FIBA ANNOUNCES 2013 HALL OF FAME CLASS
MIES (FIBA Hall of Fame) – Twelve world class basketball personalities from 10 different countries make up the 2013 Class to be enshrined into the FIBA Hall of Fame on 19 June.
Six former players, three coaches, two technical officials and a contributor will be honoured at the House of Basketball – FIBA’s headquarters on the outskirts of Geneva – next month.
National icons Jean-Jacques Conceiçao of Angola, Australia's Andrew Gaze, Paula Gonçalves of Brazil, Serbia's Zoran Slavnic and the USA pair of David Robinson and Teresa Edwards make up the contingent of players.
They are joined by legendary coaches Pat Summitt of the USA as well as the late John 'Jack' Donohue of Canada and Italy's Cesare Rubini.
Between them, the players and coaches combine for 14 Olympic and eight FIBA World Championship medals.
Technical officials Valentin Lazarov of Bulgaria and Costas Rigas of Greece along with contributor Aldo Vitale of Italy round out the impressive list of inductees.
"The 2013 Class of the FIBA Hall of Fame is truly a special one," said FIBA Secretary General and International Olympic Committee (IOC) Member Patrick Baumann.
"These are great personalities who have experienced great success on and off the court, but who also stand out for the character they have shown and for the countless efforts they have made to help promote our sport.
"We look forward to welcoming them to the House of Basketball where they will be honoured."
Here is the full list of inductees making up the 2013 Class of the FIBA Hall of Fame:
- Jean-Jacques Conceiçao (Angola)
- Teresa Edwards (USA)
- Andrew Gaze (Australia)
- Paula Gonçalves (Brazil)
- David Robinson (USA)
- Zoran Slavnic (Serbia)
- John 'Jack' Donohue (Canada) posthumous
- Cesare Rubini (Italy) posthumous
- Pat Summitt (USA)
- Valentin Lazarov (Bulgaria)
- Costas Rigas (Greece)
- Aldo Vitale (Italy)
Starting on Tuesday 28 May and over the course of the next three weeks (weekdays only), www.fiba.com will profile all 12 inductees.
The enshrinement ceremony for the 2013 Class of the FIBA Hall of Fame will be held in the Naismith Arena, an exhibition and event area on the ground floor of the House of Basketball.