Basketball Hall Of Fame, Class of 2014
08/06/2014 7:34 PM
08/09/2014 6:54 PM
Immaculata University, women’s team
Coached by Hall of Famer Cathy Rush, the Mighty Macs won three consecutive AIAW championships from 1972 to 1974 and were the first women’s team to play on national TV and at Madison Square Garden. The team has three Hall of Famers in Mary Scharff, Theresa Shank and Marianne Crawford.
Alonzo Mourning, player
A two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, Mourning was a seven-time All-Star with Charlotte and Miami.
Nolan Richardson, coach
Best-known for leading Arkansas to the 1994 NCAA men’s championship, Richardson is also the only coach to win a National Invitation Tournament championship and national junior college championship.
Mitch Richmond, player
Though he started his career with Golden State, Richmond is the first Sacramento King inducted into the Hall of Fame. A six-time All-Star, he won the game’s MVP award in 1995. Richmond averaged 21 points in 976 NBA games.
Gary Williams, coach
Coached Maryland to 14 NCAA Tournament berths in his final 18 seasons. Reached the Sweet 16 seven times, the Final Four twice and led the Terrapins to the national title in 2002. He is Maryland's winningest coach at 461-252.
Bob Leonard, coach
The man nicknamed “Slick” was the winningest coach in the American Basketball Association with the Indiana Pacers, compiling a record of 387-270. He led the Pacers to ABA titles in 1970, 1972 and 1973 and five other appearances in the ABA finals.
David Stern, commissioner
Served as the NBA commissioner from 1984 until 2014, overseeing the league’s growth into an international success. The league expanded from 23 teams to 30 under Stern’s watch, with television revenue growing from approximately $10 million per year to $900 million.
Nate Clifton, contributor
Was the second African American to sign a contract with an NBA team in 1950 with the New York Knicks. “Sweetwater” had played for the Harlem Globetrotters before embarking on a seven-year career in the NBA.
Sarunas Marciulionis, player
Was the first player from Lithuania (Soviet Union) to play in the NBA. He led the Soviet Union to the gold medal in the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul before embarking on an NBA career starting in 1989 with the Golden State Warriors. Played for the Kings in 1995-96.
Guy Rodgers, player
Rodgers was one of the top point guards in the NBA during the 1960s, beginning his career with the Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors. On the night Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in 1962, Rodgers had 20 assists.
Bee Sports staff
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