John Havlicek: Hall Of Fame Inductee
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame recognizes the most accomplished basketball coaches, players, executives and other contributors to the sport. The Hall features athletes from around the world, adding even more prestige to the honor of being inducted.
After winning eight NBA championship victories and beating several challenging records, John Havlicek was inducted to the Hall of Fame in 1984.
Journey To The Hall Of Fame
John Havlicek faced a difficult decision after college: which professional sport to pursue. With exceptional skills in both football and basketball, Havlicek had plenty of opportunity. His first choice, in fact, was football.
After a short-lived visit to the Cleveland Brown’s training camp, Havlicek had a change of heart and, instead, decided to accept an offer to play with the Boston Celtics.
The C’s would win the NBA championship during Havlicek’s first four years. Over the course of his career, Havlicek would lead Boston to four more championship victories, solidifying his legacy as one of the greatest players of all time. As well, he would be selected as one of the NBA’s top 50 all-time players in 1997.
About The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame
The Hall began at Springfield College, where James Naismith invented basketball in 1891. In 1959, the Naismith Hall of Fame honored its first class. Today, the Hall is a comprehensive sports library, and it promotes the preservation of basketball history.
By September 2013, the Hall had inducted more than 320 individuals, as well as nine teams. In addition to allowing players and basketball contributors from around the world, Naismith Memorial inducts both professional and amateur players. This sets the Hall apart from other sports, like professional football and baseball.
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