Naismith Hall of Fame 2018 class induction roundup

Ruben Hill
September 14, 2018

A two-time NBA champion who predated - and set the stage for - the current proliferation of long-distance shooting, Allen will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday night along with three of the league's best point guards and a half-dozen other stars from eras before the 3-pointer came to dominate the game.

Other inductees will include Croatian player Dino Radja, college coach Charles "Lefty" Driesell, Women's National Basketball Association stars Tina Thompson and Katie Smith, contributors Rod Thorn and Rick Welts, pioneer Ora Mae Washington and 1970s star Charlie Scott. "It's a Dream Team".

"I was never even supposed to be here", said Nash, who was born in South Africa and grew up in Canada and went on to win back-to-back NBA MVP awards. The team made the National Basketball Association finals the next two years and won it all in 1979. He also won two Olympic silver medals, one for Yugoslavia and one for Croatia.

The Boston Celtics legend finished his playing career as the NBA's all-time leader in 3-pointers made with 2,973, which is 400 more than the next player on the list.

Two time National Basketball Association champion and one of best shooters of all time Ray Allen speaking about the honour to be called Hall of Famer emphasized that: "This is not a me award this is all of us".

Hill was a seven-time NBA All-Star in 19 league seasons and won Olympic gold in 1996.

"So I had to work on my mid-range game, and I attacked the basket quite a bit", he said. "I'm truly humbled to be here".

Cheeks is now an assistant coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder. "And I said 'Coach Calhoun didn't teach me that in college'". He also shared his emotional side, as he admitted that "when I learned the news for the Hall of Fame induction, I couldn't stop crying for ten days".

Driesell is the only coach to win 100 games with four different United States colleges and won 786 games. A four-time All-Star who was a member of the Sixers' 1983 championship team, he retired as No. 5 on the NBA's career assist list. Scott was the first African-American to receive an athletic scholarship at North Carolina.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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