2021 Basketball Hall of Fame inducted in Springfield
This is a day of celebration and reverence, because the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2021 is the 20th anniversary of its establishment on September 11.
A record 16 shortlisted candidates took the stage to receive recognition, including the great Celtics Bill RussellFor the second time, he was selected as a coach instead of a player.
Russel joins Lenny Wilkens, Bill Sharman and Tom Heinsohn, becoming the only person to get these two roles.
The 11-time champion is the first black coach in the history of American professional sports and the first black coach to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1975.
Former President Barack Obama won the honor through the video.
Russell was not the only Celtics to be worshipped on Saturday.
In his speech, Paul Pierce Thanks to the nine NBA teams who abandoned him in the 1998 NBA Draft.
Former Miami Heat Big Three Chris Bosh uses his time on stage Return the championship ring In 2010, coach Pat Riley lent Bosh to persuade him to sign with the Heat.
Chris Weber I would like to thank the hosts Isiah Thomas and Charles Barkley for setting an example for his career on and off the court.
Former Detroit Pistons Ben Wallace Delivered one of the most touching speeches, prompting the crowd to call for another performance again.
“Legacy is enduring. But what type of legacy are you building? What potential legacy? I will tell you my legacy: I am not welcome. I am too young. I cannot play the way they want me to play. The game. It sounds like an unbalanced game to me. Put me on a level playing field and I will show it to you,” Wallace said, then raised his fist and said, “Black Panthers march. “
Also enshrined are coach Rick Adelman, Cotton Fitzsimmons (posthumously), Jay Wright, executive Val Ackerman, former WNBA star Yolanda Griffith With Lauren Jackson, basketball coach Howard Garfunkel, player Clarence “Fatty” Jenkins and college scoring star Pearl Moore.
This post is written by Bonny Johnson