The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is set to welcome 15 new members as part of the Class of 2021.
Headlined by seven players in Chris Bosh, Yolanda Griffith, Lauren Jackson, Toni Kukoc, Paul Pierce, Ben Wallace and Chris Webber, the class features a number of champions and all-time greats from the last 25 years.
MORE: All you need to know about the Hall of Fame Class of 2021
Joining those seven are Rick Adelman, Bill Russell, Jay Wright, Val Ackerman, Howard Garfinkel, Cotton Fitzsimmons, Bob Dandridge, Pearl Moore and Clarence "Fats" Jenkins.
Below, we've got you covered with updates and highlights from a special night in the basketball world.
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2021: Live updates from enshrinement ceremony
The enshrinement ceremony is underway!
#21HoopClass enshrinee, Chris Webber. pic.twitter.com/hmuQAtXlka- NBA (@NBA) September 11, 2021
The first overall pick in the 1993 draft, Webber would win the Rookie of the Year in his first season, before spending 15 years in the league and claiming five All-Star nods and five All-NBA selections.
Webber discusses the impact Isiah Thomas has had on his life.
"He was my guardian angel."- NBA (@NBA) September 11, 2021
Chris Webber talks about the profound impact Isiah Thomas made on his life at a young age. pic.twitter.com/b6yReJb8Dd
We've seen Webber work with Charles Barkley in recent times on the mic, though Barkley's influence has been far reaching.
Chris Webber thanks Charles Barkley for paving the way for him as a player and broadcaster. pic.twitter.com/EoOTqu0Cw3- NBA (@NBA) September 11, 2021
#21HoopClass enshrinee, Val Ackerman. pic.twitter.com/1UgEBqZg33- NBA (@NBA) September 11, 2021
#21HoopClass enshrinee, Bill Russell. pic.twitter.com/Vv3ibAe13Q- NBA (@NBA) September 11, 2021
Bill Russell has become the fifth person to enter the Hall of Fame as both a player and coach.
Bill Russell thanks Red Auerbach, David Stern, Kobe Bryant and his wife Jeannine as he becomes the fifth Hall of Famer to be inducted as both a player and a coach. pic.twitter.com/1UY21uutei- NBA (@NBA) September 12, 2021
Russell received a message from former president Barrack Obama. Russell was the first African-American head coach to win an NBA title with the Celtics in 1968.
Former President @BarackObama congratulates Bill Russell on his induction into the @HoopHall as a head coach. As a player-coach, Russell led the @Celtics to the 1968 NBA championship, becoming the first African-American head coach to win an @NBA title. pic.twitter.com/uRdSPsrDYG- NBA (@NBA) September 11, 2021
#21HoopClass enshrinee, Toni Kukoc. pic.twitter.com/lIIkCMqX9C- NBA (@NBA) September 12, 2021
One of the best international players to have success in the NBA, Kukoc was an integral part of the Chicago Bulls titles in 1996,97 and 98.
"I would like to thank Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen for kicking my butt during the Olympics in Barcelona and motivating me to work even harder to become an important part of the Chicago Bulls."
#21HoopClass enshrinee Toni Kukoc:- NBA History (@NBAHistory) September 12, 2021
- 3x NBA Champion
- 1995-96 6th Man of the Year
- 1993-94 All-Rookie
- 3x EuroLeague MVP
- FIBA World Championships MVP
#21HoopClass enshrinee, Yolanda Griffith. pic.twitter.com/EvPIb8d6KC- NBA (@NBA) September 12, 2021
"I was unknown. I came out of nowhere. I never gave up on my dreams and here I am at the pinnacle, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame."
Yolanda Griffith's Hall of Fame resume stacks up with the absolute best. A WNBA MVP, Defensive Player of the Year and Finals MVP, Griffith did it all.
Yolanda Griffith is now officially an enshrined member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. #21HoopClass pic.twitter.com/HdrcM80zbP- Basketball HOF (@Hoophall) September 12, 2021
#21HoopClass enshrinee, Rick Adelman. pic.twitter.com/m9dxjIyj1o- NBA (@NBA) September 12, 2021
With 23 seasons as an NBA head coach, Rick Adelman took his sqauds to the postseason in 16 of those seasons.
#21HoopClass enshrinee Rick Adelman:- NBA History (@NBAHistory) September 12, 2021
- Ninth-winningest coach in @NBA history
- Two-time NBA Finals coach
- Three-time NBA All-Star Game Head Coach
Adelman spent many seasons on the sidelines with the Sacramento Kings, working alongside another inductee of the Class of 2021, Chris Webber.
"My greatest accomplishment is my family." - Rick Adelman pic.twitter.com/B6fK9YcwhU- NBA (@NBA) September 12, 2021
#21HoopClass enshrinee, Ben Wallace. pic.twitter.com/cGNYiPsTng- NBA (@NBA) September 12, 2021
Undrafted, Ben Wallace forged a career that leaves him as one of the most dominant defensive big men to play the game.
