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The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

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.

(from Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame site, wikipedia.org)

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1960 United States Olympic Team

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)

1992 United States Olympic Team ("Dream Team")

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)

Abraham M. "Abe" Saperstein

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)

Adolph F. Rupp

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)

Aleksandar "Aca" Nikolić

Achievements: European Coach of the Year (1966, 1976); European Championship (1977); World Championship (1978); one of the 10 Greatest Coaches in Euroleague History (2008)

Aleksandr J. Gomelsky

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)

Alessandro "Sandro" Gamba

Achievements: Olympic silver medal (Moscow, 1980); European Championships gold medal (1983); European Championships silver medal (1991); European Championships bronze medal (1985)

Alexander M. "Alex" Hannum

Achievements: AAU championship (Wichita Vickers, 1959); NBA Coach of the Year (1964); American Basketball Association (ABA) Coach of the Year (1969)

Alfred J. "Al" McGuire

Achievements: NIT championship (Marquette, 1970); National Coach of the Year (1971); NABC Coach of the Year (1974); NCAA championship (1977)

Alva O. Duer

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

Alvin F. Julian

Achievements: NCAA championship (Holy Cross, 1947); three Ivy League championships (Dartmouth; 1956, 1958–59)

Amory T. Gill

Achievements: Five Pacific Coast Conference championships (Oregon State; 1933, 1947, 1949, 1955, 1958); eight Far West Conference championships; coached 1964 NABC All-Star Game

Amos Alonzo Stagg

Achievements: Played in the first public basketball game at Springfield and scored the team's only basket in a 5–1 loss; 7 Big Ten titles during late 19th century and early 20th century (Chicago)

Antonio Díaz-Miguel

Achievements: European Championships silver medal (1973, 1983); Spain's Coach of the Year (1981–82); Olympic silver medal (Los Angeles, 1984); Spanish Coach from 1965 to 1992

Arad A. McCutchan

Achievements: Five NCAA College Division championships (Evansville; 1959–60, 1964–65, 1971); NCAACollege Division Coach of the Year (1964–65); coached the Olympic Trials teams (1960, 1968)

Arnold J. "Red" Auerbach

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)

Arthur A. Schabinger

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

Arthur C. "Dutch" Lonborg

Achievements: AAU championship (Washburn, 1925); Big Ten Conference championship (Northwestern, 1931); chaired the NCAA Tournament Committee (1947–60); manager of U.S. Olympic team (Rome, 1960)

Arthur L. Trester

Achievements: Commissioner of Indiana High School Athletic Association (1922–44); coach and referee in Indiana; known as the "Czar" of Indiana high school athletics

Bernard L. "Ben" Carnevale

Achievements: Southern Conference championship (North Carolina, 1945); NCAA championship (North Carolina, 1946); College Coach of the Year, 1947; five NCAA and two NIT tournament appearances (Navy)

Bertha F. Teague

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)

Bill Sharman

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)

Billie J. Moore

Achievements: AIAW championship (Cal State Fullerton, 1970); AIAW Final Four (1970, 1972, 1975, 1978–79); Olympic silver medal (Montreal, 1976); AIAW Championship (UCLA, 1978)

Borislav "Boris" Stankovic

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

Bruce Drake

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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