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Basketball Hall of Fame enshrines its new Class of 2022 – Brospar Daily News

Tim Hardaway took the stage to tell the story of his early days in the NBA, when Golden State teammates Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin often asked him the same questions. ? ‘” Hardaway said. They had their answers. Everyone too. He was a basketball immortal. Hardaway, Manu Ginobili, Swain Cash, Bob Harkin Saturday Night Esther, Del Harris, Lindsay Whalen, Marian Stanley, Teresa Shank-Grenz and George Carr all delivered their stories in Springfield as new members of the Basketball Hall of Fame Consecration Speech, Mass. “A kid from east Chicago came all the way to Springfield, Mass.,” Hardaway said. “Incredible. “It was the theme of the whole evening: an accolade that the new Hall members never expected has now come to them, and each of them is grateful to those who helped them reach the top Manu Ginobili was recommended by Tim Duncan, he’s already a Hall of Famer himself, and next year the third member of San Antonio’s legendary Big Three – Tony Parker – will be eligible. said Ginobili. One day, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich will also be in the room. The winning leader in NBA history does not want to be considered until the end of his career. Ginobili gave him a special tribute .You have been so, so important to me and my family and I will never be able to thank you on and off the court, ”said Ginobili hoarsely. Cash – NCAA, WNBA and Olympic champion – also pays tribute to her UConn Coach, Hall of Famer Geno Auriemma and to his Huskies teammates, including a team that went 39-0 in 2001-02,” said Cash, who is now in New Orleans. . Front office work for the Pelicans. Duncan and Ginobili weren’t the only teammates in the building. Stanley and Shank Grenz were teammates at Immaculata in the 1970s before they began their coaching careers – and now, together in the hallway. “It was the honor of a lifetime,” Stanley said. Her choice in April: “I’m always overwhelmed.” After Whalen’s storied career, she returned to her alma mater, Minnesota, and coached there, where she might have been inducted into the Hall of Fame first, thanks to a fast food company. Thanks, Burger King,” Whalen said. Explanation: When Whalen, a reformed hockey player, went to her first basketball camp, she was anxious, crying and didn’t want to go to the gym. But her parents had paid for the camp and had no intention of letting her go. , so the negotiations were quick. The deal was eventually made; if Whalen was going camping, she would buy a Whopper Jr. with cheese to take home. For Harris, a teacher who encouraged him to spend a year coaching a high school basketball team before joining the seminary. Harris would become a pastor; ironically, the basketball man’s founder, Dr. James Naismith, is also a pastor. Instead, Harris followed in Naismith’s footsteps as a coach. NBA, international and FIBA ​​level players. His path to the Hall of Fame came from mundane beginnings, like Hudgens — who now coaches at his alma mater West Virginia and won more than 900 games during his college career — and Karl, whom he taught to his college coach at North Carolina Dean Smith was emotional as he paid tribute, laughing as he talked about the challenges of coaching a Hall of Famer like Gary Payton, Carr said. “It was a ‘wow’ moment for me. . Hudgens even offered some advice when speaking to Naismith Hall of Fame President Jerry Colangelo. “You can clap, I think,” Hudgens said. “I’m not entirely sure of the rules, but what exactly is it, let’s write as we go. Hardaway, Richmond and Mullin formed a trio called ‘Run TMC’, which is still popular today. Three years later, Mullin walked into the Richmond venue in 2011. They were on stage Saturday night, seated to the left of Hada Wei, his wait is finally over. “Legends, baby,” said said Hardaway “We are legends. Seven other new Hall members also passed away, and they are honored: Hugh Evans, one of the NBA’s first black umpires, six-time All-Star Lou Hudson, former coach Larry Kose Tello, the former Harlem globetrotter of international superstar Radivoy Colac and the trio of Wyatt “Sonny” Boswell, Inman Jackson and Albert “Runt” Pullins Special tribute to two-time Hall of Famer Bill Russell To give him back tribute, he came as a player and then as a coach Russell died earlier this year, and Saturday’s ceremony began with Hall of Famers Jerry West and Alonzo Mourning paying tribute to the 11-time champion. . “And in his own way, made every life he touched for the better. That is why he will be missed, especially by those lucky enough to know him. Mourning added, speaking of Russell’s work as a social justice advocate: “Rest in peace my friends. ”

Tim Hardaway took the stage to tell the story of his early days in the NBA, when Golden State teammates Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin often asked him the same questions.

“They were like, ‘Tim, how good do you want to be?'” Hardaway said.

