Tuesday
Aug042009

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Partners with Jordan Brand to create “Become Legendary: The Story of Michael Jordan” Exhibit

Expansive Exhibit Celebrating Michael Jordan’s Career Opened on August 2

 

SPRINGFIELD, MA - (Aug 2, 2009) – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame today will unveil a new exhibit which enables fans to relive the magical moments of Michael Jordan’s legendary basketball career. The Basketball Hall of Fame has partnered with Jordan Brand, a division of NIKE, Inc. to create ‘Become Legendary: The Story of Michael Jordan’ an exhibit featuring a collection of photographs, videos, quotes, samples of footwear, apparel and a collection of artifacts which celebrate Jordan’s upcoming induction into the Hall of Fame.

 

Upon arrival, guests visiting the Hall will view an impressive 40-foot timeline detailing Jordan’s many achievements as a basketball player. The experience will begin with Jordan’s birth and guide visitors through his professional career, including his multiple NBA championships, MVP awards and Olympic Games triumphs. The exhibit also includes a video capturing Jordan’s impact during the Bulls’ championship years, entitled, “The Finals Moments.”

 

“The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will celebrate a monumental year in 2009 as we welcome a stellar class into the Hall, including one of the world’s most popular athletes, Michael Jordan,” said John L. Doleva, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame President and CEO. “We are pleased to partner with the Jordan Brand to create this exhibit for fans to experience and we are proud to announce that “Become Legendary … The Story of Michael Jordan” is the first of a series of new programming and interactive events to be unveiled as we prepare to honor the entire Class of 2009. We encourage fans around the world to visit the Basketball Hall of Fame very soon.”

 

“Become Legendary: The Story of Michael Jordan will include six championship capsules encasing the rings presented to Jordan and his Chicago Bulls teammates to honor the titles from 1991-1993 and the 1996-1998 seasons, in addition to a collection of official NBA uniforms and a unique footwear display featuring the 24-year chronology of the AIR JORDAN sneaker. The shoes will be accompanied by an artistic collage of sketches presenting the evolution of the revolutionary shoe design known to all as AIR JORDAN where Jordan took a very personal involvement in creating each model.

 

 “As Jordan Brand embarks on the silver anniversary celebration of the AIR JORDAN franchise, we are thrilled with the Basketball Hall of Fame’s efforts to honor Michael Jordan, the Hall’s Class of 2009 and their contributions to the game of basketball,” said Sean Tresvant, Director of Marketing for Jordan Brand. “Michael’s induction into

the Basketball Hall of Fame will be a very memorable occasion, and this exhibit allows fans to become a part of the experience.” 

 

‘Become Legendary: The Story of Michael Jordan’ will be on display at the Basketball Hall of Fame throughout 2009, including the weeks leading up to the enshrinement weekend of September 10-11-12th. There is no additional charge to visitors to experience this new and exciting exhibit. For information on the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, its hours of operation and admission details, please visit http://www.hoophall.com

 

About Jordan Brand

A division of NIKE, Inc., Jordan Brand is a premium brand of footwear, apparel and accessories inspired by the dynamic legacy, vision and direct involvement of Michael Jordan. The Jordan Brand made its debut in 1997 and has grown into a complete collection of performance and lifestyle products. The Jordan Brand remains active in the community by donating a portion of its proceeds to Jordan Fundamentals, an education grants program for teachers.

 

About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is the headquarters of the birthplace of basketball. The Hall promotes and preserves the game of basketball at all levels – professional, collegiate, high school, amateur, international and both the men’s and women’s game. For additional information on the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, please visit www.hoophall.com.

For more information on Jordan Brand, visit www.Jumpman23.com.

Tuesday
Aug042009

Covert, The Bob Delaney Story - Center Court at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

By Terry Lyons, Special to Hoophall.com

 

SPRINGFIELD – Basketball officials dream of the perfect game. At each level of the sport, referees are in pursuit of a game in which every call is correct and every difficult play is judged flawlessly, with coaches and players competing at their best.

 

NBA referee Bob Delaney often speaks to groups about that elusive perfect game, telling them it is a dream he has yet to realize. But all that changed June 19, 2009.

 

Delaney experienced a perfect evening at center court of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. He was honored before an audience of 250 spectators, including Troopers from the New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island State Police, local law enforcement officials, the FBI and other agents from the Office of Homeland Security. They were on hand for the official paperback launch by Sterling Publishing/Union Square Press of Delaney’s book, Covert: My Years Infiltrating the Mob.

 

Covert – written with sports journalist Dave Scheiber -- has enjoyed tremendous success since its initial release February 2008 in hardcover. In the book, Delaney, a 23-year NBA veteran referee, tells the story of his undercover years in the 1970s as a New Jersey State Trooper infiltrating the Bruno and Genovese crime families in Northern New Jersey.

