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The Basketball Hall Of Fame Announces 11 New Inductees

The Basketball Hall Of Fame Announces 11 New Inductees


The Basketball Hall of Fame has released the list of names of its new inductees, who will all be inducted this coming September 11.

John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, said in a statement:

“We are honored to recognize the highly distinguished Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2015. They have contributed a great deal to the game we all love, as players, coaches, teachers, mentors and more. They have dedicated themselves to their craft and serve as an inspiration to many. We look forward to honoring each of these inductees during the Enshrinement festivities in September.”

The official report adds:

To be elected, finalists must receive 18 of 24 votes from the Honors Committee for election into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  The addition of the direct elect committees were incorporated into the election process to maintain a strong focus on keeping history on the forefront of the voting procedures and to preserve a balance between two eras of basketball.

Check out some of the NBA inductees below:

  • Spencer Haywood

You may have known him as the former center of the SuperSonics. Many are surprised he didn’t make it as an inductee earlier. Sources reveal he tried to enter NBA right after his sophomore year in college but was unable to due to league rules at the time, when several teams were already trying to get him to join them.  He struggled with drug use and bounced through a total of five NBA teams after finally joining the league in 1970.

  • Dikembe Mutombo

Mutombo is notable for his defensiveness on court, especially during the NBA’s best era in defensive basketball. He worked his way through eight All-Star appearances and bagged four Defensive Player of the Year trophies. He’s also said to have been an effective reserve center even in his early 40s.

  • Jo Jo White

Like a couple of others, it’s quite a shock that White is just about to be inducted. This seven-time All-Star player has been quite famous since the 1970s, especially after winning two titles with the Boston Celtics and almost winning the league’s nationally televised one-on-one contest. Aside from winning the 1976 NBA Finals MVP award versus Phoenix, he is also an Olympic gold medalist since year 1968.

  • Dick Bavetta

Perhaps one of the most visible referees in NBA history, Bavetta has been working for them for almost 40 years. He has 7 NBA Finals’ and the 1992 Team USA-led Men’s Olympic Games under his belt.

  • John Calipari

Calipari was personnel chief and head coach of the former New Jersey Nets. His record was 72-112 before being fired 20 games into his 3rd season. He was also an assistant uner Larry Brown, a regular at each year’s NBA draft and remains a favorite of NBAniks for stubbornly going against NCAA policies and encouraging draft candidates to go professional after just a couple of seasons.

  • Tom Heinsohn

He had been part of the Celtics for eight and a half years, during which the team had won two titles including a 68-13 turn in 1973 that stood as NBA’s second highest single-season win total for quite a while.

  • Louie Dampier

Dampier is known for being an early three-point shot adapter in the ABA and for leading the Kentucky Colonels to the 1975 ABA title.

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Suspended Saints Coach Gets Permission To Attend Induction

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