HALL OF FAME 2006

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Dominique, Charles and Joe D enshrined in Springfield
On September 8, NBA Legends Charles Barkley, Joe Dumars and Dominique Wilkins were enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. The three combined to play 45 seasons in the league, compiling 26 total All-Star selections and 21 appearances on All-NBA teams.

Charles Barkley speech
Joe Dumars speech
Dominique Wilkins speech
More Hall of Fame video
They are joined in the class of 2006 by UConn women's coach Geno Auriemma, former Big East commissioner David Gavitt and former Italian National Team Coach Sandro Gamba.
Rick Kamla: Living the Fantasy: Hall of Fame
Blog: NBA.com's John Hareas At the Hall
Blog: On the road with Dominique Wilkins
Testimonials: Quotes on the Class

Curt Gowdy Award: Raftery and Heisler Recipients of Prestigious Media Award
Lifetime Achievement Award: Jaynes Honored with Hall of Fame Bunn Award

CHARLES BARKLEY
JOE DUMARS
DOMINIQUE WILKINS
Charles Barkley is an 11-time All-Star, two-time Olympic gold medalist, former NBA MVP and one of the best power forwards in the history of the league. Joe Dumars is a six-time All-Star, two-time NBA champion and Finals MVP who played all 14 of his seasons in Detroit. Dominique Wilkins is a nine-time All-Star, seven-time All-NBA selection and two-time Slam Dunk champion who is known as one of the greatest athletes the league has ever seen.
Info: Bio | Stats
Video: Retrospective | Highlights
Video: Others on Charles
Photos: Barkley Gallery
Hoop: You're a Good Man!
Presenting sponsors: Moses Malone and Jerry Colangelo
Majerle: A Special Friend
A Place Among Elite
Big Night About To Become Real


Info: Bio | Stats
Video: Joe D Retrospective
Video: Others on Dumars
Photos: Dumars Gallery
Hoop: In The Driver's Seat
Hoop: Cool Hand Joe
Presenting sponsor: Isiah Thomas
In His Own Words
Dreams Come True
Bad Boys' Good Guy


Info: Bio | Stats
Video: Retrospective | Highlights
Video: Others on 'Nique
Photos: Wilkins Gallery
Blog: Road to the Hall
Presenting sponsor: Julius Erving
'Nique's Journey To Hall


GENO AURIEMMA
SANDRO GAMBA
DAVID GAVITT
In 21 seasons as the women's coach at the University of Connecticut, Geno Auriemma has led the Huskies to five National Championships, eight Final Four appearances and two undefeated seasons. His teams have compiled more than 570 wins at UConn, where he has been named National Coach of the Year five times and captured 14 Big East regular season and 12 Big East tournament titles. Sandro Gamba, a native of Milan, Italy, has coached in Europe for over 30 years,; including Italian Division I professional league teams Simmenthal (1965-73), Ignis (1973-77), Turin (1977-1980) and the Italian National Team (1979-1992). Gamba has coached four Italian Olympic teams (1980, 1984, 1988, 1992), and led the 1980 squad to a silver medal. His Italian professional teams have won five Italian League championships, a European Championship, a Champions Cup and Cup of Cups title. In addition, his national squads captured a gold medal at the 1983 European Championship.
Video: West on Gamba
David Gavitt served as the Chair of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee from 1982 to 1984 and is responsible for the expansion of the tournament to 64 teams, the use of domed stadiums for the Final Four, and expanded the CBS television coverage with the first contract. Gavitt was the president of USA Basketball from 1988 to 1992. As head coach at Providence College, he led the team to eight consecutive 20-win seasons, five NCAA Tournament appearances and one Final Four.
Video: Granik on Gavitt

Curt Gowdy Award
Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award
Bill Raftery of NBA TV, CBS and ESPN and Los Angeles Times writer Mark Heisler will be awarded the 2006 Curt Gowdy Media Award. Betty F. Jaynes, former Director and CEO of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, will receive the 2006 Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award.