The The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, located in Springfield, Massachusetts, United States, honors exceptional basketball players, coaches, referees, executives, and other major contributors to the game of basketball worldwide. The Basketball Hall of Fame was first incorporated in 1959 at Springfield College - the institution where James Naismith invented the sport in 1891 - and in that year, the hall inducted its first class of members.
Achievements: Widely considered the greatest amateur team ever assembled; won the gold medal at the 1960 Summer Olympics with an 8–0 record and an average victory margin of over 40 points; roster (Jay Arnette, Walt Bellamy, Bob Boozer, Terry Dischinger, Burdette Haldorson, Darrall Imhoff, Allen Kelley, Lester Lane, Jerry Lucas, Oscar Robertson, Adrian Smith, Jerry West) included four Hall of Fame players (Bellamy, Lucas, Robertson, West) and 10 future NBA players, with four named consecutively as Rookies of the Year (Robertson, Bellamy, Dischinger, Lucas from 1961–64) and three named among the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996 (Lucas, Robertson, West); coaching staff (Pete Newell, Warren Womble, Dutch Lonborg) included two Hall of Famers (Newell and Lonborg)
Achievements: Called by the Hall of Fame "the greatest collection of basketball talent on the planet"; won the gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics with an 8–0 record and an average victory margin of nearly 44 points; roster (Charles Barkley, Larry Bird, Clyde Drexler, Patrick Ewing, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Christian Laettner, Karl Malone, Chris Mullin, Scottie Pippen, David Robinson,John Stockton) included 11 Hall of Fame players (all except Laettner) and 10 named among the NBA's 50 Greatest (all except Laettner and Mullin); coaching staff (Chuck Daly, Lenny Wilkens, Mike Krzyzewski, P. J. Carlesimo) included three Hall of Famers (Daly, Wilkens, Krzyzewski)
Achievements: Owner of the Harlem Globetrotters. Saperstein's Globetrotters played before 55 million fans in 87 countries; the Globetrotters were part of the first basketball sellout ever at Madison Square Garden; led the Globetrotters to the World Professional Title (1940); won the International Cup with the Globetrotters (1943–44)
Achievements: NIT championship (Kentucky, 1946); four NCAA championships (Kentucky; 1948, 1949, 1951, 1958); four-time National and Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year; co-coached U.S. Olympic team (London, 1948); 27 Southeastern Conference championships (Kentucky)
Achievements: Eight European Championships (1959, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1979, 1981); World Championships (1967, 1982); Olympic gold medal (Seoul, 1988); three-time European Coach of the Year; one of the 10 Greatest Coaches in Euroleague History (2008)
Achievements: NAIB Finals appearance (Pepperdine; 1945); Director and founder of NAIB/NAIA National Basketball Championship Tournament (1949–75); member of U.S. Basketball Association Ethics Committee (1960–64); Board of Directors, U.S. Olympic Committee
Achievements: Nine National Basketball Association (NBA) championships (Boston Celtics; 1957, 1959–66); coached NBA All-Star Game (1957–67); NBA Coach of the Year (1965); NBA Executive of the Year (1980); one of the Top 10 Coaches in NBA History (1996)
Achievements: Officiated in the Missouri Valley Conference, Big Eight, Kansas and Missouri Conferences, and the national AAU championships; one of the founders of the NABC; author of the NABC's Constitution and By-Laws, and designer of its emblem; promoted the adoption of molded basketball by colleges
Achievements: 8 Oklahoma state championships and 7 runner-ups; compiled 36 20-plus win seasons, including 28 consecutive (1930–57); founded the first girls' basketball clinic and camp in the Southwest; coach of the Decade (1930s, 1940s, 1960s) by Jim Thorpe Athletic Awards Committee (1974)
Achievements: Only coach to win professional championships and Coach of the Year honors the same season in three different leagues (American Basketball League, Cleveland Pipers, 1962; ABA, Utah Stars, 1971; NBA, Los Angeles Lakers, 1972); coached the Los Angeles Lakers to an NBA-record 33 consecutive victories (1971–72)
Achievements: Italian national championship (Oransoda team, 1968); oversaw the introduction of the three-point line in international competition; overseen reorganization of FIBA into zonal administration system; member of International Olympic Committee
Achievements: Three NCAA tournament appearances and six conference championships (Oklahoma; 1939, 1943, 1947); Chairman of NCAA Rules Committee (1951–55); co-coached U.S. Olympic team (Melbourne, 1956)
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