HALL OF FAME 2008
Ewing, Olajuwon, Riley Headline HOF Class

    Profiles and Highlights
Hakeem Olajuwon: Career Retrospective | Championship Run | Top 10 Plays | Best of the Rest | Draft Moment
Patrick Ewing: Career Retrospective | Top 13 Plays | Draft Moment
Pat Riley: Career Highlights | Master Motivator: Heat '06 Members Weigh In
Adrian Dantley: Career Highlights
Dick Vitale: Career Highlights
  Announcement Coverage
Watch the Press Conference
  Post Announcement Interviews
Olajuwon | Ewing | Dantley | Riley | Vitale
More Hall of Fame video

Back in 1994, the New York Knicks, led by Patrick Ewing at center and Pat Riley at head coach, took Hakeem Olajuwon's Houston Rockets to seven games before bowing out in the NBA Finals. Fourteen years later the trio was reunited as peers entering the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as members of the Class of 2008 on Friday in Springfield, Mass.

Fifteen-year NBA pro Adrian Dantley, Detroit Pistons owner Bill Davidson, longtime college basketball analyst Dick Vitale and Immaculata University Women's coach Cathy Rush round out the class announced on Monday at a news conference in San Antonio, TX prior to the NCAA's Men's Division I Championship game.

A Finalist needs 18 of 24 votes from the Honors Committee for election into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The Class of 2008 was enshrined during festivities in Springfield, MA on September 4-6, 2008.

Check out news around the web about the Class of 2008 and read John Hareas' blog for a recap of all the action from Springfield. Also, take a look at Friday's press conference photos and ceremony gallery.

Hall of Fame Speech Video: Adrian Dantley | Cathy Rush | Bill Davidson | Dick Vitale | Hakeem Olajuwon | Patrick Ewing | Pat Riley


HAKEEM OLAJUWON
PATRICK EWING
PAT RILEY

Hakeem Olajuwon led the Houston Rockets to back-to-back NBA championships in 1994 and 1995, was named NBA MVP in 1994 and was a two-time Defensive Player of the Year. Olajuwon still holds the NBA record for blocked shots (3,830) and is the only player to record more than 3,000 blocked shots and 2,000 steals in a career.
Info: Bio | Career Stats
Photos: Rockets Honor Hakeem | Career
Video: Career Retrospective | Title Run | Top 10 Plays | Best of Rest | Draft Moment | Speech | Feature | More

Patrick Ewing, a 17-year NBA player, was an 11-time All-Star, two-time Olympic gold medalist, three-time collegiate All-American and totaled 24,815 points and 11,607 rebounds during his pro career.
Info: Bio | Career Stats
Photos: Ewing's Career
More: Knicks Honor Pat
Video: Career Retrospective | Top 13 Plays | Draft Moment | Speech | Feature | More

Pat Riley is a three-time NBA Coach of the Year and currently ranks third on the all-time wins list in NBA history behind Lenny Wilkens and Don Nelson. Riley has five titles as a coach, four with the Lakers and one with the Heat and is a member of the NBA's Ten Best Coaches of All-Time.
Info: Bio
Photos: Riley's Career
Video: Career Highlights | Master Motivator: Heat '06 Members Weigh In | Speech | Feature

ADRIAN DANTLEY
BILL DAVIDSON
DICK VITALE
Adrian Dantley, a 15-year NBA pro with seven different teams, was a six-time All-Star, won a gold medal with the 1976 Olympic team and was also Rookie of the Year in 1977. His 23,177 career points still ranks 23rd all-time in the NBA.
Info: Bio | Career Stats
Photos: Dantley's Career
Hareas: What took him so long?
Video: Career Highlights | Speech | Feature | More
William "Bill" Davidson has been an owner of the Pistons since 1974 and the WNBA Shock since 1998. His Pistons have garnered three NBA titles to go along with two WNBA championships for the Shock. Davidson was elected to the Hall of Fame as a contributor.
Info: Bio
Photos: Davidson's Career
Pistons.com: Davidson's In
Video: Speech | Feature
Dick Vitale, a former high school, college and professional basketball coach, was elected to the Hall of Fame as a contributor for his successful run as a color commentator on the college game.
Video: Career Highlights | Speech | Feature