Phil Jackson will be busy next weekend, he’s inducting two people into the basketball hall of fame. That’s good that he’s keeping busy in his retirement years.
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame 2011 class a very decidedly Chicago Bulls feel- the greatest coach in team history will present the most colorful player in franchise history (Dennis Rodman) and one of the greatest assistants into Bulls history (Tex Winter) for the 2011 Enshrinement Ceremony on Friday, August 12 at Springfield Symphony Hall.
Also, arguably the greatest player in team history not named Jordan or Pippen (Artis Gilmore) gets in this year.
As tradition suggests, the incoming class for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony was asked to select a previous inductee to accompany and present the new member of the Basketball Hall of Fame to his or her peers. The choice is solely the decision of the incoming Hall of Famer. Over 50 Hall of Famers are once again expected to attend this year’s ceremony including all presenters.
The Class of 2011 inductees include former NBA star and 1992 Dream Team member Chris Mullin; five-time NBA champion Dennis Rodman; ABA/NBA legend Artis Gilmore; European star Arvydas Sabonis; coaching legend Tex Winter; and former Harlem Globetrotter Reece “Goose” Tatum, who will be honored posthumously.
2011 Inductees and Presenters
Tara VanDerveer, presented by Hall of Fame Coach Jody Conradt (’98)
Dennis Rodman, presented by Hall of Fame Coach Phil Jackson (’07)
Artis Gilmore, presented by Hall of Fame Player Julius Irving (’93)
Herb Magee, presented by Hall of Fame Coach Dr. Jack Ramsay (’92)
Tex Winter, presented by Hall of Fame Coach Phil Jackson (’07)
Reece “Goose” Tatum, presented by Hall of Fame Players Marques Haynes (’98) & Meadowlark Lemon (’03)
Teresa Edwards, presented by Hall of Fame Players Ann Meyers (’93) & Charles Barkley (’06)
Arvydas Sabonis, presented by Hall of Fame Player Bill Walton (’93)
Tom “Satch” Sanders, presented by Hall of Fame Player Tom Heinsohn (’86)
Chris Mullin, presented by Hall of Fame Coach Lou Carnesecca (’92)
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