Five-time National Basketball Association champion Dennis Rodman and two-time Olympic champion Chris Mullin were among 10 people inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Eleven-time All-Star Artis Gilmore, former NBA players Arvydas Sabonis and Tom “Satch” Sanders, longtime coach Tex Winter, college coaches Herb Magee and Tara VanDerveer, Women’s NBA player Teresa Edwards and Harlem Globetrotter Reece “Goose” Tatum also were enshrined last night in the Springfield, Massachusetts-based Hall.
The flamboyant Rodman said he was like most players who were determined to get out of low-income housing projects.
“I did that, but it took a lot of hard work and it took a lot of bumps along the road,” Rodman said.
Mullin, 48, was also a finalist last year. The two-time Olympic gold medalist had 17,911 points, 4,034 rebounds and 3,450 assists during a 17-year career for the Golden State Warriors and Indiana Pacers before retiring in 2001.
Far From Flatbush
“Looking out, I realize I’m a long way from Flatbush Avenue, but Brooklyn’s definitely in the house tonight,” the New York native and St. John’s University alum told the crowd.
Winter coached in college and the pros from 1947 to 2006, winning nine NBA championships as an assistant. He is considered an innovator of the triangle offense, which both the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers used under Winter and Phil Jackson to claim league titles.
Magee, the coach at Division II Philadelphia University, is the career leader for wins at the same institution for any level of college basketball. He has won 922 games in 44 seasons at the school.
Sabonis, a center from Lithuania, was among the top international players in the world. He played for the Portland Trail Blazers from 1995-96 to 2002-03.
Gilmore played in both the NBA and American Basketball Association. His 24,941 points ranks 20th on career lists, while his 16,330 rebounds ranks fifth.
Women’s committee selectees were Edwards and VanDerveer. Edwards was the first U.S. basketball player to participate in five Olympics, winning four gold medals and a bronze.
VanDerveer, who has led Stanford to two national women’s championships, was named this season’s collegiate coach of the year by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. Over a 32- year career, VanDerveer has an 826-198 record.
Tatum, who died in 1967, was the original “clown prince” of the Globetrotters, who mix basketball with comedy.
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