SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) — As of Saturday, 16 basketball greats are now forever enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Downtown Springfield same to life as dozens of people came to witness the class of 2021 become Basketball Hall of Famers, and this year the list was full of big names.
“It’s fun to see these guys. I mean we are from Springfield so this is what we do we talk about basketball we play basketball so it’s fun to see a few guys come out here once a year,” Greg Smith said.
NBA fans will recognize many faces from the 16 person class of 2021. Led by NBA superstars Chris Bosh and Celtics superstar Paul Pierce.
“I was here when they won in 2008 in game 6 at TD Garden with Pierce, Garnett and Allen and this is just the capping stone of that season and his career,” Jim McGill said.
Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell is also inducted, this time, for his coaching career. He becomes the 5th person to be inducted into the hall of fame as both a player and coach.