Oh No. Reggie For Three!!!!

Reggie Miller.  Arvydas Sabonis.  Patrick Ewing.  Bird, Magic, Meadowlark.  All well known names in the game of basketball.  And all characters in their own right.  Gentle giants.  Master showmen.
These are the guys that attracted me to the game of basketball.  Of course, it is a fun, fast paced sport, but also a game full of colorful characters.  The ESPN 30 for 30 on Reggie Miller, I’ve watched that about 50+ times.  When Patrick Ewing looks into the camera and says “I hated Reggie Miller,” my heart is warmed.  They are human.  They love.  They fight.And then a guy like Arvydas Sabonis.  A fabulous big man who was in the clever words of the great Jack McCullum “a basketball Sasquatch.”  He would emerged from behind the Iron Curtain to mess with some forwards and confuse them with his mad playing skills and then disappear.  But that was just half the story.  Sabonis was skilled enough to play against the best in the NBA (and probably beat them) in his prime, but politics got in the way and he stayed behind the Iron Curtain until his playing days were getting fewer and fewer.  These are the great stories.  These make me love the game of basketball and made me make a special visit to the James Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.  The inside of the place is just gorgeous and they pay tribute to the greats of game.

Firstup, my two favorite inductees that star in one of my favorite movies of all time, The Other Dream Team:
Springfield Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame arvydas sabonis biography
Springfield Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame sarunas marciulionis biography

Next up, the hall itself:
Springfield Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame basketball court floor

Springfield Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame ceiling

Springfield Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame hall of fame portraits and biographies

Springfield Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame red auerbach coach's exhibit

Springfield Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame round broadcasters

Springfield Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame round pictures

Springfield Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame larry bird

Springfield Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame upstairs round

Springfield Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame walt frazier
Springfield Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame whole view

One insane championship ring:
Springfield Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame NBA championship ring

Outside:
Springfield Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame outside 2

Springfield Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame outside 3

Springfield Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame outside

Some really great vintage basketball outfits:
Springfield Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame nuggets jersey

Springfield Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame old basketball sweater

Springfield Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame old basketball uniform

And finally, we can’t talk about basketball without this guy:
Springfield Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame michael jordan wingspan

 

 

 

 

 

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