Indiana Pacers President Larry Bird and former Pacer center Mel Daniels, both members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, will present Bobby “Slick” Leonard at tonight's Enshrinement Ceremony in Massachusetts. The legendary Pacers coach and broadcaster will be inducted into the hall of fame's 2014 class. Daniels, who played under Leonard's coaching, and Bird aren't the only Pacers presenting during the ceremony in Springfield Symphony Hall. Chris Mullin is expected to introduce Mitch Richmond and Sarunas Marciulionis. Bird is also scheduled to introduce former NBA Commissioner David Stearn.
August 8, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Ma. — The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has announced the list of Hall of Famers who will present for the 2014 Enshrinement Ceremony, presented by Nike, on Friday, August 8th at Springfield Symphony Hall.
Members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2014 were asked to select a previous inductee to accompany and present them to their peers. The choice is solely the decision of the incoming Hall of Famer. More than 50 Hall of Famers are expected to be in attendance for this year’s ceremony, including all presenters.
The Class of 2014 inductees includes seven-time NBA All-Star Alonzo Mourning, 1994 NCAA National Champion coach Nolan Richardson, six-time NBA All-Star Mitch Richmond, 2002 NCAA National Champion coach Gary Williams, the three-time AIAW National Championship winning Immaculata University team, the winningest coach in ABA history, Bob Leonard, early African American pioneer of the game Nat Clifton, international superstar Sarunas Marciulionis, four-time NBA All-Star Guy Rodgers and former NBA Commissioner of 30 years David Stern.
2014 Inductees and Presenters:
-Nolan Richardson, presented by Hall of Fame coach John Thompson (’99) & player Nate Archibald (’91)
-Mitch Richmond, presented by Hall of Fame players Chris Mullin (‘11) & Ralph Sampson (’12)
-Bob Leonard, presented by Hall of Fame players Mel Daniels (‘12) & Larry Bird (’98)
-Immaculata University, presented by Hall of Fame coach Cathy Rush (’08)
-Guy Rodgers, presented by Hall of Fame player Earl Monroe (’90)
-Nat Clifton, presented by Hall of Fame player Meadowlark Lemon (’03)
-Sarunas Marciulionis, presented by Hall of Fame player Chris Mullin (’11)
-Alonzo Mourning, presented by Hall of Fame coaches Pat Riley (‘08) & John Thompson (’99)
-David Stern, presented by Hall of Fame players Larry Bird (‘98), Earvin “Magic” Johnson (‘02), Bob Lanier (‘92) and NBA contributor Russ Granik (’13)
-Gary Williams, presented by Hall of Fame player Billy Cunningham (’86)
Source: Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame