Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
|Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame|
|Type||Professional sports hall of fame|
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.
Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the Basketball Hall of Fame is dedicated to preserving and promoting basketball at all levels and also serving as the ultimate library of the sport's history. To date, the Basketball Hall of Fame has honored 326 individuals and nine teams.
Since 1959, 335 coaches, players, referees, contributors, and teams have been inducted,1 with the most recent class entering on September 8, 2013.2 John Wooden, Lenny Wilkens, and Bill Sharman have each been inducted as both player and coach (Wooden in 1961 and 1973, Sharman in 1976 and 2004, and Wilkens in 1989 and 1999).3
On three occasions, the Hall has inducted new classes without honoring a player – 1965, 1968, and 2007.4
For men, the Hall presents the Bob Cousy Award to the top point guard from among players in Divisions I, II, and III. This award, given since 2004, is voted on by Cousy and a selection of basketball writers, college basketball coaches, sports information directors and fans.
The Hall also presents the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award to two college seniors—one male player no taller than 72 inches (1.83 m), and one female player no taller than 68 inches (1.73 m)—determined to have been the nation's best student-athletes. The men's award, given since 1969, is voted on by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), and the women's, given since 1984, by members of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association.
- List of members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
- National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame
- Women's Basketball Hall of Fame
- FIBA Hall of Fame
- Hall of Famers, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, 2009
- "Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2013" (Press release). Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. April 8, 2013. Retrieved September 9, 2013.
- hoophall.com, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinees By Category, accessed February 16, 2008.
- hoophall.com, Year By Year Enshrinees into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, accessed February 16, 2008.
- Official website
- Hoop Hall History Page
- History of amateur and professional basketball in Canada
- Basketball HOF at HallOfFameMagazine.com