oriented philosophy, the introverted Bird (from the small town of French Lick, Ind.) and the extroverted Johnson (from the industrial state capital Lansing, Mich.) couldn’t be more different in personality.  The two superstars talk about each other at length in the film and provide intimate insights into their remarkable lives.

The film debuts on HBO on Saturday, March 6 at 8PM and also features interviews with Hall of Famers Kevin McHale and Pat Riley, who coached Johnson on the great Lakers team of the 1980s; teammates Cedric Maxwell and Michael Cooper; George Fox, Johnson’s high school coach; siblings Evelyn Johnson and Mark Bird; entertainer Arsenio Hall; former CBS Sports executive Ted Shaker; and sports journalists Bryant Gumbel, Jackie MacMullan, Charles Pierce and Steve Springer.

HBO Sports’ documentary group has earned 28 Sports Emmy Awards and seven Peabody Awards for production excellence.

Don’t miss the opportunity to preview this historic film at the Hall of Fame!

The Hall of Fame is open daily from 10am – 4pm on Sunday – Friday and until 5pm on Saturday. Regular adult admission is $16.99 and $11.99 for ages 5-15.  Under 5 years is FREE.  Senior Citizens can enjoy a discount admission of $13.99.  Annual Pass is $39.99.  Parking is FREE.  For information on groups of 15 or more or multi-day tickets go to www.hoophall.com or call 877-4HOOPLA.  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, international, men and women.

Friday
Feb122010

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Announces Finalists for Election in 2010

-- Karl Malone, Scottie Pippen Headline Finalists --

-- 1960 USA Men’s Olympic Team and ‘92 USA “Dream Team” Among the Honorees --

DALLAS, Texas and SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame today named an elite list of players, coaches and teams as finalists to be considered for election to the Hall in 2010. Gaining the honor of being named a Hall of Fame finalist is one of the true highlights of a career in the sport of basketball. This year’s list includes two-time NBA MVP and 14-time NBA All-Star Karl Malone of the Utah Jazz and Scottie Pippen, a six-time NBA champion as a member of the Chicago Bulls, both first-time nominees. They will be considered along with previous finalists, such as legendary high school coach Bob Hurley of St. Anthony’s in Jersey City, N.J. and Cynthia Cooper, who helped the Houston Comets win four WNBA titles.

Also headlining the list for 2010 are three legendary teams, including the 1960 United States Men’s Olympic Team, the 1992 United States Men’s Olympic “Dream Team” and the All-American Red Heads, a finalist selected by the Women’s Committee. The announcement was made today in Dallas, Texas, in conjunction with the 2010 NBA All-Star festivities.

The complete list of finalists includes from the North American Screening Committee: players Dennis Johnson, Bernard King, Karl Malone, Chris Mullin, Scottie Pippen and Jamaal Wilkes; coaches Bob Hurley, and Don Nelson; contributors Tex Winter and Jerry Buss; and the two USA Olympic teams. From the Women’s Screening Committee: Cynthia Cooper, Harley Redin and the All-American Red Heads team. From the International Screening Committee: coach Vladimir Kondrashin and Brazilian Legend Maciel “Ubiratan” Pereira while Richard Guerin and Gus Johnson represent the nominees from the Veteran’s Screening Committee.

The Class of 2010 will be announced on Monday, April 5 at a news conference in Indianapolis 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 2010 will be enshrined during festivities in Springfield, Mass. on Friday, August 13. Tickets to the 2010 Enshrinement and Induction Celebration are available by calling the Hall of Fame at (413) 231-5550.

NORTH AMERICAN COMMITTEE FINALISTS:

JERRY BUSS – Contributor, has owned the Los Angeles Lakers since 1979 and has built one of the most successful organizations in the history of professional sports. The Lakers have captured 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.

ROBERT “Bob” HURLEY, Sr. – Coach, was born in Jersey City, NJ and played college ball 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. If elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame, will become only the third person elected exclusively for their 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) where he won NBA championship rings in 1984 and 1986. Known as “D.J.” to teammates and fans, he was named to five NBA All-Star teams while scoring more than 15,000 points and compiling 5,000 assists before retiring in 1990. (Born Sept. 18, 1954; Died February 22, 2007).

BERNARD KING – Player, spent 15 seasons in the NBA and was named to four NBA All-Star Teams and two All-NBA first teams while averaging 22.5 points. A prolific scorer, King was a collegiate All-American at the University of Tennessee and went on to be named to the NBA All-Rookie team in 1978. He was named NBA Comeback Player of the Year in 1981 and scored nearly 20,000 points in his storied NBA career.

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 as 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.

CHRIS MULLIN – Player, a McDonald’s High School All-American from New York, NY, was a five-time NBA All-Star and a collegiate standout at St. John’s, where he was named Big East Player of the Year three times. A two-time Olympic gold medalist (1984, 1992), Mullin played 16 NBA seasons for Golden State and Indiana, amassing 17,911 points which helped him average more than 20 ppg. for six consecutive seasons. Mullin is the all-time leading scorer at St. John’s where he was named the Wooden Award winner and a first team All-American in 1985.

