Enshrinement Weekend Kicks Off with Jacket Ceremony
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Downtown Springfield is abuzz tonight as the festivities get underway for Enshrinement Weekend at the Basketball Hall of Fame.
When most people think of Springfield, the Basketball Hall of Fame is one of the first things that comes to mind.
Events for the Class of 2014 kicked off Thursday right here along Hall of Fame Avenue.
This year’s class includes nine individuals and one team.
Headlining this year’s class is Miami Heat star Alonzo Mourning, who definitely stands head and shoulders over the rest, and former NBA Commissioner David Stern, who served in the role for 30 years.
In an interview Thursday, Stern spoke about the unique role Springfield plays in the game.
“I’m very proud of the Hall of Fame because it really collects the history of our sport and brings all of our traditions together, and I think their specific attempts to women’s basketball, international basketball and the early black pioneers and the ABA together with other awards is a terrific service to our sport,” Stern says.
The biggest player on hand Thursday, was NBA center Alonzo Mourning who was named an All-Star seven times in his career as well as winning an NBA title in 2006. Mourning reflected that one of his biggest accomplishments was not only winning a world championship, but doing so after coming back from a kidney transplant.
“When we won our first world championship as a heat organization and helping to contribute to that while going through the path that i took to get there made it even more special,” said Mourning.
The official Enshrinement ceremony will take place Friday at Symphony Hall.
Fans will have a chance to see some of their favorite players Friday night, as stars arrive for the main event. Noted presenters for this year’s class will include Nate Archibald, Larry Bird, and Magic Johnson.