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This basketball is signed by 32 members of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, many with their induction dates!

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This basketball is signed by 32 members of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, many with their induction dates!
Basketball Signed: "Marques Haynes/HOF '98", "Bob Wanzer/HOF 89","Roy Williams", "Lou Carnesecca/92'", "Pete Newell", "Chuck Daly", "Larry/Brown", "Bill Walton", "Jack Ramsay", "Joan Crawford" (basketball player not the actress), "David Thompson", "Pat Riley", "Coach Kay Yow", "Bob/Cousy", "Ray Meyer/HOF '78", "Curly'/Neal/HOF 02", "Bob Pettit/HOF", "Wayne/Embry/HOF 99'", "Willis Reed", "Morgan Wootten", "Uljana Semjonova","Arnie Risen/HOF '98", "Harry Gallatin/HOF 91'", "Frank Ramsey/HOF 81", "Dolph Schayes", "Bailey Howell/HOF- 97", "Dean Smith", "C. M. Newton", "Clyde Lovelette", "Cliff Hagan/H.O.F. '77", "John Calipari", "Bob Kurland" and "Ann/Meyers/HOF '93", plus one unidentified signature. 8¼-inch basketball. Nike N-Touch 2000 Autograph basketball with six white panels, two pebbled brown panels and gold-colored foil lettering. MARQUES HAYNES (HOF 1998) was an American professional basketball player who played for the Harlem Globetrotters (1946-1953) after finishing college. Then he formed his own barnstorming team, the Harlem Magicians. Haynes, famed for his unmatched dribbling skills, turned down offers to play in the NBA, and later returned to the Globetrotters as player/coach. Amazingly, he played competitive basketball into his sixties, retiring in 1992. He entered the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998.BOB WANZER (1921-2016; HOF 1987) was as a guard with the Rochester Royals (1948-1957). He was a five-time All Star (1952-6) and was part of the Royal's 1950-1951 NBA Championship team. He also became the first NBA player to shoot over 90 percent from the free throw line during the 1951-2 season. Wanzer coached the Rochester and then the Cincinnati Royals from 1955 to 1959. ROY WILLIAMS (HOF 2007) was head coach at the University of Kansas (1988-2003), winning 9 conference titles, advancing deep into the NCAA tournament several times, and compiling a 418-101 record there. Returning to the University of North Carolina, his alma mater, Williams lead the Tarheels to national championships in 2005 and 2008. LOU CARNESECCA (HOF 1992) coached the St. John's University Redmen for 24 years, concluding in 1992. His team compiled a 526-200 record and reached the postseason every year during his reign. In the early 1970s he interrupted his St. Johns service to coach the New York Nets of the American Basketball Association. The basketball writers named Carnesecca National Coach of the Year twice (1983, 1985). PETE NEWELL (1915-2008; HOF 1979) is one of only three persons to win the basketball coaches' "Triple Crown" of an NIT championship (with University of San Francisco, 1949), an NCAA championship (with U Cal/Berkeley, 1959) and an Olympic gold medal (1960). Known as "America's basketball guru," he ran for many years (without pay) an instructional camp for centers and forwards known as Big Man Camp, drawing fulsome praise from players and coaches alike.When in 1983 the Detroit Pistons hired head coach CHUCK DALY (1930-2009, HOF 1994), the franchise had never had consecutive winning seasons. When he left in 1993, his team had made the playoffs every year, and won consecutive NBA championships (1989-1990). Daly also coached Boston University and Penn in the college ranks, and 3 more NBA teams: Cleveland New Jersey and Orlando, retiring with a pro coaching record of 564-379). LARRY BROWN (HOF 2002) is the only head coach to win championships in both the NCAA (Kansas, 1978) and the NBA (Detroit, 2004). Brown, now with the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats, has won over 1,000 pro games as head coach, and is the only man to lead 7 different teams to the NBA playoffs. BILL WALTON (HOF 1993) was MVP of the NCAA tournament in 1972 and 1973, leading UCLA to back to back NCAA championships. He set collegiate records for shooting percentage while being named three years running (1972-1974) as the "Sporting News" NCAA player of the year. He was playoff MVP of the 1977 NBA championship series, won by his Portland Trailblazers, and the league's MVP the next year. In 1986, he was on another championship team, the