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Basketball hall adds honors for Colangelo, Embry

Associated Press Published: September 6, 2012
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The basketball Hall of Fame is changing the name of its showcase atrium to honor Jerry Colangelo.

Center Court at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will now be named for the former Phoenix Suns general manager. Colangelo is chairman of the hall's board of directors and the head of USA Basketball who was the architect of the American victories in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

Also Thursday, the hall announced that Wayne Embry will receive the Chairman's Cup. Embry had an 11-year career in the NBA before becoming the league's first black general manager.

The honors were announced Thursday, a day before the annual induction ceremony. This year's inductees include Reggie Miller, Don Nelson, Ralph Sampson and Nike co-founder Phil Knight.