"No was not an option. I kept marching. I kept fighting, I kept winning, I kept succeeding. Be strong, be motivated, stand tall."
Ben Wallace is now officially an enshrined member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. #21HoopClass pic.twitter.com/IaHFWzYTYM- Basketball HOF (@Hoophall) September 12, 2021
The All-Time leading scorer in women's college basketball, Moore averaged 32.0 points per game across four seasons at Francis Marion College.
"I'm thankful for the game of basketball. Basketball made it possible for me to travel the country and overseas, to earn a college degree. From shooting on a makeshift hoop in the yard in South Carolina to playing in the world's most famous arena, Madison Square Garden."
Pearl Moore is now officially an enshrined member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. #21HoopClass pic.twitter.com/tR3HRjYGFx- Basketball HOF (@Hoophall) September 12, 2021
#21HoopClass enshrinee, Cotton Fitzsimmons. pic.twitter.com/p5AfdXQTUf- NBA (@NBA) September 12, 2021
Jay Wright is now officially an enshrined member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. #21HoopClass pic.twitter.com/PV1SEkOKb7- Basketball HOF (@Hoophall) September 12, 2021
"My Dad is the best coach I ever played for. he coached me in football and baseball, never basketball. He once told me basketball is not a tough guy sport. After I told him basketball was my fabourite sport he fell in love with the game and did everything he could to help me succeed."
Congrats to new @Hoophall member, Jay Wright! #NBAHOF pic.twitter.com/4IGuRP6iAs- NBA TV (@NBATV) September 12, 2021
#21HoopClass enshrinee, Bob Dandridge. pic.twitter.com/gBAjtA8gEx- NBA (@NBA) September 12, 2021
"To me, being a Hall of Famer isn't about basketball. You know I've had to wait a little while but there's been so much growth inside me that I'm grateful for the wait. I've had a chance to be a better father, a better person, some of the grudges I had against some of the guys I played against, all of them are gone."
"90% of the guys that I guarded are in the Hall of Fame... there was no such thing as time management." pic.twitter.com/hqSNDUNzrG- Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) September 12, 2021
Bob Dandridge is now officially an enshrined member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. #21HoopClass pic.twitter.com/vJEkwTUX5h- Basketball HOF (@Hoophall) September 12, 2021
#21HoopClass enshrinee, Paul Pierce. pic.twitter.com/jPZXqlxQgT- NBA (@NBA) September 12, 2021
"Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be a Hall of Famer. The initial dream as a kid is to make it to the league. Now to be enshrined is baketball lore is more than I could ever imagine."
"Thank you for passing on me and adding fuel to my fire."- NBA TV (@NBATV) September 12, 2021
Paul Pierce called out the 9 teams that passed on drafting him in his @Hoophall enshrinement speech. #NBAHOF pic.twitter.com/3OMpUDDkan
"We didn't start off on the best foot. I know you wanted to trade me. I was accustomed to doing things my way, I didn't like someone coming and telling me what to do. When I started listening to you, that's when I became great." - Paul Pierce on Doc Rivers.
#21HoopClass enshrinee, Lauren Jackson. pic.twitter.com/vn5anUdlYO- NBA (@NBA) September 12, 2021
Australian basketball legend Lauren Jackson enters the Hall of Fame as the first player from the country to do so.
"This is an absolute dream come true. It's one of the greatest honours of my entire life, it's something I'm going to cherish for the rest of my life. It's so special to be enshrined as the first of many Australian basketball players."
It's 𝐎𝐅𝐅𝐈𝐂𝐈𝐀𝐋!- Seattle Storm (@seattlestorm) September 12, 2021
Welcome to the Hall of Fame, @laurenej15! @hoophall x #21HoopClass pic.twitter.com/bDIBSl2WSB
#21HoopClass enshrinee, Chris Bosh. pic.twitter.com/20iV5EHi64- NBA (@NBA) September 12, 2021
"While I'm here I got to say it. Chris Webber, we're going into the Hall of Fame with Bill Russell, bro. That's crazy. To me, players like you guys were superheroes and I spent every moment trying to follow in your footsteps."
"Legends aren't defined by their successes they are defined by how they bounce back from their failures." - @chrisbosh #21HoopClass- Basketball HOF (@Hoophall) September 12, 2021
"Basketball wasn't what I did, it's who I was."
.@KingJames and @DwyaneWade in the building showing support for @chrisbosh as he enters the #NBAHOF pic.twitter.com/GuYdbTnWGk- NBA TV (@NBATV) September 12, 2021
Bosh finishes his speech with some powerful words.
Chris Bosh closes out his @Hoophall enshrinement speech with a powerful message about turning setbacks into strengths. pic.twitter.com/kLwBDUHqsd- NBA (@NBA) September 12, 2021
End of ceremony
What a night it has been in Springfield! The 2021 Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony ends with all present inductees on the stage, officially the newest members of the exclusive club.
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