In Springfield, Massachusetts, the 2022 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame class was inaugurated on Saturday night. Several foGInovrmer players and coaches who completed outstanding careers to win this award were part of the 13 Hall of Fame honorees.
Tribute to Bill Russell
The evening began with a tribute to the late Bill Russell before the remarks and inductees, who died earlier this year. Bill, one of the game’s all-time greats, won 5 MVP awards and 11 titles with the Boston Celtics. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a coach and player in 1975. The NBA declared that his No. 6 would be retired throughout the league after his passing.
13 Inductees to be Enshrined this Year
Tim Hardaway, Manu Ginobili, Swin Cash, Bob Huggins, Del Harris, Lindsay Whalen, Marianne Stanley, Theresa Shank Grentz, and George Karl delivered their enshrinement addresses as new members of the Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday night.
Tim Hardaway entered the stage and recalled how Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin, two of his Golden State teammates, would frequently ask him the same question throughout his early NBA career.
Hardaway said: “They would ask me, `Tim, how great do you want to be. They have their answer. So does everyone else. He’s a basketball immortal.
The entire evening was centered around how the new Hall members had never imagined receiving such an honor. They were all grateful to those who had assisted them in getting there.
Tim Duncan, already a member of the Hall of Fame, introduced Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker, the third player in San Antonio’s illustrious Big three players, will be available for selection the following year.
“The Spurs were one big, strong, supportive family for me.
Gregg Popovich, the Spurs coach, will eventually join them in the Hall of Fame; however, he doesn’t want to be considered until after his career is complete. For him, Ginobili held a unique tribute.
Ginobili further added:
“Pop, what can I say? You’ve been so, so important for me and my family, on and off the court, that’ll I never be able to thank you enough.
The Hall of Famer Geno Auriemma, who was Cash’s coach at UConn, and her Huskies teammates, including the group that went 39-0 during her senior season in 2001-02. She was also honored by the NCAA, WNBA, and Olympic champion.
Swin Cash, who works in the front office of the New Orleans Pelicans, said:
“If anyone’s debating the greatest basketball team ever, ask about us.
Apart from Ginobili and Duncan, teammates Stanley and Shank Grentz were at Immaculata in the 1970s before switching to coaching careers and now attended the Hall together.
“It’s the privilege of a lifetime.
Hockey to Basketball
Whalen, a former hockey player who switched to basketball, was anxious, sobbing, and apprehensive about attending her first basketball camp. However, since her parents had already paid for camp and were refusing to release her, talks swiftly turned to compromise. Finally, a deal was reached: Whalen got a Whopper Jr. for the ride home if she went camping.
She was unfortunate since her parents did not want her to play hockey. Before enrolling in the seminary, Harris’ lecturer advised him to spend a year coaching a junior high basketball team.
The group known as “Run TMC,” which is still well-liked today, was founded by Tim Hardaway, Richmond, and Mullin. Richmond joined the Hall in 2011, three years after Mullin. They were positioned directly to Hardaway’s left on stage on Saturday night when his wait was finally over.
Seven additional new members were also honored who had all passed away: Wyatt “Sonny” Boswell, Inman Jackson, and Albert “Runt” Pullins, three former members of the Harlem Globetrotters, and Hugh Evans, one of the NBA’s first Black referees.