 

It also explores how Delaney found inner peace through basketball following his nearly three years of undercover duty. The book became the publisher’s all-time leading seller soon after its release. Covert was named one of USA Today’s best books of 2008 and it inspired critical acclaim with starred reviews in Publisher’s Weekly, along with in-depth first person reports by CNN, CNN International, ESPN, TNT and scores of newspaper publications and radio outlets worldwide.

 

Delaney made appearances on the CBS Early Show, NPR, CNN, ESPN, Bloomberg TV and TNT, along with numerous additional media appearances, speeches and book signings at Barnes & Nobles and other bookstores across United States and Canada.

 

At the Hall of Fame event, also attended by many of his family members and friends, Delaney took time to celebrate the success of Covert with a presentation about law enforcement, leadership and service. The story of Covert has offered insight regarding the issue of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as it relates to the military, law enforcement, firefighters and emergency services.

 

New Jersey State Trooper Thomas Cavello, part of the Honor Guard that traveled to Springfield, later wrote Delaney saying: “Throughout my 15-year tenure with the State Police, I have been fortunate to attend and sing (the National Anthem) at many different functions, but this event ranks right up there with the best.”

 

One particularly poignant story stood out. Mary Gallagher recently lost her husband – Gunnery Sgt. James Gallagher – when the veteran of more than 19 years in the U.S. Marines committed suicide after a tour of duty in Iraq. Joined by members of the Hope for the Warriors organization, Mary placed a pin on Delaney and asked him to wear it in honor of her late husband. She added that she only wished her husband could have heard Delaney speak about Post Traumatic Stress.

 

In addition, those honored at the event included:

 

Colonel Thomas E Boland (brother of NBA referee Matt Boland), Commanding Officer, 1109th Aviation Classification Repair Assistance Depot (AVCRAD), Connecticut Army National Guard, Groton, Conn.

 

The Colonel, after serving recently in the Middle East, received a heartfelt and spontaneous standing ovation when introduced.

 

Master Sergeant Daniel Henderson from the Connecticut Army National Guard presented Delaney with a special Army medallion, on behalf of the Connecticut National Guard Commanding Officer.

 

Delaney closed with a quote from Covert: “This book is not about one person. It is about the thousands of men and women who ensure that order is maintained in society – law enforcement, military and government – who serve us on a daily basis. Some have made the ultimate sacrifice. All are being saluted here.”

 

Choosing those words was a call that brought Delaney one step closer to the perfect evening.

 

Editor’s Note: For more information about the family of Mary Gallagher and Hope for the Warriors, click on: http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-10-31-homefront-suicide_N.htm

http://hopeforthewarriors.org

Monday
Jul132009

Hall of Fame Announces 2009 Gowdy Media Award Winners

DOUG COLLINS and PETER VECSEY NAMED RECIPIENTS OF PRESTIGIOUS CURT GOWDY MEDIA AWARDS for 2009

SPRINGFIELD, MA - (July 13, 2009) - Doug Collins, the highly respected player and coach who is now the lead commentator for Turner Sports (TNT) and for NBC Sports' coverage of basketball at the Olympic Games and Peter Vecsey, the longtime pro basketball writer for the New York Post have been selected to receive the 2009 Curt Gowdy Media Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame during Enshrinement festivities scheduled for September 10-11, 2009 in Springfield, Massachusetts.

The Gowdy Media Award is named in honor of the legendary sports broadcaster and former Basketball Hall of Fame President, the late Curt Gowdy.. This 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 very proudly presented by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in memory of the late Curt Gowdy, one of the legendary figures of sports media," said John L. Doleva, Hall of Fame President & CEO. "Doug Collins and Peter Vecsey have dedicated much of their professional careers to report on the game of basketball while they entertain and educate millions of fans, readers and television viewers around the world. The Basketball Hall of Fame is very proud to recognize their extraordinary efforts."

Former NCAA, NBA and Olympic player and NBA coach Doug Collins, the 2009 honoree for the Electronic Media, is widely recognized as the consummate NBA television color analyst. Collins brings a unique perspective and experience to the booth for Turner Sports broadcasts on TNT, providing insight from both the player's and coach's perspective. Following a very successful career as a player after being selected as the number one pick in the 1973 NBA Draft, Collins moved to the coaching ranks where he led the Chicago Bulls (1986-89), Detroit Pistons (1995-98) and Washington Wizards (2001-03).

In 1989, Collins first joined the Turner Sports family as its NBA color commentator. After leaving to pursue further coaching opportunities, he returned to Turner Sports in 2003. Collins is TNT's lead analyst for both the NBA All-Star Game and the NBA Conference Finals. In addition, Collins was the lead analyst for NBC, for which he called four NBA Finals and three Olympic Games. Overall, for the better part of the past two decades, Collins has been a mainstay in the television coverage of the NBA, providing viewers with expert analysis and anecdotes from his experiences from the bench and on the court.

Collins, a graduate of Illinois State University, was also a member of the 1972 Olympic team, which lost the gold medal to Russia with a controversial call after Collins hit two free throws to give the US an apparent victory. He and his wife Kathy have two children, son Chris and daughter Kelly.

