Archibald, Sampson, Haywood & Weatherspoon to be at Celebration

February 10, 2015

The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA), the only Association comprised of NBA, ABA, Harlem Globetrotters and WNBA alumni, recently announced long-time supporter Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC as the title sponsor of its “Celebrate Black History Month” initiative for February, 2015. As part of this innovative partnership to honor the legacy of key African American figures in basketball, Wells Fargo Advisors will present a series of feature stories to run in Rebound Magazine and LegendsofBasketball.com, as well as a very special Legends Black History Month Panel as part of the Legends Welcome Reception during the NBA’s All-Star Weekend in New York City on Friday, February 13.

Today the NBRPA announced the five panelists to appear in the Astor Ballroom of the Marriott Marquis at 5:20 p.m. on February 13 as part of the Black History Month Celebration. Moderated by Marc Morial, CEO of the National Urban League, the panelists are:

Nate “Tiny’ Archibald
- Naismith Memorial Hall of Famer
- 6x NBA All-Star (Boston Celtics/New York Nets/Kansas City Kings)
- Member of NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team
- New York City native (Bronx)
Spencer Haywood
- Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Finalist
- 4x NBA All-Star (Seattle Supersonics)
- ABA MVP (Denver Rockets)
- Sued NBA for the right of underclassmen to enter the league (case settled in U.S. Supreme Court)
Ralph Sampson
- Naismith Memorial Hall of Famer
- 4x NBA All-Star (Houston Rockets)
- 3x National College Player of the Year (University of Virginia)
Teresa Weatherspoon
- 4x WNBA All-Star (New York Liberty)
- 1x National College Player of the Year (Louisiana Tech)
- 6x All-Star in Italy (pre-WNBA)
- Former head coach at her alma mater, LA Tech
Dr. Richard Lapchick
- Son of former New York Knicks Coach Joe Lapchick, who signed Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton as first African-American to sign an NBA contract
- Human rights activist who is often referred to as the “racial conscience of sport”
- Was contracted as a consultant by the NBA after last summer’s racial controversy surrounding former LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling
- Leads DeVos Sport Business Management Program at the University of Central Florida and through UCF's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) publishes an annual racial and gender report card for major sports entities
In addition to the Legends Black History Month Panel Discussion at All-Star Weekend, Wells Fargo Advisors will present the Legends Breakfast in conjunction with the NBRPA and Athletes in Action at 9 a.m. on Saturday, February 14 in the Broadway Ballroom of the Marriott Marquis. As part of this very special event, ESPN’s Chris Broussard will emcee a start-studded program that features USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo and two yet-to-be-announced honorees.

The Legends Welcome Reception and Legends Breakfast at All-Star 2015 in New York will be attended by hundreds of former NBA, ABA, Harlem Globetrotters and WNBA players from the NBRPA. The events are not open to the general public; however media wishing to cover these events may contact Paul Corliss, Vice President of Communications & Marketing for the NBRPA at 917-621-5744 or pcorliss@legendsofbasketball.com.

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 & CEO, and the NBRPA Board of Directors includes Chairman of the Board Otis Birdsong, Vice Chairman Thurl Bailey, Treasurer Marvin Roberts, Secretary Steve Hayes, Past Chairman Robert A. (Bob) Elliott, Past Chairman Dr. George W. Tinsley Sr., Rick Barry, Dwight Davis, Spencer Haywood, Nancy Lieberman, Johnny Newman and Eldridge Recasner.