Boston Celtics. A legendary free spirit, Walton is now an Emmy-winning sportscaster. JACK RAMSAY (HOF 1992) led St. Joseph's College to a Final Four appearance before moving to the NBA. There he coached the formerly weak Portland Trail Blazers to nine postseason appearances in his ten years, including the 1977 NBA Championship. JOAN CRAWFORD (HOF 1997), no relation to the actress, was a women's basketball star with Amateur Athletic Union teams for 14 seasons (1955-1969), and was named an All-American in 13 of those seasons. She led the US national team to the AAU world championship in 1957. DAVID THOMPSON (HOF 1996) led North Carolina State to an undefeated season in 1973 and the NCAA Championship in 1974. A 3-time First Team All-American, he was named NCAA Player of the Year twice. In an NBA career with the Atlanta Hawks, Denver Nuggets and Seattle Supersonics, Thompson was named to the first All-NBA team twice and placed in the Top 10 in numerous ABA and NBA statistics between 1975 and 1981. KAY YOW (1942-2009, HOF 2002) was head coach of women's basketball at North Carolina State from the program's inception in 1975 until her death in January 2009. She compiled a 737-344 record as a college coach. Despite having just been diagnosed with the breast cancer that claimed her life a decade later, Yow led the US women's basketball team to an Olympic gold medal in Seoul (1988). A three-time All-American at Holy Cross, BOB COUSY (HOF 1971), led the team to 26 straight wins. A guard who joined the Boston Celtics in 1950, Cousy led the NBA in assists eight consecutive years (1953-1960), played in 13 straight NBA All-Star Games, earned MVP honors in the 1954 and 1957 games and racked up 16,960 career points. He played on six NBA championship teams with the Boston Celtics: 1957, 1959-1963. Cousy became a popular TV and radio announcer. RAY MEYER (1913-2006, HOF 1978) was head basketball coach at De Paul University from 1942 to 1984, compiling a 724-354 record and leading the team to the postseason 21 times. He won 20+ games seven seasons in a row. For 11 years, he coached a team of college all-stars in an annual game against the Harlem Globetrotters. Fred Neal, better known as CURLY NEAL (HOF 2002)played with the Globetrotters from 1963 to 1985. Neal's shaved head earned him his nickname, in imitation of the Three Stooges' Curly Howard. Neal was the featured ball handler in the Trotters' famous exhibition of skills. In 11 years with the NBA Hawks (1955-1965), who played in Milwaukee his first year and thereafter in St Louis, BOB PETTIT (HOF 1970) became the first player to score over 20,000 points. League MVP in 1956 and 1959 and an All-Star every season, Pettit was named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history in 1996. WAYNE EMBRY (HOF 1999) played 11 NBA seasons (1959-1969) with the Cincinnati Royals, Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks, making the All-Star team 5 times and helping the 1968 Celtics to a championship. In 1971, he became the first African-American general manager in the NBA (with the Milwaukee Bucks). Center WILLIS REED (HOF 1982) led the NY Knicks to NBA titles in 1970 and 1973. He was a finals MVP both years and a regular season MVP in 1970. Reed was voted one of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players. MORGAN WOOTTEN (HOF 2000) coached De Matha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland for nearly half a century (1956-2002), teaching several players who went on to the NBA. Legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden said of Wootten, "I know of no finer basketball coach at any level." ULJANA SEMJONOVA (HOF 1993) was the first non-US woman enshrined in the Hall. Playing mostly for Riga in her native Latvia, she was on 15 Soviet and 15 European championship teams and on the Soviet gold medal Olympic teams of 1976 and 1980. ARNIE RISEN (HOF 1998) led Ohio State to 2 consecutive Final Four appearances before spending ten years in the NBA (1948-1958) with the Rochester Royals and Boston Celtics, winning one NBA championship with each team. HARRY GALLATIN (1927-2015) (HOF 1991) played for the New York Knicks in 9 of his 10 NBA seasons (1948-1958), leading the league in rebounding in 1954 and named an All-Star 7 times. He was NBA Coach of the Year in his first year as head coach of the St Louis Hawks (1962). FRANK RAMSEY (HOF 1982) helped Kentucky to an NCAA Championship in 1951 before turning pro. He was