The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced, at NBA All-Star Weekend, three elite players, nine outstanding coaches, one exceptional referee and one record-setting team as finalists from the North American and Women’s committees to be considered for election in 2016. This year’s list includes seven first-time finalists: 27-year NBA referee Darell Garretson, nine-time NBA All-Star Allen Iverson, two-time NABC Coach of the Year Tom Izzo, the first African-American coach in a professional league John McLendon, three-time NBA Finals MVP Shaquille O’Neal, four-time WNBA Champion Sheryl Swoopes and 10-time AAU National Champions Wayland Baptist University.
Longtime NBA reporter David Aldridge and ESPN broadcaster Jay Bilas are the 2016 Curt Gowdy Media Award recipients. The two will be acknowledged for their contributions to basketball during the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement events September 8-10 in Springfield, Massachusetts.
The owner of a well-known downtown strip club says the NBA All-Star parties planned at his bar this weekend were meant to show support for the massive basketball event — not break laws. So Zanzibar Tavern owner Allen Cooper was stunned when NBA representatives and a city bylaw officer showed up at his business on Yonge St., near Gerrard St., and started peeling posters from the windows on Friday.
The first NBA All-Star Weekend in Toronto is upon us, and as we prepare it’s hard not to wonder what the event’s lasting legacy will be. Will it be the fact this is the first all-star game held outside of the United States? Will it be the possibility of a trade deadline deal first gaining traction with all the NBA personnel in the city? How about the many, many parties going on?