Great article on former Gibsonville/N.C. State great Kay Yow and her induction this week into the FIBA Hall of Fame. Read the article and check out the photos at Click Here….
You really must read the parts about Coach Yow taking her US team up against the Soviet Union, a team of Russians with a 7’2” center and part of a USSR squad that had only lost two games(152-2) in three decades…..Coach Yow and her ladies took down the USSR(’86 Goodwill Games) and went on to win Gold not once, but twice that year…….
Eleven basketball greats were inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame in Alcobendas (Madrid, Spain) on Tuesday, Sept. 22.
The men and women who form the 2009 class were enshrined after outstanding careers as referees, players, coaches or contributors.
The 2009 inductees included Bulgarian referee Artenik Arabadjian, Spanish coaching legend Pedro FerrÃ¡ndez and playing greats Oscar â€˜Big Oâ€™ Robertson of the United States, Argentinaâ€™s Ricardo GonzÃ¡lez and Franceâ€™s Jacky Chazalon.
All except Chazalon were in Katowice, Poland, on Sept. 20 to watch the last day of the EuroBasket and then flew to Spain to take part in the ceremonies.
Phostumous inductees this year include American coaches Pete Newell and Kay Yow, Brazil basketball great Ubiratan Pereira, Swiss referee Marcel Pfeuti and Argentinaâ€™s Luis Martin, a contributor.
Yow led USA basketball teams to gold medal showings in the 1986 Goodwill Games, 1986 World Championship and the 1988 Olympics, while Newell coached Roberston and the 1960 U.S. Olympic Team to a flawless 8-0 record and the gold medal.
In addition to the inductees, 1956 Olympic gold medalist and NBA legend Bill Russell, who was inducted two years ago in the first class of the FIBA Hall of Fame, was also in Europe this week to take part in the ceremonies.