NBA TV to Exclusively Televise 2015 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony on Friday, Sept. 11, at 7:30 p.m. ET
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
NBA GameTime to Feature Exclusive Interview with 2015 Inductee Dikembe Mutombo Conducted by Former Georgetown Coach John Thompson Tonight at Midnight
Mutombo to Live Tweet from @NBATV Handle During Hardwood Classic Telecast
NBA TV will exclusively televise the 2015 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony from Springfield, Mass., on Friday, Sept. 11, at 7:30 p.m. ET. This year’s event will mark the first time a Hall of Fame ceremony has been presented without commercial interruption. The evening will begin with the 2015 Hall of Fame Red Carpet Show at 6:30 p.m., hosted by Matt Winer alongside David Aldridge and Rick Kamla.
The network’s comprehensive Hall of Fame coverage throughout the week will also highlight some of the most memorable performances of the 2015 inductees’ illustrious careers. On Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 8 p.m., eight-time NBA All-Star Dikembe Mutombo will live tweet from the @NBATV Twitter handle during a Hardwood Classics showcasing his eighth-seeded Denver Nuggets’ upset Game 5 win over the Seattle SuperSonics during the first round of the 1994 NBA Playoffs. Tuesday’s Hardwood Classics doubleheader will also feature Mutombo and the Philadelphia 76ers’ Game 7 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2001 Eastern Conference Finals at 10 p.m.
Following Tuesday’s Hardwood Classics doubleheader, NBA GameTime (at midnight) will feature a one-on-one interview with Mutombo conducted by his former Georgetown University head coach, John Thompson. The two discuss Mutombo’s unique relationship with Georgetown teammate and 2014 Hall of Fame inductee Alonzo Mourning, his signature finger wag and many of his career highlights. Mutombo also speaks on life after basketball, meeting the late President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, and giving back to the people of Africa.
Additional programming involving 2015 Hall of Fame inductees includes a re-air of Jo Jo White and the Boston Celtics’ triple-overtime Game 5 victory over the Phoenix Suns in the 1976 NBA Finals – airing Thursday, Sept. 10, at 10:30 a.m. – as well as a number of Hardwood Classics featuring NBA Champion power forward Spencer Haywood and two-time WNBA Champion Lisa Leslie.
NBA TV and NBA.com will also provide live coverage of the Class of 2015 Hall of Fame Press Conference on Thursday, Sept.10, at 2 p.m. Additionally, NBA.com will stream coverage of the 2015 Family Reunion Awards Dinner at 6:45 p.m., when NBA TV analyst Steve Smith will receive The Mannie Jackson – Basketball’s Human Spirit Award and former NBA President of Basketball Operations Rod Thorn will be honored with the John. W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award.
This year’s Hall of Fame class is below:
- Dikembe Mutombo: Eight-time NBA All-Star and four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year
- John Calipari: University of Kentucky head coach; three-time Naismith College Coach of the Year
- Spencer Haywood: Four-time NBA All-Star and two-time All-NBA First Team selection
- Dick Bavetta: Former NBA official who worked 2,635 consecutive regular season games over 39 years
- Jo Jo White: Seven-time NBA All-Star and two-time NBA Champion with the Boston Celtics
- Lisa Leslie: Eight-time WNBA All-Star and three-time WNBA Most Valuable Player
- Louis “Louie” Dampier: All-time ABA leader in games played, minutes played, points scored and assists
- George Raveling: Current Director of International Basketball for Nike & former men’s college basketball coach
- John Isaacs: Led the New York Renaissance to the first-ever World Professional Basketball Tournament Championship in 1939; member of the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame
- Lindsay Gaze: Adelaide, South Australia, native has represented his country in seven Olympics as both player and coach; former head coach of the Melbourne Tigers of the NBL
- Tom Heinsohn: The former Boston Celtics head coach and 1986 inductee of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a player, Heinsohn will be just one of four people to be inducted as both a player and coach
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