They have their answers. The same goes for everyone. He is an immortal basketball player.

On Saturday night, Hardaway, Manu Ginobili, Swain Cash, Bob Hudgens, Del Harris, Lindsay Whalen, Marian Stanley, Teresa Shan Grenz and George Carr both gave their dedication speeches as new inductees into the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.

“A kid from east Chicago came all the way to Springfield, Massachusetts,” Hardaway said. “excellent.”

It was the theme of the whole evening: an honor that the new members of the Hall did not expect has now come to them, and each of them thanked those who helped them reach the top.

Ginobili was nominated by Hall of Famer Tim Duncan, and next year the third member of San Antonio’s legendary Big Three – Tony Parker – will be eligible.

“For me, Spurs are one big, strong and supportive family,” Ginobili said.

One day Spurs manager Gregg Popovich will be in the room. The winning leader in NBA history does not want to be considered until the end of his career. Ginobili gave him a special tribute.

“Dad, what can I say? You are so, so important to me and my family, on and off the pitch, I can’t thank you enough,” Ginobili said hoarsely.

Cash – NCAA, WNBA and Olympic champion – also paid tribute to her UConn coach, Hall of Famer Geno Auriemma and her Huskies teammates, including a group that went 39-0 in 2001-02.

“If anyone talks about the greatest basketball team of all time, ask us,” said Cash, who now works in the front office of the New Orleans Pelicans.

Duncan and Ginobili weren’t the only teammates in the building. Stanley and Shank Grentz were teammates at Immaculata in the 1970s before continuing their coaching careers – and now, at Hall together.

“It’s the privilege of a lifetime,” Stanley said.

Like all inductees, Shank Grentz added that she learned of her selection in April: “I’m still overwhelmed.

After Whalen’s storied career, she came back and coached in her alma mater, Minnesota, and thanks to a fast food business, she may have entered the Hall of Fame first.

“Thank you, Burger King,” Whalen said.

Explanation: When Whalen, a reformed hockey player, went to her first basketball camp, she was anxious, crying, and didn’t want to go to the gym. But her parents had paid for the camp and had no intention of letting her out, so negotiations quickly took place. A deal was eventually reached; if Whalen was going camping, she would buy a Whopper Jr. with cheese to take home.

“I ended up having a great time,” Whalen said.

Her parents didn’t want her to play hockey as a turning point for her. For Harris, he was a teacher who encouraged him to spend a year coaching a high school basketball team before joining the seminary.

Harris will be pastor; ironically, the founder of basketball, Dr. James Naismith, is also a pastor. Instead, Harris followed in Naismith’s footsteps as a coach.

“After this year, I knew what I wanted to do with my life,” said Harris, who has coached at almost every level imaginable – high school, college, NBA, international and FIBA.

His path to the halls came from humble beginnings, like Huggins — who now coaches at his alma mater, West Virginia, and has won more than 900 games during his college career — and Karl, when he moved to his Emotional College Tributes At North Carolina State Coach, Dean Smith, laughed when it came to the challenge of coaching a Hall of Famer like Gary Payton.

“For a guy from Penn Hills, Pennsylvania, that’s amazing,” Karl said. “It was a ‘wow’ moment for me.”

Hudgens even offered a little coaching by speaking to Naismith Hall of Fame President Jerry Colangelo.

“I think you can clap,” Hudgens said. “I’m not sure of the rules, but what are they, let’s write as we go.”

Hardaway, Richmond and Mullin formed the trio known as “Run TMC”, which remains popular today. Three years later, Mullin walked into the Richmond Hall in 2011. They were on stage Saturday night, seated just to the left of Hardaway, and his wait was finally over.

“A legend, baby,” Hardaway said. “We are legends.”

Also honored are seven new Hall members, all deceased: Hugh Evans, one of the NBA’s first black umpires, six-time All-Star Lou Hudson, former coach Larry Costello, international great Radivoy Colac and former globetrotting trio of Wyatt “Sonny” Boswell, Inman Jackson and Albert “Runt” Pullins.

And a special tribute to two-time Hall of Famer Bill Russell, who came in as a player and then as a coach. Russell passed away earlier this year, and Saturday’s ceremony began with Hall of Famers Jerry West and Alonzo Mourning paying tribute to the 11-time champion.

“Bill is the ultimate competitor on the court and a star off the court,” West said. “And in his own way, made every life he touched for the better. That is why he will be missed, especially by those who were lucky enough to know him.

Mourning added that he was talking about Russell’s work as a social justice advocate: “Rest in peace my friend.”

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