Peter Vecsey, The 2009 Print award winner, is a longtime resident of New York who has spent the majority of his life in that great basketball city which recognizes him as one of the most prominent sports writers to ever cover the sport of pro basketball. A native of Queens, NY, Vecsey attended academic and athletic powerhouse Archbishop Molloy High School, and upon graduating in 1961, enrolled at Hofstra University. After graduating from Hofstra, Vecsey enlisted in the Armed Forces during the most intense period of the Viet Nam war and became a sergeant with the U.S. Army's Green Beret Special Forces Unit from 1965 to 1967.

Vecsey currently writes his NBA column for the New York Post, providing insight to his many readers as he frequently breaks news of blockbuster trade details and the `behind the scenes' information that pro basketball fans around the world crave on a daily basis. Vecsey has built a lifetime of valuable relationships and trustworthy sources who frequently provide him with access to confidential and newsworthy information. Vecsey is widely known for his open criticism of team executives, players and coaches, a sportswriting tactic that stirs up controversy. Vecsey has written his "Hoop du Jour" NBA column for the Post from 1976 through 1989, then covered the NBA for USA Today from October 1990 through September 1993 before returning to his New York roots at the Post.

While Vecsey is widely known for his news-breaking and reporting in print, he is no stranger to the

television screen. During the 1987-88 season, he hosted a syndicated television show that highlighted the NBA with analyst and former New York Knicks coach and Hall of Famer Hubie Brown. In 1985 and 1986, he hosted a one-hour NBA talk show with Lee Zeidman on SportsChannel New York. Vecsey also worked as an "NBA Insider" on TNT, joining Ernie Johnson and Kenny Smith in the award-winning studio

show, as well as serving as one of "The Insiders" on NBC Sports' pregame, halftime and postgame coverage of the game via "NBA Showtime," where he regularly broke news stories and provided insight

with player features, pregame reports, locker room gossip and sideline reporting.

Sportswriting runs in the Vecsey family, as Peter's brother George Vecsey writes The Sports of the Times column for the The New York Times. Peter resides on Long Island with his wife, Joan, and their two children, Taylor and Joseph.

 

Sunday
Jul122009

Hall of Fame Announces Enshrinement Ticket Block Release 

A limited number of tickets have just been released for this year's Enshrinement Ceremony on September 11, 2009 at 6:30PM Eastern Time.

The Ceremony will be held at the historic Symphony Hall in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts and will be televised across the globe.
This once in a lifetime evening will feature the live induction of the Class of 2009, which includes Michael Jordan, David Robinson, Jerry Sloan, C. Vivian Stringer and John Stockton. Members of the Class of 2009 will give their formal acceptance speech in front of a star studded audience, including over 70 returning Hall of Famers.

The new block of tickets, $350/Person, are in the Upper Level Balcony center sections of the theater and are available by calling the Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ticket Sales Office at (413) 231-5513 and 5514 weekdays, during normal business hours.

VIP Tickets are also still available for $1000/Person, which include Premium Level Seating, Admission to the VIP Post Party at the Hall of Fame featuring live entertainment, complimentary food and beverage, commemorative Class of 2009 souvenir and the official Class of 2009 Yearbook program.

Monday
May112009

Hall of Famer, Chuck Daly Passes Away at 78

Class of 1994 Hall of Famer, Chuck Daly passed away on Saturday morning at his home in Jupiter, Florida at the age of 78.

Hall of Fame CEO and President John Doleva enjoyed Coach Daly's stories and memories at annual Enshrinements, where Daly was a fixture. "Chuck Daly was the epitome of a Hall of Fame Coach. He had success at all levels... high school, college, the NBA with back-to-back Championships, and as the Coach of the 1992 "Dream Team" Gold Medal winning basketball team. He loved the game and left basketball in a much better place. He will be sadly missed by all but especially by his Hall of Fame family."

Daly, born on July 20, 1930 in St. Mary's, Pennsylvania, spent his entire life in the game of basketball. He began his coaching career at Punxsutawney (PA) High School before becoming an assistant coach at Duke University. He then became head coach at Boston College and later the University of Pennsylvania, where he dominated the Ivy League. In 1978, Daly moved on to the professional ranks where his career skyrocketed over the next two decades. Winning the Gold Medal at the 1992 Olympics punctuated his wonderful legacy and revealed his uncanny knack for taking the greatest players and making them better.

Chuck Daly gained worldwide fame as coach of the legendary Olympic Dream Team in 1992, but long before Barcelona and the gold medal, the twelve-year NBA coach was established as one of the game's premier mentors.

A player's coach, Daly's success at all levels was built around his ability to take diverse personalities and create a harmonious, winning team. In 1983, the stylish Daly became coach of the Detroit Pistons, a club that had never before recorded back-to-back winning seasons. He led the Pistons to nine straight winning seasons and nine straight playoff appearances. With his NBA championships in 1989 and 1990,

Daly became only the fifth coach in NBA history to win back-to-back championships. He is the also the first Hall of Fame coach to win both an NBA championship and an Olympic Gold Medal.

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