The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today, at NBA All-Star Weekend, six elite players, five outstanding coaches and one iconic referee as finalists from the North American and Women’s committees to be considered for election in 2015. This year’s list includes nine first-time finalists: 39-year NBA referee Dick Bavetta, two-time College Coach of the Year John Calipari, two-time NBA Coach of the Year Bill Fitch, all-time winningest boys high school coach Robert Hughes, eight-time NBA All-Star Dikembe Mutombo, four-time Division III national champion coach Bo Ryan, seven-time NBA All-Star Jo Jo White, the all-time winningest high school coach Leta Andrews and three-time WNBA MVP Lisa Leslie. Previous finalists included again this year for consideration are five-time NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway, four-time NBA All-Star Spencer Haywood and three-time NBA All-Star Kevin Johnson.
Five Direct-Elect Members Announced for the Class of 2015 by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the first five members of the Class of 2015. These specific categories were directly elected by distinguished committees focused on preserving all areas from the game of basketball. These Direct-Elects include Louie Dampier voted in from the American Basketball Association (ABA) Committee, Lindsay Gaze from the International Committee, Tom Heinsohn from the Veterans Committee, John Isaacs from the Early African American Pioneers Committee, and George Raveling from the Contributor Direct Election Committee.
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Announces Basketball Clinics In Conjunction with Charity Golf Classic
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the details regarding the Hall of Fame Youth Clinics presented by Wendy’s that will be held at Immokalee and Community School of Naples on Monday, February 16th. The clinics are focused around creating awareness of the issues surrounding today’s youth, by inspiring and encouraging them through character education and positive messages beyond the basketball court.
NBA Player, Coach and Executive Rod Thorn To Receive Basketball Hall of Fame’s 2015 John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award
Announced today at NBA All-Star weekend, Rod Thorn has been selected by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to receive the 2015 John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award after more than 50 years within the NBA in multiple capacities.
Famed photographer Rich Clarkson and broadcaster of more than 40 years Woody Durham are the 2015 Curt Gowdy Media Award recipients. The two will be acknowledged for their contributions to basketball during the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement events September 10-11 in Springfield, Massachusetts.