Gilmore, Rodman, Mullin among 10 selected to HOF

Posted: 05/04/2011 in NBA, NCAAB
Mullin, Rodman headline 2011 Hall of Fame class
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Chris Mullin and Dennis Rodman are among this year’s inductees for the Basketball Hall of Fame. The other eight members of the 2011 class are Artis Gilmore, Arvydas Sabonis, Teresa Edwards, Tara VanDerveer, Tom “Satch” Sanders, Tex Winter, Herb Magee and Reece “Goose” Tatum.

Mullin, already a Hall of Famer as a member of the 1992 U.S. Olympic “Dream Team” that was inducted last year, was among the 12 finalists that were announced in February. Rodman, Edwards, VanDerveer, Winter and Magee were the others from that group to be elected.

The other four were voted into the Hall by specific screening committees. Gilmore was selected by the newly-created ABA committee, while the veterans panel chose Sanders. Sabonis was the international committee’s pick and Tatum, a member of the Harlem Globetrotters, was selected by another new group, the early African-American Pioneers committee.

Enshrinement ceremonies are set for August 12 in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Mullin, a finalist for the fourth year in a row, was a five-time NBA All-Star and collegiate standout at St. John’s, where he is still the all-time scoring leader and was named Big East Player of the Year an unprecedented three times. In addition to his 1992 gold medal, he also won Olympic gold as a collegian in 1984, then played 16 NBA seasons for Golden State and Indiana, amassing 17,911 points.

“The biggest thing is my coaches,” said Mullin, who first harkened back to his fourth-grade coach in Brooklyn before continuing. “Hall of Fame coach Lou Carnesecca at St. John’s, in the NBA, I had so many great people to look up to.”

Rodman was arguably the premier small-forward rebounder of his generation, winning a record seven consecutive rebounding titles (1991-98). The controversial second-round pick of the Detroit Pistons in 1986 was also honored eight straight times as a member of the NBA’s All-Defensive team and won five NBA titles, two with Detroit and three with Chicago, but also had many off-court issues that helped made him a household name.

“It’s cool man. I feel kind of out of place,” Rodman said Monday. “[The Hall of Fame] could have went the other way. They could have said some the things you’ve done off the court are not conducive of the Hall of Fame.”

Gilmore starred for Kentucky of the old ABA, which rivaled the NBA from 1967 until merging with the more established league in 1976. He was a member of the ABA’s 30-man all-time team, won one ABA title and captured the MVP award in 1972. He was also a six-time All-Star in the NBA after the merger, finishing with more than 24,000 combined points.

Sabonis was known as one of the top big men in European history and also played in the NBA with the Portland Trail Blazers from 1995-2003. Considered one of the top passing centers of all-time, Sabonis was named the Euroleague’s MVP and was a two-time European Player of the Year. He also won Olympic gold and bronze playing for the old Soviet Union and with his native Lithuania.

Edwards, a women’s committee selection, was the first American basketball player to participate in five Olympic Games — winning gold four times and bronze in the fifth. In college, she was a two-time All-America selection while leading Georgia to the Final Four twice.

VanDerveer, also a women’s committee choice, began her collegiate coaching career in 1978 and continues today at Stanford. She has guided the Cardinal to a pair of NCAA championships with nine Final Four appearances, and has won more than 800 games during her tenure. On the international level, she guided the U.S. women to Olympic gold in 1996.

Sanders was a member of eight NBA championship teams with the Boston Celtics from 1961-69. He also coached the Celtics and was a coach on the collegiate level at Harvard. Following his coaching career he became instrumental in the development of the NBA’s Rookie Transition Program and was a founder of the player programs for the NBA.

Winter began his coaching career in 1947 as an assistant with Kansas State and compiled a 454-333 record as a collegiate head coach with the Wildcats, Washington and Long Beach State. He was also part of nine NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, and is known for building the foundation of the triangle-post offense that has fueled the success for both teams.

Magee has won more than 900 games at Division II Philadelphia University, where he has coached since 1966. His victory count is good for first all-time in NCAA basketball history for any level at the same institution and he continues to be active today at Philly U, where he has guided the school to 25 NCAA Division II Tournament appearances with one title.

Tatum, who will be enshrined posthumously, was the original clown prince of the Harlem Globetrotters and would be known as a basketball ambassador around the world for more than 25 years. He would play the important pivot position in the Globetrotter offense and was one of the first to shoot the hook shot with an arm span of 84-inches.

To be elected, finalists required 18 of 24 votes from the Honors Committee of the Hall of Fame.

Finalists that did not gain selection were Maurice Cheeks, Ralph Sampson, Jamaal Wilkes, Dick Motta, Al Attles and referee Hank Nichols.

– Steve

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