Basketball Celebrity Class 2022: Manu Ginobili, Tim Hardaway, Swin Cash among dedicated recruits

The class of 2022 was dedicated to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday evening in Springfield, Massachusetts. Among the 13 Hall of Fame inductees are a number of former players and coaches who have worked together in illustrious careers to earn this honor.

Before the introductory speeches and ceremonies, the night began with a tribute to the late Bill Russell, who passed away earlier this year. One of the game’s all-time legends, Russell won 11 championships and 5 best player awards with Boston Celtics He was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a player (1975) and as a coach (2021). After his death, the NBA announced that the sixth-place finisher would retire across the league.

Here is a list of all 13 recruits to be honored this year:

Manu Ginobili

Of course, Ginobili has spent his entire career with San Antonio SpursShe won four titles alongside Tim Duncan and Tony Parker. A two-time All-Star, two-time All-NBA performer and one of the sixth best players in NBA history, Ginobili was a fan favorite across the league thanks to his flair and creativity.

Ginobili spoke about growing up and learning the game in Argentina, leaving him to play professionally in Italy and his time with the Argentine national team. Naturally, he also took the time to thank Spurs for seizing the opportunity. In particular, he had some kind words for Greg Popovich, Tim Duncan, and Tony Parker.

“Bob, what can I say man? You’ve been so important to me and my family on and off the field that I will never be able to thank you enough. [Tim Duncan], one of the best players to have ever played the game, but also one of his best teammates. Man I learned a lot from you how to be a leader, how to set an example on and off the field. [Tony Parker] – We had our priorities, man. We don’t let our ego stand in our way. We knew when it was your time, when it was mine and when it was [Duncan’s] The time – that was most of the time – we got it done. We got the job done man, it was a pleasure.”

Tim Hardaway

Hardaway, father Dallas Mavericks Tim Hardaway, Jr., was one of the best bouncers of the ’90s. During that decade, he made five All-Star games and five NBA teams, including a first-team debut in 1997. He also helped the US team win a gold medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.

During his speech, Hardaway shouted out some of his teammates from his days with Golden State Warriors.

Chris Mullen and Mitch Richmond: “Running TMC.” ‘Myth, baby. We were legendary. When I came to the NBA, these two guys taught me everything – how to be a professional, how to take care of myself. They’d ask me, ‘Tim, how awesome do you really want to be?’ Mully and Rock, they made me who I am today. And “Run TMC,” a man we were before our time. “

swine cash

Cash, who was selected last summer for the WNBA 25th Anniversary Team, has starred at the collegiate, professional and international levels. She is a two-time NCAA champion, three-time WNBA champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist. She also made four WNBA All-Star games and two All-WNBA teams.

Cash gave a special shout out to her fellow UConn Huskies:

“To Tamkia Williams-Jeter, Asjha Jones, and Sue Bird. There’s no big hat I can tell you three that I haven’t already told you in person. But what I’m going to say is this since I hit the stage: Replace our college experience with anything. We were the savers, we were the culture.” And if anyone is discussing the best college basketball team ever, ask about us.”

Lindsey Wallen

Whalen, like Cash, was also named to the WNBA 25th Anniversary Team. She is a four-time WNBA champion, two-time Olympic gold medalist and the all-time leader in the WNBA playoffs. Whalen was also a five All-Star and was selected for five All-WNBA teams.

Whalen gave one of the most humorous speeches of the night. In one story, she thanked Burger King, explaining that as a child, the promise of Whopper Junior on the way home from basketball camp was an hour away enough to convince her to carry on even when she didn’t want to. She also made a quick announcement about her husband’s insurance business which obviously embarrassed him but made the whole room laugh.

George Carl

Karl spent five seasons with the San Antonio Spurs in the ABA and NBA, but is best known for his prolific coaching career. He was the head coach for six different teams and only missed the playoffs five times in 27 seasons. NBA Coach of the Year in 2013, he led the Seattle Super Sonics to the NBA Finals in 1996 and is sixth in all-time coaching wins with 1,175.

Bob Huggins

Huggins has been coaching at the university level since 1977, and is still responsible for West Virginia. He left his mark in Cincinnati, which led to the show reaching the Final Four in 1992 for the first time in nearly 30 years. When he took over at West Virginia, he quickly took them to Final Four in 2010 for the first time in more than 50 years. He is the sixth coach to win the NCAA Division I ever, with 900 career victories.

Marian Stanley

Stanley’s coaching career spans across both the undergraduate and WNBA ranks. She began her career as a head coach at Old Dominion in 1977, and elevated the program to a national strength during her tenure. Stanley led Old Dominion to a national championship in 1985, and went to the Final Four three times – twice with Old Dominion and once with Stanford. She also had stints with Penn, USC and California before transitioning to the professional level, earning WNBA Coach of the Year honors in 2002 with Washington Mystics.

Hugh Evans

Evans spent 28 seasons as a referee in the NBA, managing more than 2,000 games from regular season encounters to the NBA Finals and featuring a host of Hall of Fame players from Jerry West and Michael Jordan, to Kobe Bryant and Allen Iverson. When Evans is honored Saturday night, he will become the first black referee in the Hall of Fame, and only the seventh NBA referee.

Lou Hudson

Hudson played 13 years in the NBA, was a six-time All-Star and had a career average of 20.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 2.7 assists. Prior to that, Hudson was a major in college in Minnesota averaging 20.4 points and nine rebounds over three seasons before being named fourth overall by St. Louis. hawks in 1966. Hudson played his first two seasons in St. Louis before the team moved to Atlanta, spending his last two years with Los Angeles Lakers He plays alongside Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Larry Costello

Costello is rare as one of only 14 people to win an NBA championship as a player and coach. Win as a player while competing for Philadelphia 76ers In 1967, he then won as head coach of Dar Milwaukee Bucks In 1971, where he trained Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson. Costello collected a record 430-300 over 10 seasons of coaching in the league, reaching the Finals again with the Bucks in 1974.

from Harris

Harris has been a head coach at the high school, college, National Basketball Association, and international level. At the university level, he led Earlham College for nine seasons, setting a record 175-70. When he jumped to the ABA/NBA, first as an assistant in 1975, he continued climbing the coaching ladder to the point where he was named Coach of the Year in 1995 with the Los Angeles Lakers. He also spent some time training abroad, most notably as coach of the Chinese men’s national team during the 2004 Olympics. Harris is currently the Vice President of G League Texas Legends.

Theresa Shank Grintz

Grentz was a member of the Immaculata women’s basketball team in the 1970s that won three consecutive AIAW National Championships from 1972 to 1974. Technically, Grentz has already been in the hall once before, as have the Immaculata teams that won those three consecutive titles in 2014. Aside from her success as a player, Grentz has also had success as a coach at the university level. She collected the record 681-362 while training St. Joseph, Rutgers, Illinois, and Lafayette. Grentz also led Team USA to an Olympic bronze medal at the 1992 Olympics.

Radivog Korac

Korac was a star for Yugoslavia in the 1960s, helping lead the national team to a silver medal at the 1968 Olympics. He also led his country to two silver medals at the Basketball World Championships in 1963 and 1967, and won the European Basketball Championships Player of the Year award. 1961. Korac’s 99-point performance in January 1965 remains the record for most points scored in a single Euroleague match. His 54.8 points per game during the 1964-1965 Euroleague season remains a record.