Pat Summitt chosen for FIBA Hall

Tennessee head coach emeritus Pat Summitt smiles as a banner is raised in her honor before an NCAA college basketball game against Notre Dame on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

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Tennessee head coach emeritus Pat Summitt smiles as a banner is raised in her honor before an NCAA college basketball game against Notre Dame on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

Another basketball hall of fame for Pat Summitt.

The former University of Tennessee women’s coach headlines the 2013 FIBA Hall of Fame class.

Summitt has already been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.

Summitt, the all-time leader in victories in college basketball, won a silver medal as a player on the 1976 Olympic team and guided the U.S. to gold in 1984. She is one of only two American women to win a medal as both a player and head coach, joining Anne Donovan. Summitt also was the coach of the 1979 world championship team that won America’s first gold medal at the event since 1957.

Summitt is joined by David Robinson, who won two gold medals and a bronze in the Olympics, and Teresa Edwards, who helped the U.S. win four gold medals and a bronze in her five Olympics from 1984-2000.

Other player inductees include Andrew Gaze (Australia), Jean-Jacques Conceicao (Angola), Paula Goncalves (Brazil) and Zoran Slavnic (Serbia). Former coaches Jack Donohue (Canada) and Cesare Rubini (Italy) join Summitt.

Technical officials Valeentin Lazarov (Bulgaria) and Costas Rigas (Greece), along with contributor Aldo Vitale (Italy), round out the class.

“These are great personalities who have experienced great success on and off the court, but who also stand out for the character they have shown and for the countless efforts they have made to help promote our sport,” said FIBA secretary general Patrick Baumann.

The induction ceremony will be June 19.

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volfreak#210492 writes:

Congrats, Coach Pat! An amazing lady!

And FIBA is? Yes, I can do a web search but isn't it one of the rules of writing to spell out an acronym on first use?

Original_Witch_Doctor writes:

Witch Doctor Googled. Yes Witch Doctor can do that.
It is either Florida International Bankers Association or International Basketball Federation?
Witch Doctor says no one more deserving which ever it is.
Bones never lie.

SummittsCourt writes:

Pat Summitt deserves to be in the all time greatest humans hall of fame.

madrigal writes:

No surprise here! Pat did more than just about anyone to establish women's basketball as a major sport. She definitely belongs in any hall of fame, but particularly that of FIBA (the International Basketball Federation, more commonly known as FIBA from its French name Fédération Internationale de Basket-ball).

Whoever wrote this article deserves some lashes with a wet noodle for NOT observing the rules of journalism and clarifying the acronym.

tovolny writes:

in response to volfreak#210492:

Congrats, Coach Pat! An amazing lady!

And FIBA is? Yes, I can do a web search but isn't it one of the rules of writing to spell out an acronym on first use?

You are exactly right. Even IBM, NCAA, and NAACP should be spelled out when it first appears.

monstermd writes:

in response to SummittsCourt:

Pat Summitt deserves to be in the all time greatest humans hall of fame.

Love this. I remember thinking when my daughter was just 1 yr old in 2002, "I want my daughter to play for coach Summit." While she will not have the opportunity to do that, I always take the time to educate my daughter on Coach Summit and the Lady Vols.

volfan#207874 writes:

Congratulations to the great lady of women's basketball. FIBA Hall of fame has their head screwed on right when they recognized greatness and servitude in bestowing the accolade of yet another Hall of Fame membership to our beloved Pat.
GBO

maxvolfan#217855 writes:

Man I can't wait till basketball season. When do they start practice? Has those freshmen made it on campus yet? Get in the gym. We are hungry for a Banner!

Mama_Also_Calls_Me_Precious writes:

in response to maxvolfan#217855:

Man I can't wait till basketball season. When do they start practice? Has those freshmen made it on campus yet? Get in the gym. We are hungry for a Banner!

I know Russell is already on campus, not sure about the other two though. I remember when the practices were open and you could go watch em. And lemme tell ya, some of those practices were intense!! I miss those days..

maxvolfan#217855 writes:

Glory Johnson had 20 pts 14 fb in a Tulsa loss. Kamiko looked good in her debute 6 pts 4 assist .

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