Special, One-Hour Primetime Show Celebrates and Honors Hall of Fame Careers of Warriors Legends Mitch Richmond, Sarunas Marciulionis, Alvin Attles and Guy Rodgers
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (July 30, 2014) – Comcast SportsNet Bay Area (@CSNAuthentic), the home of the “Authentic Bay Area Sports,” presents a special, primetime show – Yahoo SportsTalk Live: Warriors Hall of Fame Special on Monday, August 4 at 7 p.m. – honoring former Golden State Warriors and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014 members Mitch Richmond, Sarunas Marciulionis and Guy Rodgers, and 2014 John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Alvin Attles. The Class of 2014 will be enshrined in Springfield, Mass. on Friday, August 8.
Richmond, Marciulionis and Attles will join show hosts, three-time California Sportscaster of the Year Greg Papa, former Warriors general manager and head coach Garry St. Jean and CSNBayArea.com’s Warriors Insider Monte Poole, to discuss their illustrious careers and relive some of their biggest thrills and most memorable games. In addition, Dallas Mavericks’ President of Basketball Operations and former assistant coach for the Lithuanian National Team Donnie Nelson, Warriors legend Tom Meschery and other Warriors alumni and dignitaries will join the program to pay tribute to the Class of 2014. The live one-hour program will originate from the Comcast SportsNet studios and on location from an exclusive, invitation-only Hall of Fame party at “The 360,” a spectacular rooftop venue atop the network's headquarters in downtown San Francisco.
Yahoo SportsTalk Live: Warriors Hall of Fame Special will re-air on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area on Tuesday, Aug. 5 at 3:30 p.m. and Friday, Aug. 8 at 3 p.m.
The Class of 2014 includes Richmond, seven-time NBA All-Star Alonzo Mourning, 1994 Naismith and NABC Coach of the Year Nolan Richardson, two-time NCAA National Championship coach Gary Williams and Immaculata University’s AIAW National Championship teams of the early 1970s. To be elected into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, finalists require 18 of 24 votes from the Honors Committee. Marciulionis (International Committee) and Rodgers (Veterans Committee) join the other members of the Class of 2014, along with fellow Direct Elects Bob Leonard (American Basketball Association Committee), Nat Clifton (Early African American Pioneers Committee) and David Stern (Contributor Director Election Committee).
Richmond, a six-time NBA-All Star, was elected into the Hall of Fame after being named a finalist for the second consecutive year. Originally selected by Golden State with the fifth overall pick of the 1988 NBA Draft, he spent the first three seasons of his career with the Warriors (1988-91), averaging 22.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.31 steals and 36.5 minutes in 234 games. In 14 NBA seasons with the Warriors, Sacramento Kings, Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Lakers, Richmond posted averages of 21.0 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.24 steals and 35.2 minutes in 976 games and captured an NBA Championship with the Lakers in his final season (2001-02). The Kansas State alum earned a gold medal as a member of the United States Men’s National Team at the 1996 Olympic Games after previously capturing bronze at the 1988 Olympics. Along with Hall of Famer Chris Mullin and Tim Hardaway, Richmond was a member of the celebrated “Run TMC” trio in his final two seasons with the Warriors and boasts the fifth highest scoring average in franchise history.
Marciulionis was one of the first international players to receive regular playing time in the NBA, helping lead the internationalization of the NBA in the early 1990s. Originally drafted by Golden State in the sixth round of the 1987 NBA Draft, he moved to the NBA from Lithuania in 1989. Marciulionis played four seasons (1989-93) for the Warriors, averaging 14.7 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists while shooting 52.8 percent from the field in 227 regular season games. Over seven seasons (1989-97) in the NBA with the Warriors, Seattle SuperSonics, Sacramento Kings and Denver Nuggets, he posted career averages of 12.8 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists while shooting 50.5 percent from the field in 363 regular season games. A member of the 1988 USSR National Team, Marciulionis won a Gold Medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.
Warriors Legend & Ambassador Alvin Attles becomes the 42nd winner of the Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award, which was instituted by the Board Enshrinement. Named in honor of Hall of Famer John W. Bunn (Class of 1964), the first chairman of the Basketball Hall of Fame Committee who served from 1949-64, the award honors coaches, players and contributors whose outstanding accomplishments have impacted the high school, college, professional or International game. Attles has spent more than 50 consecutive years with Golden State as a player, player-coach, coach, general manager, vice-president, consultant and ambassador.
Rodgers, a four-time NBA All-Star, was originally a territorial selection by the Philadelphia Warriors in the 1958 NBA Draft. In eight seasons (1958-66) with the Warriors (four in both Philadelphia and San Francisco), Rodgers averaged 12.8 points, 8.3 assists and 5.1 rebounds over 587 regular season games with the franchise, earning All-Star honors three times (1962-63, 1966). A Temple University product, Rodgers played 13 seasons (1958-1970) in the NBA with the Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors, Chicago Bulls, Cincinnati Royals and Milwaukee Bucks, finishing with career averages of 11.7 points, 7.8 assists and 4.3 rebounds in 892 regular season games, leading the NBA in assists two times (1963, 1967).
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