The man who single-handedly crippled the Celtics franchise and crawled out of town like a weasel is headed to the Basketball Hall of Fame:
Rick Pitino, who will coach Louisville in the NCAA championship game Monday night, is among seven people elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Joining Pitino in the class of 2013, announced Monday, are former NBA stars Bernard King and Gary Payton, former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian, North Carolina women’s coach Sylvia Hatchell, former University of Houston coach Guy Lewis, former University of Virginia star Dawn Staley.
The inductions will take place in Springfield, Mass. in September.
Inductees announced previously were Edwin E.B. Henderson, a direct elect by the Early African Pioneer Committee, longtime Indiana Pacers guard Roger Brown, Oscar Schmidt of Brazil, the leading scorer in Olympic history, Richie Guerin, a star for the New York Knicks in the 1950s, and Russ Granik, the longtime assistant commissioner of the NBA.
Loved you at Providence. Enjoyed your teams at Kentucky. But I just can’t let go of the debacle in Boston.
It pisses me off that there’s one collective Hall of Fame for basketball. Legends like Russ, Bird and Jordan shouldn’t be lumped in with NCAA guys. The NFL doesn’t operate this way.
Russ Granik? What a farce. An assistant commissioner has no place in the Hall of Fame.