Basketball HOF induction roundup: Speeches from 2022 class
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame welcomed its class of 2022 on Saturday. Manu Ginobili, Tim Hardaway, Swin Cash, and George Karl were among the notable enshrinees in Springfield.
The headliner of Saturday's ceremony, the Argentinian-born Ginobili won four NBA championships with the dynastic San Antonio Spurs teams of the early 2000s alongside fellow Hall of Famer Tim Duncan and coach Gregg Popovich. Ginobili made two All-Star games and two All-NBA teams over his 16-year career, won the 2007-08 Sixth Man of the Year award, and ranks in the top 30 all time in playoff points with 3,054.
Hardaway gained the reputation of a true floor general from the very start of his career, running the show for the famous "Run TMC" Golden State Warriors teams of the early 1990s alongside Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin. He played in five All-Star games, made five All-NBA teams, and sits 12th all time in assists per game at 8.2.
Karl began his lengthy head coaching career with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1984 and had stints with the Warriors, Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks, Denver Nuggets, and Sacramento Kings. He retired in 2016 after 27 seasons as a head coach and ranks sixth all time in career wins with an overall record of 1175-824. Karl's style of up-tempo basketball helped pave the way for the modern era of the NBA.
Cash won nearly every accolade in a 15-year career after being selected No. 2 in the 2002 WNBA Draft by the Detroit Shock following a multi-championship career at Connecticut. She made four All-Star teams, won three WNBA titles, and earned two Olympic gold medals with Team USA. She now serves as the vice president of basketball operations for the New Orleans Pelicans.
Over a storied career that began in 2004 with the Connecticut Sun, Whalen won four WNBA championships and two Olympic gold medals with Team USA. The five-time All-Star was voted as one of the 20 best WNBA players of all time in 2016. She retired in 2018.
Stanley's marathon coaching career spans 45 seasons and features stops in both the college and professional ranks. She won an NCAA national championship with Old Dominion in 1985 and a WNBA Coach of the Year award with the Washington Mystics in 2002. She coached the Indiana Fever last season.
Across his time with Akron, Cincinnati, Kansas State, and West Virginia, Huggins made the NCAA Tournament in 25 of the 37 years he's been a college head coach, including two trips to the Final Four. The coaching icon won the C-USA Coach of the Decade award in 2005 and the Jim Phelan Award for most outstanding college head coach in 2015.
Evans roamed NBA courts as an official for 28 years, taking the floor for over 1,900 regular-season games, 170 playoff games, and 35 NBA Finals games before becoming the league's assistant supervisor of officials for two seasons. He's also enshrined in the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame.
The 2022 Hall of Fame class also featured directly elected members. The list includes former NBA All-Stars Lou Hudson and Larry Costello, coach Del Harris, women's college basketball pioneer Theresa Shank-Grentz, and Yugoslavian basketball icon Radivoj Korac.