2017 NAISMITH MEMORIAL BASKETBALL HOF INDUCTEES

April 4, 2017

The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA), the official Alumni Association of NBA, ABA, WNBA and Harlem Globetrotters, wishes to congratulate NBRPA members Mannie Jackson, George McGinnis, and Tracy McGrady on being named to the 2017 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

“We are very proud of Mannie Jackson, George McGinnis, and Tracy McGrady on their esteemed honor,” said NBRPA President & CEO Arnie D. Fielkow. “We are proud to have these great individuals represent our organization and we are delighted to see the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame recognize their remarkable basketball careers.”

Mannie Jackson played for the Harlem Globetrotters from 1962-1964 and then purchased the Globetrotters in 1993 where he went on to serve as CEO until 2007. In doing so, he was the first African-American owner of a major international sports and entertainment organization. He served as Chairman of the Board for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame from 2007-2009 and is the namesake of the Mannie Jackson Basketball’s Human Spirit Award.

George McGinnis was a six-time All-Star during his career in both the ABA and the NBA. He played in the ABA from 1971-1975 and in the NBA from 1975-1982. During his ABA career, he averaged 25 points and 12.9 rebounds per game. He helped lead the Indiana Pacers to back-to-back ABA championships in 1972 and 1973. In 1975, he won co-MVP of the ABA with fellow Hall of Famer Julius Erving. In the NBA, he averaged 17 points and 9.8 rebounds per game and earned All-NBA First Team in 1976.

Tracy McGrady was a seven-time NBA All-Star and a two-time NBA Scoring Champion. After being named the NBA’s Most Improved Player in 2001, he was named to the All-NBA First Team in 2002 and 2003. He holds the Orlando Magic franchise record for most points in a single game (62). Internationally, he earned a FIBA America’s Championship Gold Medal in 2003 and was named a Chinese Basketball Association All-Star in 2013. He is considered a pioneer for high school basketball players who went straight into the NBA.

Others selected to the 2017 Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame include Nick Galis, Robert Hughes, Jerry Krause, Rebecca Lobo, Muffet McGraw, and Bill Self.

The Class of 2017 will be enshrined at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts on Friday, September 8.

About the National Basketball Retired Players Association
The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) is comprised of former professional basketball players from the NBA, ABA, WNBA and Harlem Globetrotters. It is a 501(c) 3 organization with a mission to develop, implement and advocate a wide array of programs to benefit its members, supporters and the community. The NBRPA was founded in 1992 by basketball legends Dave DeBusschere, Dave Bing, Archie Clark, Dave Cowens and Oscar Robertson. The NBRPA works in direct partnerships with the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association. Arnie D. Fielkow is the President and CEO, and the NBRPA Board of Directors includes Chairman of the Board Dwight Davis, Vice Chairman Mike Glenn, Treasurer Casey Shaw, Secretary Nancy Lieberman, Rick Barry, James Donaldson, Spencer Haywood, LaRue Martin Jr., David Naves, Johnny Newman and Eldridge Recasner.