DON NELSON - Coach, a native of Muskegon, Michigan, began his career as an NBA player for the Chicago Zephyrs (1962-1963) and went on to play for the Los Angeles Lakers (1963-65) and the Boston Celtics (1965-1975). He then went on to coach in the NBA, leading the Milwaukee Bucks (1976-1987) to seven consecutive division titles (1979-1986) when he recorded seven straight 50-plus win seasons. He currently coaches the Golden State Warriors. Nelson also coached the New York Knicks (1995-1996) and the Dallas Mavericks (1997-2005). Nelson is one of only two coaches in NBA history to record 250 victories with three different teams. He is a three-time NBA Coach of the Year winner, and currently ranks second in NBA Coaching history for wins. He was named as one of the NBA’s Ten Best Coaches of All-Time when the league celebrated the NBA at 50. Nelson has over 40 years of NBA experience as a player, coach and general manager. His number 19 jersey was retired by the Boston Celtics.

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 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 attended the University of Central Arkansas (1983-87).

JAMAAL WILKES – Player, was a member of four NBA champions, including his 1975 title with the Golden State Warriors and three championships with the Los Angeles Lakers (1980, ’82 and ’85). He was a three-time NBA All-Star and averaged 17.7 ppg and 6.2 rpg over 12 seasons. Wilkes was named the 1975 NBA Rookie of the Year after being named as an All-American in 1974 upon completion of a stellar collegiate career at UCLA where he was a member of two NCAA national championship teams (1972-73) and placed seventh on UCLA’s all-time scoring list.

TEX WINTER – Contributor, was the 1998 recipient of the John Bunn Lifetime Achievement award, presented by the Basketball Hall of Fame to recognize his work in coaching and as the proponent of the triangle and triple-post offense that has been the foundation for the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers teams and nine NBA championships. Winter compiled a 454-333 (.577) record at the collegiate level, including records of 262-118 (.689) at Kansas State, 45-35 (.563) at Washington and 78-69 (.531) at Long Beach. While at Kansas State, he led the team to two Final Four appearances (1958 and ’64) and six NCAA Tournament appearances. He was the 1958 NCAA coach of the year and is widely recognized as one of the greatest NBA assistant coaches in history.

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.

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 Hall of Famer, the late Chuck Daly, the “Dream Team” was the first team made up primarily of NBA players who were 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 three (Malone, Mullin and Pippen) are among the finalists for 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 college standout Christian Laettner of Duke University completed the roster.  The ’92 Dream team was inducted into the USA Olympic Hall of Fame as a team in 2009.

WOMEN’S COMMITTEE FINALISTS

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.

HARLEY REDIN – Coach, is recognized as one of the greatest coaches in basketball after leading the Wayland Baptist University’s women’s team from 1955 through 1973.  He compiled an overall women’s coaching record of 431-66 (.867), including a 76-game win streak from 1955 through 1958 while leading Wayland Baptist University to two undefeated seasons (’56, ’57). Redin captured six AAU women’s national championships (1956, ’57, ’59, ’61, ’70 and ’71), served as coach the USA women’s national team and, earlier in his career, coached the Wayland Baptist men’s team (1948-57). Redin was inducted to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999.

ALL-AMERICAN RED HEADS – Team, was the first women’s professional basketball team. The Red Heads were founded in 1936 in Cassville, Missouri and competed in games all over the United States and Canada and became the first American team to play in the Philippines, regularly playing more than 200 games a year during six decades (1936-86). The team was often compared with the Harlem Globetrotters as they used serious play and comedic routines to entertain the audience while they promoted women’s basketball.

INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE FINALISTS:

VLADIMIR KONDRASHIN – Coach, was known as the founder of basketball in Leningrad where he compiled an overall record of 727-365. He led the Soviet Union National Team to the Olympic Gold Medal in 1972, the Olympic Bronze Medal in 1976, and a World Championship Gold Medal in 1974.

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 and has been awarded the FIBA “Order of Merit” honor. (Born: Jan. 18, 1944; Died July 17, 2002).

VETERAN’S COMMITTEE FINALISTS:

RICHARD GUERIN – Player, was a six time NBA All Star (1958-1963) and scored 14,676 points, 4,278 rebounds and 4,211 assists during a pro career with the Knicks (1956-63), St. Louis Hawks (1963-67) and Atlanta Hawks (1968-70). Guerin was the first Knick to score 2,000 points in a single season, and averaged 20.1 ppg as a member of the Knicks. Born in the Bronx, NY, Guerin played at Iona College, where he averaged 24.7 ppg as a senior and was named an All-American. Guerin was also a player/coach for both the St. Louis and Atlanta Hawks, compiling a 327-291 record while being named NBA Coach of the Year in 1968.

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).

