Two Celtics Named To Basketball Hall Of Fame
John Calipari, Dikembe Mutombo, Lisa Leslie and former Celtocs Jo Jo White and Tom Heinsohn are among this year's inductees for the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Calipari, a three-time college coach of the year whose Kentucky
squad suffered its only loss of this season on Saturday against
Wisconsin in the Final Four, was on the ballot for the first time,
as were eight-time NBA All-Star Mutombo and three-time WNBA MVP
Ironically, Calipari was elected for enshrinement while his
counterpart from Saturday, Bo Ryan, was among the finalists who did
not make the cut.
Joining the trio in this year's elected class will be four-time NBA
All-Star Spencer Haywood, seven-time NBA All-Star Jo Jo White and
39-year NBA referee Dick Bavetta.
Also inducted will be five directly-elected members previously
announced in February. They include Louie Dampier from the American
Basketball Association Committee, John Isaacs from the Early
African-American Pioneers Committee, Lindsay Gaze from the
International Committee, former Celtics coach Tom Heinsohn from the
Veterans Committee and former college coach George Raveling from
the Contributor Direct Election Committee.
Enshrinement ceremonies are set for Sept. 11 in Springfield,
Massachusetts. (Metro Networks Inc.)