Some really big news for Alonzo Mourning, who won his NBA title with Miami Heat. Mourning’s not only being inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame, but it’s a nice addition to being a board member of his alma mater, Georgetown University.
Mourning is joined by former NBA star Mitch Richmond and NCAA championship-winning coaches Nolan Richardson and Gary Williams.
“I didn’t understand the prestige of this university, the global prestige of this university,” Mourning said. “Never in my wildest dreams would I ever thought as a freshman that I would be sitting on the board of that university. Now I’m rubbing elbows with CEOs and billionaires and individuals that helped change this world.”
With 668 wins under his belt, Williams definitely deserves his honor. “I was just a coach,” Williams said. “To be able to go in with Nolan certainly is great.”
For Richmond, his best years were on losing teams — being 37th on the NBA scoring list at 20,497 points.. He said, “you can judge me and you can judge my game. I’m a Hall of Famer.”
Richardson led Arkansas to the NCAA title over Duke 20 years ago. He’s a former player under the late Hall of Fame coach Don Haskins at UTEP — formerly known as Texas Western. Then, Richardson went on to lead the Razorbacks to the Final Four twice — in 1990 and 1995.
Unfortunately, Richardson couldn’t share his Hall of Fame honor with them.
“I know they would be so happy and delighted,” said Richardson, who hasn’t coached since leaving Arkansas in 2002 and has 509 career victories. “I ask the good Lord to give them the message that things are good and I’ve done all right.”
All of these basketball greats will be honored at the NBA Hall of Fame ceremony on Friday, Aug. 8 in Springfield, Mass.