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 www.hoophall.com or call the Basketball Hall of Fame at 1-877-4-HOOPLA.

Thursday
Feb112010

The Basketball Hall of Fame is Filled with Fun for Everyone During February Vacation Week

Museum Offers Special Events For the Whole Family

SPRINGFIELD, MA – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will offer a wide variety of activities to entertain the whole family during the school vacation week, February 13th – February 21st, 2010.  The World’s Finest Sports Museum will be host to special appearances, skills clinics, films, contests and games that offer great fun for the entire family!

The vacation fun begins on Saturday, February 13th as the Hall of Fame is joined by the University of Chicago Men’s Basketball team, who will offer an exclusive skills and drills clinic at 11:30 AM for those in attendance.  Don’t miss this opportunity to see three-time UAA Coach of the Year, Mike McGrath and members of the Maroons as they make their only trip to New England this season.

On Sunday, February 14th, the Hall of Fame will host an all day event that includes a free film festival in the Hall of Fame Theater with a documentary on the past 100 years of UMASS Basketball, as well as a screening of a popular children’s basketball movie.  Prizes will also be given out to winners of the day’s Free Throw and Three Point Contests.

On Monday, February 15th, Rainbow, the King of Comedy Basketball will make an appearance at the Hall of Fame at 1:00 PM.  Rainbow has been in show basketball for over 25 years, a career which has spanned the entire globe.  Come and be apart of his performance on the Hall of Fame’s Center Court for what is sure to be an unforgettable afternoon of family fun and laughter!

On Wednesday, February 17th, the Hall of Fame welcomes members of the Springfield Technical Community College Men’s Basketball team at 11:00 AM as coaches and players bring visitors through a college level practice and skills session.

On Thursday, February 18th, the world famous Harlem Globetrotters stop by at 1:00 PM for some fun, including their timeless “magic circle”.  The Globetrotters will also be available for autographs for visitors.

On Friday, February 19th, Boston Celtics Mascot Lucky the Leprechaun will put on a show at 1:00 PM as he marvels the crowd with his high flying acrobatics, followed by an autograph session.

On Saturday, February 20th, come shoot hoops and get your photo taken with Steal, mascot of the Springfield Armor as he stops by to have some fun with those in attendance.

Vacation week concludes on Sunday, February 21st with another day of historic basketball films and lively contests on the Hall of Fame’s Center Court.

The Hall of Fame is open daily during February vacation week from 10am – 4pm on Sunday – Friday and until 5pm on Saturday. Regular adult admission is $16.99 and $11.99 for ages 5-15.  Under 5 years is FREE.  Senior Citizens can enjoy a discount admission of $13.99.  Annual Pass is $39.99.  Parking is FREE.  For information on groups of 15 or more or multi-day tickets go to www.hoophall.com or call 877-4HOOPLA.

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, international, men and women. For more information on these and other upcoming events, please visit our website at www.hoophall.com or call 1-877-4HOOPLA.

Tuesday
Feb092010

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Announces New Governance Structure

SPRINGFIELD, MA – February 9, 2010 – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame today announced a new structure for its Board of Governors and Trustees that will help guide the future initiatives of the sports museum located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the birthplace of basketball. In addition to the changes in structure, Jerry Colangelo, Chairman of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Board, announced that seven new Board members and six new trustees have been added to support the Hall as it grows its business and global impact.

“We are proud to announce this strategic change in the governance structure of the Basketball Hall of Fame,” said Colangelo. “Our goal was to create a Board of Governors for the Hall that represents the diversity of the game of basketball while recognizing the key constituents of our game.  The new Board members will bring a wealth of new energy and experience as they work together with local representatives of the Springfield region and key influencers from the national sports and entertainment industry, including many of our great Hall of Famers themselves.”

Joining the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Board of Governors are George Bodenheimer, President, ESPN and ABC Sports and Co-Chairman, Disney Media Networks; Junior Bridgeman, CEO of Bridgeman Foods Inc. and former President of the NBA Players Association; Jody Conradt, former head coach at the University of Texas, who was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998; Charles Denson, President of the NIKE Brand; Pat Riley, President of the Miami Heat, who was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2008; Tom Stultz, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, College Sports for IMG; and Elaine Wynn, board member of the Wynn Resorts Ltd.

In addition, the Hall of Fame named several high level executives to serve as Trustees, including Frank Colaccino, CEO Colvest Group; Mitchell Etess, CEO Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino; Billy Hunter, Executive Director of the NBA Players Association; David Pace, founder of Pace Sports and former Reebok General Counsel; George Raveling, NIKE Global Basketball Director; and Dr. Glenn Wong, Professor of Sports Management at the University of Massachusetts.

“I would like to thank Jerry Colangelo and the members of the Hall’s Board Development and Governance Committee who worked with us to design a structure that will maximize the effectiveness of the Basketball Hall of Fame,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “I am looking forward to working with the new Board members and Trustees to grow the Hall’s presence on a local, national and international basis during this important and exciting time for our organization.”