untouched by Kentucky's point-shaving scandal in 1952. Ramsey spent all of his nine seasons (1954-1955 to 1963-1964, with one year off for military service) with the Boston Celtics. During his tenure there, he was a guard on a dominating roster that won seven championships. He coached the ABA Kentucky Colonels for the 1970-1971 season. DOLPH SCHAYES (HOF 1972) was one of pro basketball's early superstars from the NBA's inaugural year. A 12-time All-Star, Schayes retired with 19,249 career points. In 1996 he was named to the NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team. In 1965-1966, he guided the Philadelphia 76ers to a 55-25 record and was named NBA Coach of the Year. BAILEY HOWELL (HOF 1997) played for 4 NBA teams in his eleven seasons (1959-1971), making the All-Star team six times and scoring 17,700 points. He was on the Boston Celtics NBA championship teams of 1968 and 1969. DEAN SMITH (HOF 1983) played on the University of Kansas national championship team in 1952. In his years as head coach at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (1961-1997), Smith's Tar Heels won two national titles and made the final four eleven times. He retired with 879 coaching wins, the collegiate record until 2006. A remarkable 96.6% of his players graduated! Smith also integrated the UNC basketball program, and encouraged community businesses to follow his example. Charles Martin "C.M." NEWTON (HOF 2000) was a collegiate head coach for 31 years with Transylvania, Alabama and Vanderbilt, recruiting the first black players to the Transylvania and Alabama teams and leading Alabama, previously known only as a football power, to three consecutive Southeast Conference titles (1974-1976). As a member of the NCAA rules committee, he was instrumental in introducing the shot clock and the 3-point shot into college basketball. CLYDE LOVELLETTE (HOF 1988) was the first basketball player to star for championship teams in the NCAA (Kansas, 1952), Olympics (gold medal 1952), and NBA (Minneapolis Lakers of 1954, Boston Celtics of 1963 and 1964). CLIFF HAGAN (HOF 1977)was part of the University of Kentucky NCAA Championship team of 1951, and later returned to that school as Athletic Director. After two years in military service, where he played on two consecutive Worldwide Air Force Championship teams, Hagan played for the NBA St Louis Hawks (1956-1966) and ABA Dallas Chaparrals (player-coach, 1967-1970), making 5 NBA and 1 ABA All-Star teams. BOB KURLAND (HOF 1961), led Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State) to NCAA championship in 1945 and 1946, and was part of the United States gold-medal winning men's basketball squads at the 1948 and 1952 Olympics. Kurland had a tendency to grab his opponent's shots above the rim, which led to the NCAA banning defensive goaltending in 1945, and was also one of the first people to regularly dunk the ball. Kurland never played pro ball but did play for six years in the Amateur Athletic Union. ANN MEYERS (HOF 1993) broke many glass ceilings. She was chosen for the US women's Olympic basketball team while still in high school (1976). She was the first 4-time All-American women's basketball player at UCLA (1976-1979), and the first female player to sign an NBA contract (with the Indiana Pacers in 1979). She won TV's Women Superstars competition three years in a row (1980-1982). A network sports analyst, she is also general manager of the WNBA Phoenix Mercury and VP of the NBA Phoenix Sun. She was married to former Los Angeles Dodger pitcher Don Drysdale from 1986 until his death in 1993, the first time spouses were in their respective Halls of Fame. RILEY (HOF 2008), coached the Lakers to four NBA Championships (1981-1982, 1984-1985, 1986-1987 and 1987-1988) and three West Conference Championships, then led the Heat to an NBA Championship in the 2005-2006 season. In all, Riley has a 1,210-694 record as a coach. Calipari, born in 1959, was a coach for the New Jersey Nets (1996-1999). He was also head coach for the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (1988-1996), the University of Memphis (2000-2009) and, as of this biography, is coach for the University of Kentucky. Lightly stained with random ink stains. Some signatures are lightly smeared and pen has skipped while writing signatures, but they are legible. Reed's signature has low contrast, but is legible. Otherwise, fine condition.

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