This weekend, 11 people will be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
As is tradition, each of them will be “presented” — a ceremonial position where they stand near the inductee — by a mentor or friend of theirs already in the Hall.
Tuesday, the HOF released the list of presenters — and it’s impressive. Charles Barkley, Bill Walton, Dr. J., Pat Riley, David Stern, Larry Brown, and the list goes on. The two Celtics legends, Jo Jo White and Tommy Heinsohn, have other Celtics legends and teammates welcoming them into the club.
Here is the official list of presenters:
Dick Bavetta: presented by Charles Barkley, Bob Lanier and Don Nelson
Dikembe Mutombo: presented by David Stern and John Thompson
Spencer Haywood: presented by Charles Barkley, Bill Walton and Lenny Wilkens
Jo Jo White: presented by Dave Cowens and John Havlicek
John Calipari: presented by Larry Brown, Julius Erving and Pat Riley
Louis Dampier: presented by Dan Issel
Lindsay Gaze: presented by Larry Brown, Hank Nichols and Lute Olson
Tom Heinsohn: presented by Tom “Satch” Sanders
John Isaacs: presented by Nate Archibald
Lisa Leslie: presented by Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, Teresa Edwards, Katrina McClain, Dawn Staley, Tara VanDerveer, Lynette Woodard and James Worthy
George Raveling: presented by Phil Knight, John Thompson and Lenny Wilkens